Mercedes-Benz recently launched new generations of its A Class and B Class models overseas, and in the near future we’re going to see this small car family expand with even more offerings. One of these is going to be a four-door coupe similar to the current CLS Class, albeit on a considerably smaller scale and with standard front-wheel or optional all-wheel drive configurations. This new model was previously thought to be called the BLS, then the CLC. and now the CLA Class.
It’s on track to go on sale in the U.S. early next year as a 2014 model, and we already have a good idea as to what to expect thanks to the unveiling of the Concept Style Coupe at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show. These latest spy shots also reveal much more detail than we’ve ever seen before, confirming that Mercedes’ design team will be staying true to the lines of the sexy Concept Style Coupe.
Under the new sheet metal is a version of Mercedes' latest front-wheel drive platform, code-named MFA (Mercedes Frontwheel Architecture). This new platform is flexible enough to spawn a variety of models including hatchbacks, coupes and even a crossover, and it will offer the option of all-wheel drive. This latter configuration will feature in a high-performance AMG version of the new CLA Class, which is likely to be called the CLS45 AMG and share a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 330 horsepower with the A45 AMG hot hatch being launched overseas.
Hybrid and electric drivetrains, as well as a possible hydrogen-powered fuel cell unit, will also be fitted to this platform in the near future.
As for the standard engine offerings, expect a selection of turbocharged units, both gasoline and diesel, as well as the choice of a conventional manual transmission or a dual-clutch automatic. Power outputs should range from 109 to 211 horsepower.