Mercedes Benz Style Coupe concept is amazing
Pictured here officially for the first time, the heavily sculptured four-door reveals the dramatic appearance of the new Mercedes CLS-inspired junior saloon, which is due go on sale next year with a base price of about £19,000.
Mercedes briefly flashed some of the car’s interior last week in a video talking about style and craftsmanship. Now we have a full video and a host of pictures to show you what the car looks like. More importantly, it gives us a strong indication of what the CLC or the CLA will look like at the 2013 debut.
The car is a sleeker, more elongated version of the new A-Class we first saw in Geneva last month, based heavily on the F800 style concept we saw in 2010. Just as in the A-Class, a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four cylinder with 211 hp will power the front wheels.
Among the CLA’s four-door rivals will be a saloon version of the new Audi A3, also due next year, and a secret four-door version of the BMW 1-series, which is currently undergoing conceptual development with a view to introduction in 2015.
The CLA also has in its sights the Volkswagen Jetta – a car officials suggest they will target heavily in North America and China, markets considered crucial to the CLA’s success.
Long billed as a junior CLS, the CLA will sit below the Mercedes C-class saloon on price and features in the marques line-up. However, this CSC show car hints that Mercedes’ new entry-level saloon will be 47mm longer, a considerable 121mm wider and 47mm lower than the C-class saloon. The CSC is 4637mm long, 1891mm wide and 1398mm tall.
These official measurements also make it 345mm longer, the same width and 35mm lower than the new Mercedes A-class – a car with which the CLA shares its platform, chassis and driveline architecture.