These past few days have been pretty busy for our spy photographers. Just yesterday, they were able to catch two of Jaguar’s up and coming models, and today they’re bringing us images of the upcoming Mercedes CLA in light camouflage doing some testing around the Nurburgring.
The future Mercedes CLA, also known as the CLC until recently, can be easily described as a baby CLS. The model will be built on the new A-Class platform - hence the name - and will be offered with the same engine line-up as the A-Class, but with the luxury level offered in the CLS. It will be offered in front-wheel-drive configuration as standard and with both petrol and diesel engines. While Mercedes has confirmed anything just yet, we expect to see a line-up including both the 1.6 and 2.0 liter petrol engines with power going up to 211 HP. The diesel line-up’s top version will be the 170 HP A 220 CDI. An AMG version will also be offered and rumors say it will get a 335 HP turbocharged 2.0-liter unit.
The new Mercedes CLA will make its official debut in 2013.
Our spy photographers have been on fire these past few days, revealing a number of test vehicles as they make their rounds. Today, the car du jour is the upcoming Mercedes CLA - a model that until recently was known as the CLC. The name change occurred because Mercedes decided that all of its future coupe or four-door coupe models would get a name that starts with CL. Since this baby CLS is based on the A-Class platform, the name naturally evolved to the CLA.
But back to the car. The CLA is based on a long-wheelbase version of the upcoming front-drive B-class platform. It will also get an AMG model that is considered an indirect successor to the classic 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II. As you can see in these images, when compared to the previous prototypes caught testing, this CLA is donning less camouflage, revealing more details such as the front, the rear lights, and more of its overall lines.
The future Mercedes CLA will be offered with a four-wheel drive system that will be paired up with the same petrol and diesel engines found in the new A-Class. In the A-Class, the petrol line-up includes 1.6 and 2.0 liters engines, with power ranging from 115 HP in the A 180, 156 HP in the A 200, and 211 HP in the A 250. Diesel versions include the 109 HP A 180 CDI, the 136 HP A 200 CDI, and the 170 HP A 220 CDI. For the CLA, Mercedes will also be offering an AMG version that will get a turbocharged 2.0-liter unit with about 335 HP.
Expect to see the new Mercedes CLA launched sometime in 2013.
While the official debut for the new baby CLS, also known as the CLC, is still one year away, Mercedes has decided to offer the first preview of the upcoming car with the Concept Style Coupe. The new concept is an evolution of the previous F800 Style Concept revealed two years ago and will make its official debut at the 2012 Auto China in Beijing.
The new Concept Style Coupe comes with design elements inspired by the Concept A-Class and features an interplay between concave and convex surfaces that is typical of Mercedes. Under the hood, Mercedes has placed a 2.0-liter petrol engine that delivers a total of 211 HP, combined with an efficient 4MATIC all-wheel drive system and a 7G-DCT dual clutch automatic transmission.
"The Concept Style Coupe is expressive and powerful in its design", said Dr Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars. "We are staking our claim very clearly here. This is the model against which sporty vehicles in the executive segment will have to measure themselves in future."
UPDATE 04/26/2012: Mercedes has unveiled a new video for their latest Concept Style Coupe. The video shows Gordon Wagener, the Head Designer at Mercedes-Benz as he offers an exclusive presentation of the Concept. At one point, he goes into detail about the headlamp inspiration, detailing how it was designed to look just like an eye. Amazing!
Hit the jump to read more about the new Mercedes-Benz Concept Style Coupe. Full story
Mercedes is preparing to expand its line-up with a new model to be placed under the current CLS sedan. This future model - called the CLC but codenamed C117 - has been spotted again, this time during winter testing. The baby CLS model is expected to be unveiled in 2013 and will be offered in both standard and AMG versions.
The new Mercedes CLC-Class will be built on a longer version of the platform used for the new A- and B-Class models and will be offered in both front- and all-wheel-drive versions. The standard model will be powered by both petrol and diesel engines, with power ranging between 121 to 154 HP for the petrol versions and from 107 to 134 HP for the diesel variants. Both versions will be offered with either a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission or a six-speed manual. The CLC AMG will be offered with an all-wheel-drive configuration and a turbocharged engine that will deliver upwards of 300 - 340 HP.
Stay tuned as we uncover more details on the future Mercedes CLC-Class.
We are reporting about a baby Mercedes CLS for quite some time now, but today we bring you another proof that the car is being hardly tested. Codenamed C117, the new CLC it is a little 4-door Coupe set to hit a show room close to you in 2013.
The new CLC will be based on a longer version from the platform made for the new A-Class and B-Class. This platform will make it possible to offer both front- and all-wheel-drive versions, and with rumors of a high power AMG version it might be good with all-wheel-drive to be sure to get the power down.
The model will be offered with a 1.6 liter turbocharged petrol engine offered in two versions: one with 121 HP and one with 154 HP. European will also receive a diesel motor also offered in two versions: one with 107 and the other one with 134 HP. The engine will be mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission or a six-speed manual. Rumors also talk that Mercedes will also be offering an AMG version that will deliver somewhere between 300 and 340 HP.
The Mercedes CLC went on sale back in May 2008 at the Mercedes plant in Juiz de Fora, Brazil. Unfortunately, sales for the sportscar were worst than expected so after only two years of production Mercedes has decided that the sun will set on the Mercedes CLC’s day. Instead of producing the coupe, Mercedes wants to start assembling commercial vehicles for South America.
The compact coupe has never met Mercedes customers’ tastes who considered it a restyled version of the C-Class Coupé and not a totally new car. More than that, the debut of the Mercedes C-Class Coupe in 2011 will leave no room in the line-up for the CLC anyway.
The CLC is offered in six different versions. There’s a four four-cylinder and two six-cylinder engines with power outputs ranging from 122 hp to 272 hp. All the engines are mated to a six-speed manual transmission as standard, but the customer can also choose from a five-speed automatic transmission for the four‑cylinder units and a 7G-TRONIC seven-speed automatic transmission for the V6 models.
So, it’s time to say goodbye to the Mercedes CLC. Can’t say we’ll miss you, pal.
The sporty CLC will go on sale in Europe later this month at a price of €28,000 (around $43,360). The company launched a new campaign for the CLC in Europe called: "What car do you drive when you’re dreaming?" (Well, I am dreaming, so maybe a Maybach Exelero, but not the CLC for sure!).
"The CLC is a vehicle that appeals to the emotions, particularly to young people’s desire to own a car that has a great performance and is a lot of fun to drive. Alongside a classic marketing campaign, we’re therefore also using new types of advertising, which place more emphasis on the personal experience of the vehicle," says Dr. Olaf Göttgens, Vice President Brand Communications Mercedes-Benz Cars.
The CLC is offered in six different versions: four four-cylinder and two six-cylinder engines with power outputs ranging from 122 hp to 272 hp. The top of the class, the CLC 350 is powered by a 3498 cc V6 engine that delivers 272 hp and a peak torque of 350 Nm at 2400-5000 rpm. You will be able to make the 0 to 60 mph sprint in just 6.3 seconds and hit a top speed of 155 mph (electronically limited).
Mercedes unveiled today the CLC-Class, a model designed for young drivers looking for an athletic car that gives an involving drive, while at the same time delivering the hallmark Mercedes quality standards in terms of safety, comfort, environmental compatibility and functionality. The new Sports Coupe will go on sale in May 2008.
The CLC is offered in six different versions: four four-cylinder and two six-cylinder engines with power outputs ranging from 122 hp to 272 hp. The CLC 200 KOMPRESSOR develops 204 hp and has a fuel consumption of 7.8 to 8.2 litres per 100 kilometres in the NEDC cycle - the equivalent of up to 0.7 litres less than before. All the engines are mated with a six-speed manual transmission as standard, but you can also choose a five-speed automatic transmission for the four‑cylinder units, and the 7G-TRONIC seven-speed automatic transmission for the V6 models.
The CLC 200 CDI is powered by a 2148 cc Inline-4 engine that delivers 122 hp and a peak torque of 270 Nm at 1600-2800 rpm. It makes the 0 to 100 km/h sprint in 11.3 seconds and hits a top speed of 206 km/h. The CLC 220 CDI is powered by a 2148 cc Inline-4 engine that delivers 150 hp and a peak torque of 340 Nm at 2000 rpm. This version makes the 0 to 100 km/h sprint in 9.7 seconds and hits a top speed of 224 km/h.
The CLC 180 KOMPRESSOR is powered by a 1796 cc Inline-4 engine that delivers 143 hp and a peak torque of 230 Nm at 2500-4200 rpm. 0 to 100 km/h sprint will be made in 9.7 seconds and you will be able to hit a top speed of 220 km/h. The CLC 200 KOMPRESSOR is powered by a 1796 cc Inline-4 engine that delivers 184 hp and a peak torque of 250 Nm at 2800-5000 rpm. The 0 to 100 km/h sprint will be made in 8.6 seconds and the top speed is 235 km/h.
The CLC 230 is powered by a 2496 cc V6 engine that delivers 204 hp and a peak torque of 245 Nm at 2900-5500 rpm. 0 to 100 km/h sprint will be made in 8.4 seconds and you will be able to hit a top speed of 240 km/h. The top of the class, the CLC 350 is powered by a 3498 cc V6 engine that delivers 272 hp and a peak torque of 350 Nm at 2400-5000 rpm. You will be able to make the 0 to 100 km/h sprint in just 6.3 seconds and hit a top speed of 250 km/h (electronically limited).
The CLC features as standard 18-inch 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels and 225/40 R 18 (front) and 245/35 R 18 (rear) tyres. Optional extras available for this model variant include multi-spoke light-alloy wheels (18 inch) and AMG light-alloy wheels (18 inch).
UPDATE 06/17/2010: The Mercedes CLC went on sale back in May 2008 at the Mercedes plant in Juiz de Fora, Brazil. Unfortunately, sales for the sportscar were worst than expected so after only two years of production Mercedes has decided that the sun will set on the Mercedes CLC’s day. Don’t despair, though, it seems that automakers change their minds as often as they change their pants so any fans of the CLC may still have a chance! Full story
Leading model Eva Padberg and the new Mercedes sports coupé CLC share top billing in the key visual for the second Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin, which takes place from January 27 - 31, 2008. The new CLC will be unveiled to the public for the first time at the fashion event.
Inside information from Mercedes-Benz points that the Stuttgart manufacturer is preparing a convertible version of their sports flagship, the CL-Class. It seems that Mercedes has already registered the “CLC-Class” as a trademark. The new car is expected for 2010.