No, this isn't a mule for the next-next-generation Mercedes-Benz CLS. What you're looking at here is another "four-door coupe" for the Silver Arrow lineup – codenamed C117 – that will probably come to life as the CLC-Class.

These photos are a bit deceiving, since the added black cladding does add some extra heft to the vehicle's shape, but believe us when we say that this thing is smaller than you think. In fact, it's said to be based on a slightly longer version of the new platform that will underpin the refreshed A- and B-Class hatchbacks.

Our spies indicate that the car will be offered in front- and all-wheel-drive configurations, and that an AMG version is likely be in the works, producing over 300 horsepower. For the standard car, we're told that both gasoline and diesel versions will be available, with output numbers ranging anywhere from about 110 to 150 horsepower. Both a seven-speed dual-clutch and six-speed manual transmission are expected to be offered.

Look for the CLC to bow sometime in 2012 with the car actually hitting showrooms in 2013.


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      Jim
      • 3 Years Ago
      Saw picture of it without camo. Sharp car. As people look at downsizing, think it is a great idea. Smaller size with style.
      Justin Campanale
      • 3 Years Ago
      Honey, I shrunk the CLS!
      Awjvail
      • 3 Years Ago
      Now *that* is how you camo a car.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      ToniCipriani
      • 3 Years Ago
      Isn't the CLC the old C Coupe, the hatchback one?
      carboy55
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh look, it's a Maxima.
      Master Austin
      • 3 Years Ago
      The whole CLS concept is for people who are truely driving a sedan, but in denial about it by calling it a coupe.. if it has 4 doors, its a sedan...coupe, 2 doors...So I guess sales of denial are enough to warrant smaller denial...CLC
        Jj008
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Master Austin
        I get so sick of people getting so worked up over calling these cars coupes. 1. The Society of Automotive Engineer's (SAE) standard J1100 defines a coupe as fixed roof vehicle with less than 33 cubic feet of rear interior volume. THERE IS NO MENTION OF THE NUMBER OF DOORS. By this standard you can have both 2 door Sedans and 4 door coupes. 2. It's nothing new. The mark II Rover P5 is just one example of a four door vehicle marketed as a coupe back in the 60's. 3. Manufacturers are not going to stop calling them 4 door coupes, so just move on...it's not a big deal. The defination of a coupe has varied greatly over time and from manufacturer to manufacturer, It's nothing sacred.
      Making11s
      • 3 Years Ago
      While the CLS is a very nice car and I'm sure a CLC would also be nice, I don't really see the need for a the same car in a variety of sizes. I know there will be differences beyond size, but the lack of styling distinction between the models is boring. Unfortunately, this same-car-in-a-different-size styling is a trend that seems to be on the rise.
        purplewonagain
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Making11s
        "I don't really see the need for a the same car in a variety of sizes." Ever seen an Audi?
        Jordan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Making11s
        that's like saying there shouldn't be a need for the same 4 door sedan in a variety of sizes.... i.e.: no need for the C class and E class and S class. it's a ridiculous statement IMO.
          RCheung28
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Jordan
          Making11s said "lack of styling distinction between the models"; and the C, E, and S all have different styling. I think what he meant was there was no need for a CLC if its styling is exactly same as the CLS.
          Making11s
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Jordan
          Yeah, I figured I'd get that response, but those cars each have their own styling and personalities. The sole purpose of a CLC would be to be a smaller CLS.
        Lachmund
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Making11s
        you don't see anything except for the swoopy roofline...what makes you think it will look the same?!
      X
      • 3 Years Ago
      Things are going to get very interesting. This could a best seller or a fail.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @X
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      H.E. Pennypacker
      • 3 Years Ago
      the rear seats look cramped
      jonnybimmer
      • 3 Years Ago
      Am I the only one that sees a little BMW in it's camouflage? And that's some serious camo there, moving away from the crazy-paint schemes. Is there room in the market for a CLC though? Wouldn't this steal sales from the regular C class? I mean, VW manages to sell both the CC and the Passat and MB themselves have the E class safe by keeping the CLS in a high price bracket, but there doesn't seem to be much room above or below the C IMO. Either way, being a new MB, it'll no doubt be a looker.
        jonnybimmer
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jonnybimmer
        Nvmd, my comprehension skills aren't quite awake yet. Looks like it's going to be well below the C if standard motors are putting out 150hp at best.
        Jason
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jonnybimmer
        I see it too. That was actually my first thought looking at the thumbnail photos.
        ME
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jonnybimmer
        looks like a nissan maxima to me..even had the rims of the maxima
      Michael Collins
      • 3 Years Ago
      Does anyone else see a hint of Chrysler 200 in that roofline? Zoiks.
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