With four-door coupes seemingly being the trend nowadays among the stylishly posh set, Mercedes-Benz is jumping the gun on its competitors by unveiling the CLA-Class, a compact four-door coupe that adopts the design of the Concept Style Coupe, which debuted at the 2012 Auto China in Beijing in April 2012. The CLA-Class is the German carmaker's crowd-drawer at the ongoing 2013 Detroit Auto Show.
"The response to the Concept Style Coupe was overwhelming," said Daimler AG board chairman and Mercedes-Benz chief Dieter Zetsche. "The most frequent comment by far was, 'Please put this car into series production.' That's precisely what we are doing now."
The CLA-Class's sporty demeanor is immediately evident in the front fascia with the power-domed hood and the diamond-look grille, while the light modules and LEDs in the headlights are arranged to create the characteristic "flare effect" for the daytime running lights and indicators.
The rear end's width further enhances the car's power and athleticism, thanks to the horizontal orientation of the taillights. The gently sloping roof contour and the rear window's pronounced curvature also provide the CLA with a coupe-style character from the rear.
The CLA-Class's sporty appearance continues inside, with all the trim surfaces galvanized in silver shadow, resulting in a metallic finish. The instrument panel incorporates five round vents, with the outer rings having a high-quality electroplated finish. The free-standing display screen, meanwhile, features a piano-black, lacquer-look front panel and a flush-fitting silver frame. The car is also fitted with integral front and rear seats to underscore its sporty character, with the rear bench seat emphasizing the outer seats.
The CLA-Class is available with four engines. The 1.6-liter petrol mill puts out 122hp and 200Nm of torque, while its 2.0-liter counterpart produces 211hp and 350Nm. The 2.0-liter diesel powerplant, on the other hand, has an output of 136hp and 300Nm, with the more powerful 2.2-liter variant delivering 170hp and 350Nm.
All the engines will reportedly feature the Eco start/stop function as standard, with the transmission choices being limited to either a six-speed manual transmission or the 7G-DCT dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The delivery of the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class to its owners will begin in June 2013.