Mercedes-Benz reveals compact CLS

Mercedes-Benz reveals compact CLS

19/04/2012 in News, All News, Car Manufacturer News

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Mercedes-Benz reveals compact CLS

Mercedes-Benz has revealed the first pictures of its baby CLS concept ahead of the Beijing Motor Show.

The four-door Concept Style Coupé is close to being production ready Mercedes boss Dr Dieter Zetsche believes the new model will be strong enough to be a benchmark for other manufacturers to measure themselves against in the compact coupe segment.

The concept comes with a new four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with 211bhp and the 4MATIC all-wheel drive system.

The four-seat car is expected to cost from around £20,000 when it goes on sale and effectively is a replacement for the CLC coupé which was discontinued in the UK in 2010, but with four doors and four individual seats it's expected to have broader appeal.

View a full gallery of Concept Style Coupe images in AM's gallery.


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Mercedes-Benz is well-ahead of its previously stated growth targets which were aiming for 80,000 units by the middle of the decade.

By the end of 2013, growth of nearly 20% meant that it leapt passed 80,000 cars to a landmark sales total of more than 100,000 units, well on the way to its target of matching rivals Audi and BMW for market share.

Its revamped model range has helped close the gap, particularly the new A-Class, but the CLS is also winning new fans.

Growth in 2014 will be helped by a proposed compact SUV, the GLA, while at the elite end of the range, volumes should rise following the decline of Maybach.

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