Mercedes-Benz CLA has been officially confirmed by the German representatives, designating a sedan built on the A-Class platform. The model will debut in January 2013 at the Detroit Auto Show.
Mercedes-Benz CLA, CLS’s younger brother, was officially confirmed by representatives of the German car manufacturer. The new Mercedes-Benz model will debut at the 2013 Detroit Motor Show in January, the car displayed representing the production version of CLA.
Mercedes-Benz CLA – Design
In the future, Mercedes-Benz will also offer a Shooting Break version for the CLA model, according to the company representatives.
The Germans intend to provide for this model a road holding comparable to that of the BMW 3 Series. In addition to front-wheel drive versions, Mercedes-Benz CLA will have versions equipped with 4Matic all-wheel drive system.
There is a possibility for CLA to receive a AMG version, but this hypothesis hasn’t been confirmed by the representatives of the company from Stuttgart.
Mercedes-Benz CLA was anticipated by the Mercedes Style Coupe Concept presented at Beijing Auto Show this year. The model will be built at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Hungary, and will represent an important part of that factory’s production quota.
The new CLA is built on the new modular platform from Mercedes-Benz, called MFA, which debuted on the new A-Class and B-Class models. Since the presentation of the Style Coupe concept, the purpose foreshadowed was clear – a smaller version of CLS, in order to attract new customers.
The Style Coupe Concept have a length of 4.64 meters (182.7 in), similar to that of C-Class, but has a smaller height, to enhance the feeling of a coupe with four doors. Another significant difference compared with C-Class is the option for a front-wheel drive configuration, which would mark a premiere in the Mercedes-Benz sedan range.
There is a possibility that the new CLA to be offered with a rear seat only with two individual seats, but neither this hypothesis has been confirmed yet.