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Big Merc gender-bending is coming to the small Benzes when the platform underneath the A- and B-Class vehicles is released for consumption. Amongst the van-like MPVs will come a "four door coupe" that Autozeitung predicts will be called the CLA. Picture a shrunken CLS and you get the idea, and that's what Autozeitung's digital artist went with when fashioning a rendering. The "sandwich structure" of the current A/B-Class Benzes allows crash safety with a short nose, as well as passenger cabin benefits, but is costly to build, so something else is being brewed up for the new smallest Mercedes. The front-drive, tall and stubby cars haven't been fawned over, so a platform swap to an FR layout may be in store, though that would seriously chew up space efficiency. A muscled-up Euro scuttled plans to bring the original B-class to the United States, though this new version might just make it onto the boat to do battle in the burgeoning small/flexible/fuel efficient end of the market.
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      • 7 Years Ago
      I say fine. Let Mercedes throw another model into their mix and continue the ridiculous snooty and arrogant behavior they and BMW are known for.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks a bit like Toyota Corolla from the front. The rest looks like Ford Verve.
      • 7 Years Ago
      why?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Obviously mercedes, and more specificly Daimler AG know something you are missing... With all those models overlapping and looking the same and all, they still manage a nice net income of 8.7 billion euros in 2007, with revenue close to 100 billion. Now, you actually missed the M-B branded buses, heavy and light trucks, military and specialty vehicles when listing all the models, but anyway.

      And as for the fact that they look the same, that is not something new. The 190, that is the first C-class looked like a smaller E of the time, which in turn looked like a small S-class. I personally don't see any similarity between A and B on one hand, and C on the other, but hey, some people call it design language and style, others call it blandness, what matters is that it's working for them. A huge part in the boom of models offered is due to the SUVs they introduced to satisfy US demand some years ago. M class and its derivatives, although sold in europe, are mainly for the US market, where these vehicles are much more popular. And finally, this rendering is very, very unimpressive, and I think it shouldn't be taken seriously. It's just a drawing, not backed up by any sketches or official information, so don't make too much of it.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The sale of Chrysler and the likewise bleeding of its internal revenues back to Stuttgart have a lot to do with that revenue and profit. Wait 'til the 2008 financials come out in '09. I foresee a precipitous drop from 8.7 billion to somewhere around 3 billion.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I'm not saying having that many model is going to crush their profits, but I can't imagine it helps.

        Maybe in Europe, where you can get a M-B with cloth seats and steel wheels they need such a breadth of models to cover the market. But in the US, they only cover the luxury market, and they just plain have far too many models for the size of this slice of the market.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The sale of Chrysler and likewise the bleeding of its internal revenues back to Stuttgart have a lot to do with that. Wait for the 2008 financials to come out in '09. Daimler won't have its American whipping boy to bloat numbers anymore. I foresee a precipitous drop from those 8.7 billion euros to somewhere closer to 3 billion.
      • 7 Years Ago
      so are they slotting this care between the C Class and the E class... if so... it is a good idea...
      The C Class might be to small for some but the E Class might be too expensive for other... but but the current price overlap... i dont know anymore... cars are getting to be like Pokemon... u gotta catch em all...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Here's hoping for RWD or at least AWD with at least 60% at the rear wheels. FWD Mercedes products have been awful in every way you can think of.
      • 7 Years Ago
      What ever happened to aspiring to own a better car? We all started out with a low priced three and move up to the mid class. Finally achieving our dream car. Now you can own a Merc out of college. Don't dilute a good name so everyone can own one. Mercedes was correct in keeping the Smart as a seperate brand.
      • 7 Years Ago
      A,B,C,CL,CLK,CLE,CLA,CLC,CLS,E,G,GL,GLK,R,S,SL,SLK,SLR, more to come. wow
      • 7 Years Ago
      now days all the MBs are like bras, they all look the same and come in difference sizes.....A, B, C, and so on.........
        • 7 Years Ago
        mhmm and the higher the letter, the better ;)
        • 7 Years Ago
        mhmm and the higher the number, the better ;)
      • 7 Years Ago
      IT ISN'T A COUPE!!! Coupes don't EVER have 4 doors, otherwise they are not coupes! Can you wrap your head around that, MB???????

      And what is the fascination with arched belt lines and tapering rear lines? It makes the car look bloated and puckered at the rear end. Read: UGLY.
        • 7 Years Ago
        You left out the rest of the french definition.

        It referred to a horse-drawn carriage, that was cut down for only two doors, and short length. Coupe meant that the carriage was smaller than normal, with TWO DOORS, and a fixed roof. (not a cabriolet)

        That definition applied to horseless carriages (cars) all the way to the present day.

        TWO DOORS, and a fixed roof. A two-door sedan is a two door with a "boxier" profile, and more of a full size car. A two door can be a sedan, but a 4 door can not be a coupe.

        The Mazda RX8 and Saturn Ion Quad Coupe... I call them pseudo-coupes, and one could make a case that the rear doors are significantly cut down from those of a 4 door sedan.

        But cars like CLS, this rumored vehicle, and BMW's HUGE X6, and others ARE NOT CUT DOWN, OR TWO DOORS. In some cases, they are significantly large vehicles, hardly shaved to the minimum space.

        A swept rear roofline does not a 4-door coupe make.

        And English doesn't have language police, but also is the single most complex language on earth, when it comes to grammar rules, exceptions to those rules, and alternate language-sourced words...

        Perhaps there is enough complexity to the English language without further mangling and confusing the definitions of things. People already have enough trouble with the language as it is, without it being manipulated for marketing.

        Call something what it is, and this is a sedan that might happen to be sleeker than a C-class. It is NOT a coupe, nor is the CLS, even if it is sleeker than an E-class. The X6 is not a Sport Activity Coupe. it is a freakishly big, tall, and odd sedan with a rakish roof profile.
        • 7 Years Ago
        English doesn't have language police.

        Before the 60s, cars called coupes yet having 4 doors were not uncommon. The language changes over time.
        • 7 Years Ago
        No. Coupe specifically refers to the proportions. It means "cut"; the back is cut down compared to a sedan.

        BMW used to be famous for their two-door sedans (2002, E21, E30). Saturn and Mazda both had four-door coupes before the CLS came out.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Why does a chicken coop have 2 doors?
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