Mercedes unveils Concept Style CoupÃ© [Live Images]
The concept previews the brand's upcoming sub-CLS four-door coupe.
A new concept car shows that Mercedes-Benz is looking to capitalize on its successful CLS four-door "coupe" by sprinkling some of that swoopy sedan's styling magic on its smaller A-Class platform. Technically, the Concept Style CoupÃ© is not set to debut until the Beijing Motor Show next week, but Mercedes-Benz assembled a small group of media in California for a sneak peak in a dimly-lit room.
The Mercedes Concept Style CoupÃ© is 182 inches long, 74 inches wide, and 55 inches high. These dimensions make the concept longer and lower than a current-generation C-Class sedan but still well short of a CLS.
The Concept Style CoupÃ© mixes styling cues from both the CLS-Class and the recently-launched A-Class. It borrows its frame-less door windows from the former, and its diamond-look grille from the latter. The diamond treatment is also applied to an air diffuser mounted at the rear of the car.
Under the concept-specific details such as the flush door handles and the skinny exterior mirrors, the Concept Style CoupÃ© is remarkably close to the production car that it previews, which is rumored to be dubbed the CLA-Class.
The car's interior is again inspired by the A-Class. The dashboard is fitted with jet engine-like air vents that change color depending on what temperature the climate control is set to. The concept features a large panoramic roof which is expected to be available on high-end models once production starts.
Much like the bigger CLS, the Concept Style CoupÃ© was designed to accommodate four passengers rather than five.
The Concept Style CoupÃ© is powered by a new turbocharged and direct-injected 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that is rated at 208 horsepower.
In the concept, power is sent to all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. When the car hits production, entry-level models will have to settle for front-wheel drive since the car will share a platform with the upcoming A-Class.
The Concept Style CoupÃ© is packed with state-of-the-art features such as Mercedes' COMAND Online infotainment system. Occupants can also browse the internet via a dash-mounted screen if the vehicle is not moving.
The production version of the Concept Style CoupÃ© will make its public debut next fall at the Paris Motor Show. It will be built in a new factory located in KecskemÃ©t, Hungary, and it is scheduled to go on sale in early 2013.
Unlike the A-Class, the CLA-Class will almost certainly be offered in the United States.
Live photos by Mark Elias.