Mercedes-Benz has revealed full details and images of its new CLC Concept Style Coupe, a compact four-door which previews the upcoming CLA / CLC-Class model.
The sleek looking sedan concept is a precursor of the production model that will follow next year and which Mercedes will build at its new manufacturing facility in Hungary. Set to make its public debut at Auto China in Beijing next week, the “executive” compact four-door vehicle, is decribed by Mercedes as: nonconformist, provocative and masculine.
In essence, the CSC is a CLS-style four-door coupe based on the latest A-Class with which it shares an elongated version of the MFA modular platform, its running gear, interior and driveline. Some of its potential rivals in the premium market include next year’s Audi A3 sedan and possibly, a similar model from BMW based on the 1-Series.
The Mercedes-Benz Concept Style Coupe rides on the same 2 699 mm wheelbase as the A-Class hatch, but measures 4 637 mm long, 1 891 mm wide and 1 398 mm tall. Styling features include a diamond-theme radiator grille and rear diffuser, frameless side windows, large panoramic roof and no B-pillar. Inside, there’s a sporty theme with light grey nubuck leather and anthracite Alcantara contrasted with neon green piping and topstitching throughout the cabin. The sporty traits continue with materials such as carbon fibre, black anodised aluminium, chrome and suede.
The concept is fitted with a 2.0-litre direct-injection and turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that delivers 155 kW, which is linked to Mercedes’ 4MATIC all-wheel drive system and 7G-DCT dual clutch automatic transmission. The production variant of the CSC is likely to be offered with a similar engine lineup to the A-Class in both front- and all-whee drive versions. Aside from the 155 kW 2.0-litre turbo found on the prototype, the range in Europe will also include a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol with 90 kW and 115 kW and two diesels, a 1.8-litre unit with 100 kW and a 2.2-litre engine with 125 kW.