Received 26 May 2011
In the title compound, C7H7Cl2N, a halogenated derivative of 2,6-lutidine, the C-Cl vectors of the chloromethyl groups point at opposite sides of the aromatic plane to each other. A weak dispersive ClCl contact [3.4342 (3) Å] connects the molecules into a chain along the  direction. A - interaction with a centroid-centroid distance of 3.7481 (5) Å is also observed.
Data collection: APEX2 (Bruker, 2010); cell refinement: SAINT (Bruker, 2010); data reduction: SAINT; program(s) used to solve structure: SHELXS97 (Sheldrick, 2008); program(s) used to refine structure: SHELXL97 (Sheldrick, 2008); molecular graphics: ORTEP-3 (Farrugia, 1997) and Mercury (Macrae et al., 2008); software used to prepare material for publication: SHELXL97 and PLATON (Spek, 2009).
Supplementary data and figures for this paper are available from the IUCr electronic archives (Reference: IS2723 ).
The authors thank Mr Barry Noble for helpful discussions.
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