- The latest concept from Mercedes-Benz previews the A-Class-based CLA "quad coupe."
- The Concept Style Coupe makes its formal debut next week at the Beijing auto show.
- The production version will share basic architecture and running gear with the new-generation A-Class.
STUTTGART, Germany — Look closely at the Concept Style Coupe from Mercedes-Benz — it will be formally unveiled at next week's 2012 Beijing Auto Show — and you'll get a pretty idea of the shape of the new A-Class-based Mercedes-Benz CLA "quad coupe" that is slated to go into production next year in Hungary and should reach the U.S. market as a 2014 model.
The sporty four-door concept resembles the CLS in miniature, but with design cues lifted from the new-generation A-Class introduced last month at the Geneva auto show.
The Concept Style Coupe measures 182.6 inches long — about 2 inches longer than the 2012 C-Class — 74.5 inches wide and 55.0 inches tall.
The Beijing showcar is equipped with the company's new turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder direct-injection gasoline engine, rated at 208 horsepower and driving all four wheels through a 7G-DCT dual-clutch automatic transmission. The same engine will be featured in the new A250 Sport, with an even more potent powertrain rumored for the AMG edition of the new CLA.
Mercedes refers to the Concept Style Coupe as "almost production-standard." The concept features a diamond-look grille, aggressive-looking headlamps, a large panoramic glass roof and a striking Alubeam finish. Dual exhaust and 20-inch turbine-style wheels further dress up the exterior package.
The four-place cabin is trimmed in carbon fiber, black anodized aluminum, Alcantara, nubuck leather and suede, in a blend of light gray and anthracite, accented with neon-green piping and topstitching.
Mercedes says its COMAND communication/infotainment system and accompanying cloud-based apps will be continuously updated through a wireless smartphone link that also enables onboard Web access.
Before its Beijing debut, the Concept Style Coupe will make a brief appearance this Thursday in Los Angeles at Transmission LA: The Audio Visual Club, the automaker's second Avant/Garde Diaries festival curated by Mike D from the Beastie Boys.
Edmunds.com says: Cutting edge — two words you never used to associate with Mercedes-Benz.