As if we needed any more proof that Mercedes-Benz is developing a compact sedan called the CLC, our colleagues at Motor Trend nabbed these photos of the CLC-Class testing in Europe. Though tough to distinguish beneath the swaths of black sticky tape, the CLC will wear styling inspired by the slinky CLS-Class. That means a steeply raked rear window, but it’s tough to pick that out beneath all the tape and plastic cladding.
We expect that the CLC will be built on the same chassis as the forthcoming B-Class. The coupe-like sedan will be front-wheel-drive as standard, with all-wheel drive optional. Engine choices for those living in Europe will include 1.6- and 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engines rated from 121 hp to 207 hp, as well as 1.8- and 2.1-liter turbodiesel engines offering 108 hp to 201 hp.
Rumors also suggest that AMG will build a hotter version, with up to 340 hp available from a twin-turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four. A choice of six-speed manual or dual-clutch transmissions could route power to all four wheels. Sounds like a blast, and a worthy competitor to Euro-market hot compacts like the Volkswagen Golf R.
When will all this compact-Benz goodness arrive? Look for the CLC-Class to bow in Europe in 2013. Be sure to check out the full slew of spy photos at Motor Trend.
Source: Motor Trend