C117 To Introduce CLS Philosophy Downmarket

Emmanuel P August 6, 2011

Looking, for now, like a Dodge Charger, this new Mercedes is actually the prototype for another 4-door coupe, which Mercedes popularized with its CLS model. Internally known as the C117, this car will become known as the CLC.

Because it will be based on the platform that will be used for the upcoming B-Class hatchback, expect the CLC to be a lot smaller than the sexy-looking CLS, which, despite being called a coupe, is decidedly a largish sedan. This mini CLS will reportedly be available in 100-150 horsepower diesel and gasoline versions, although the availability of the particular engines will probably depend on the market. It won’t be wishful thinking to expect an AMG version, and the engine for this hot model will be tuned to produce at least 300 horsepower. Front- or all-wheel drivetrains will be mated to Mercedes’ 7-speed automatics or a 6-speed manual.

To be officially introduced in 2012, this hot new four-door coupe will appeal to a demographic looking for a fresh and energetic design.

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