2012 New York Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- The all-new compact sedan will make its world debut at the 2012 New York Auto Show.
- Like the CLS, the smaller CLC will be a four-door "coupe."
- The CLC will be the first of several smaller Mercedes-Benz models scheduled for U.S. sales in the next few years.
FRANKFURT, Germany — The 2013 Mercedes-Benz CLC sedan will make its world debut at the 2012 New York Auto according to company officials. The all-new sedan will mimic the "coupe" styling used by the larger CLS sedan.
The introduction of the CLC will mark the beginning of a push by Mercedes-Benz to enter the higher-volume, entry-level luxury market below the current C-Class. Executives were quick to emphasize that the CLC will not be a stripped-down, price leader model. "This will be a real Mercedes-Benz," one executive stressed.
Although not confirmed, a compact SUV is expected to follow shortly after the CLC and may be called the GLC. Both vehicles are expected to ride on Mercedes' new Modular Front Architecture (MFA), an all-new front-wheel drive platform introduced on the latest B-Class hatchback.
Spy video of the new CLC sedan shows a profile very similar to the current CLS with a sloping roof line that looks more like a coupe than a traditional sedan.
Edmunds.com says: Mercedes is easing its way into a lower price class with the stylish CLC instead of diving in head first with the B-Class. Smart move.