Mercedes-Benz is working on junior version of CLS

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 14, 2011

Sources from inside the Mercedes-Benz family say that another four-door coupé – the junior version of the CLS has been given the go-signal to enter production and is expected to arrive in 2014. The new model is inspired by the CLS and the F800 Concept (seen at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show).

It is the smallest coupé in the line-up and it will be built on Mercedes’ new front-wheel-drive MFA platform, which will be shared with next-generation A and B-Class, according to AutoExpress.

Bold character lines will be seen down the sides of this car, which will also get Mercedes’ new family face and a distinctive upright grille. This model is targeted to appeal to younger buyers.

It will be positioned below the C-Class Coupé and is marketed to be a more practical replacement for the outgoing CLC. No official announcement has been made on what engines it will offer but it’s believed that there will be a choice of 1.4 and 1.8-litre turbocharged petrol units from Renault.

A 1.6-litre diesel will also be provided by Renault. At the top of the range is Mercedes’ own 2.0 petrol and 2.2-litre diesel, developing about 200bhp and 170bhp respectively.

Power is sent to the front wheels via a six-speed manual or seven-speed double-clutch automatic gearbox. The MFA platform has been developed with alternative propulsion methods in mind, so a hybrid is also expected to be available. It’s likely that the new car will arrive in 2014. It will be one of four models that will be based on the MFA architecture.

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