We have our eyes set on the upcoming Mercedes CLA which might herald a new era in India’s luxury car market. The CLA is essentially an upcoming sedan from Mercedes that will sit below the C Class and is expected to be launched in the price bracket of 20-25 lakhs.
While we have shown you a number of artist impressions of the upcoming CLA, Mercedes showcases the styling of the future CLA via the Concept Style Coupe which we can show you through leaked photographs.
As one can see, the Concept Style Coupe is a melting pot of design cues from the Concept A class, F800 Style concept and Mercedes CLS. One can see it in flesh at the Beijing Auto Show next week.
Key Highlights of the Mercedes Concept Style Coupe
- Large gaping grille
- Striking headlamps with LED graphics
- Heavily curved roofline
- Shallow glasshouse
- High waistline
- Frameless doors
- Curvaceous C-pillars
- Tapered rear
- Sloping trunk line.
- Trimmed in carbon fiber and black anodized aluminum
- Alcantara, nubuck leather and suede used to wrap the seats with neon-green piping and top-stitching.
- COMAND communication/infotainment system hosting cloud-based apps which will be continuously updated through a wireless smartphone link that also enables on-board web access.
It sits on an extended MFA platform which is 182.6 inches long, 74.5 inches wide and 55.0 inches tall. It will be powered by a new turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder direct-injection gasoline engine capable of outputting 211 hp. The power will be delivered through a 7G-DCT dual-clutch automatic transmission to all four wheels.
When it goes in production, the chief rivals would include a sedan version of Audi A3 also due in 2013 and a secret new sedan version of the BMW 1-series that is undergoing conceptual development with a view for introduction in 2015.