Official pics revealing Mercedes' stunning new Beijing concept leak out
18 April 2012

The first official pictures of the Mercedes Concept Style Coupe (CSC) have leaked on a German website ahead of its official unveiling at next week's Beijing motor show. The CSC previews Mercedes' upcoming CLA saloon, which is tipped to go into production in 2013 priced from around £19,000.

The pictures reveal the CSC sports styling inspired by the larger CLS. It evolves the look of the F800 concept from 2010, which has led the way for Mercedes' latest design direction.

Underneath, the concept is believed to use Mercedes' new MFA platform. This will also underpin the CLA production car, and has been seen so far on the A-class and B-class. Also planned to come off this platform is a small SUV called GLC, and a shooting brake version of the CLA.

The concept is claimed to be 4637mm long, which makes it 47mm longer than the current C-class. However, the next-generation C-class will grow in size, meaning the production CLA will still slot below it in Mercedes' product line-up.

Power for the concept is said to come from the same turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine that appeared in the new A25 at the Geneva motor show in March. It produces 208bhp, the same as a Volkswagen Golf GTI.

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18 April 2012

Always wondered what Chris Bangle was doing recently. Looks like it,s melting

18 April 2012

MBs styling has been hit or miss lately, but this one is definitely a winner. Can't wait to see the real ( production ready ) thing.

 

 

18 April 2012

19k in someone's dreams. The new Volvo hatchback starts at a cappuccino under 20. And no, it won't look like this - it will be considerably more upright, just like the A-class proved to be after its implausibly low, sleek concept. Mark wolseley's words.

18 April 2012

it`s OK

18 April 2012

Stunning, I would have one of those in a flash, if it started at 19000 all the better.

Has to be one of the sleekest looking things to come out of Merc in a long time. I think the current CLS is a cracking looking and driving bit of kit just now and not much else is comparable.

Myk

18 April 2012

Crikey! The first decent looking Mercedes for ages. Still a bit too much going on, but visually very arresting. No doubt the production version will look awfully frumpy by comparison a la A-Class.

I can't see how it's going to cost £19k either, but if it's considerably more won't it fall fowl of the planned CLC?

18 April 2012

Half and half. In some of the shots it looks rather nice, but in shot 2 it seems to have some very odd over-all proportions.

18 April 2012

[quote Myk]I can't see how it's going to cost £19k either, but if it's considerably more won't it fall fowl of the planned CLC?[/quote]

Pretty sure this is the CLC, and that there was just a confusion with the names ( i wonder why... ).

On the other hand, i remember reading some rumours about the next gen S-class getting a 4 door coupe of its own, which i guess would/should be called CLS, moving that nameplate up a class and thus making room for something in between. Either a CLC or a CLE. Or, this being MB, both.

 

 

18 April 2012

A good-looking, generously proportioned, relatively powerful prestige car for £19k? Surely that's too good to be true. I do hope not...

Myk

18 April 2012

[quote tuga]

Pretty sure this is the CLC, and that there was just a confusion with the names ( i wonder why... ).

On the other hand, i remember reading some rumours about the next gen S-class getting a 4 door coupe of its own, which i guess would/should be called CLS, moving that nameplate up a class and thus making room for something in between. Either a CLC or a CLE. Or, this being MB, both.

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I dunno - I'm really confused. If this is a swoopy saloon version of the A-Class then it's the CLA, which the article seems to suggest (and which would put it up against the forthcoming saloon version of the new Audi A3). This means that the planned swoopy saloon version of the next C-Class is the CLC (which will need to be half-way between this CLA and the CLS in size). The current CLS is of course really a CLE as it's based on the E-Class. Confused much?

Whatever it is, in the days where a 1.6 Kia C'eed costs over £20k, this certainly isn't going to come in at £19k.

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