Mercedes-Benz Plans Entry Level Coupe for 2014
Mercedes-Benz will be producing a smaller version of the CLS based on the F800 style for 2012
by Jim Davis | 15 March 2011
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The 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS made its world premiere in August of last year and now, thanks to company insiders, we have confirmed that Mercedes will be producing a smaller version of the CLS. The new baby CLS, not yet named, is expected to premiere in 2014 around the same time as the next-generation Mercedes A-Class and B-Class.
The all new vehicle, based on the new front-wheel-drive MFA platform, will take its design cues from the 2012 CLS-Class and the F800 Style Concept. We are expecting to see Mercedes’ very distinctive upright grille and bold lines down the side.
Being the smallest coupe in Mercedes’ future line-up, the model will likely be marketed to a younger audience at a price point set below the U.S. entry level C-Class. A great way to hook younger buyers on the Mercedes-Benz brand and compete with BMW and Audi’s entry level vehicles.
The engine line-up had yet to be released but buyers of the mini coupe should expect to choose from wither a 1.4 or 1.8-litre turbocharged petrol engine supplied by Renault, thanks to their recent alliance. The French automaker will also supply a 1.6-litre diesel. Topping the range will be Mercedes’ own 2.0 petrol and 2.2-litre diesel, producing around 200bhp and 170bhp.
Power will be delivered to the front wheels through 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 feature.