Merc’s small CLC saloon due 2013

Mercedes will go into the premium small saloon market at the end of 2013 having a swoopy new Mercedes CLS-inspired vehicle in line with the approaching front-drive B-class.

Known as the Mercedes CLC, and pictured here testing the very first time in america, the brand new four-door may also spawn an AMG model being an indirect successor towards the classic 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II.

See pics from the Mercedes CLC test mule

The CLC, codenamed C117, uses the lengthy-wheelbase form of Mercedes’ new compact MFA platform which will also underpin the approaching GLC off-roader (codenamed X156), along with the new B-class (W426). A brief-wheelbase iteration from the platform is going to be employed for the rakish new A-class (W176).

Standard versions from the CLC is going to be offered in-front-wheel drive, with selected models – such as the AMG – coming outfitted with four-wheel drive.

Turbocharged gas engines incorporate a 1.6 in 121bhp and 154bhp guises. In addition, there’s a 207bhp 2., with -62mph performance of seven.0sec along with a 145mph top speed. Diesels incorporate a 1.8, in 108bhp and 134bhp forms, along with a 2.1 with a range of 168bhp or 201bhp.

The Volkswagen Golf R-rivalling CLC AMG is going to be operated by a twin-turbocharged 2.-litre engine producing 296bhp. It will likewise possess a dual-clutch gear box, while other models obtain a six-speed manual gear box as standard.

Greg Kable

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