Well lookie what we have here. We've been waiting for Mercedes-Benz to pull the silk off its long-awaited compact sedan, and a brace of new concept car images have started leaking onto the Internet this morning as further proof that a production model is almost here. Dubbed Concept Style Coupe, or CSC, the showcar seen here is expected to debut at the Beijing Motor Show next week. Earlier reports had this hot bit of hardware dubbed CLA, though that nomenclature could still be reserved for a production model.

Looking more than a bit like a CLS that's been run through a dryer after mating with the Geneva 2010 F800 Style Concept and last year's Concept A, the rakish four door is expected to spawn a production model that will be available in North America.

According to reports, the CSC will roll onto the stage in China powered by a 208-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder that also sees duty in the new A-Class hatchback. Like the A-Class five-door that debuted in Geneva, the CSC is expected to ride atop Mercedes' new MFA platform, scaled to take on models like the Audi A3 (which is also pegged to get a sedan variant) and Volvo's new V40.

We're also expecting Mercedes to unveil a related concept in North America very shortly at the Transmission LA: AV Club music and media festival that begins in LA on April 20, so keep your eyes peeled for that vehicle as well.


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      • 2 Years Ago
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      torqued
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why does every new concept have to look so... melted? Maybe this style will grow on me some day, but I think that concept looks absolutely awful. It looks like gravity's winning the battle with the sheet metal. It droops like like an old man's face.
      Whatamooseiam
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm a fan of Hyundai (I own a '07 Sonata). But this MB concept did NOT copy Hyundai. You can clearly see the influence coming from the current CLS. A lot of car companies are coming out with fluidic lines lately (for better or for worse). Hyundai may be most well-known for it because it's all over their design language now, but they certainly didn't start it.
        leo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Whatamooseiam
        thank you i was going to say the same but the sonata is just a VW CC wanabee which in turn is a MB CLS wanabee, and I think both missed the mark (the CC went too frumpy, while Hyundai went too melty)
        New Found Glory
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Whatamooseiam
        who ever said MB copy Hyundai can and should go kill themselves ... the sonata looks like a cross btw MB CLS design and a LEXUS why u think they selling so well... yes GS came last but that was a design from 07 with lexus concept and i have a feeling this might be the next sonata
      sensibility2
      • 2 Years Ago
      I really don't care who they copied or didn't copy. I like it. Oh, by the way, the Sonata copied the original CLS.
      Dump
      • 2 Years Ago
      cant wait to see the official AMG version
      Don G
      • 2 Years Ago
      Please... dont change a damn thing on the production version... dont neuter it... do what caddy did with the cts coupe concept.. send it to the dealer just like this..
      dondonel
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like it, it came out better than what I was expecting. Also, to me this looks production ready, it is very similar in styling with the new A class, both inside and outside.
      Lachmund
      • 2 Years Ago
      unfortunately the series will look much more civilized
      albyautoblog
      • 2 Years Ago
      awsome ;)
      deeeznuuuts83
      • 2 Years Ago
      The current CLS should've looked more like this. Like someone else said, this is probably the best variant of MB's current design philosophy.
      Matthew Artelt
      • 2 Years Ago
      The trunk lid embellishment and lip spoiler thing in the rear 3/4 shot look really odd, almost like a double spoiler in that picture. Other than that it is a nice looking car. Personally I've never liked the droopy/swoopy rear on the CLS though so don't know. How does this compare to the size of a C-Class?
      Christopher O'Reilly
      • 2 Years Ago
      It looks front heavy in profile. The grill is either too big or too low, probably both, the effect of which makes the lights look too small and ill placed.. Gross from snout to tail. Nice rims though.
        Hek!
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Christopher O'Reilly
        The profile made me think: (Indeed a lot about this car makes me think...) http://www.animalspedia.com/images/wmwallpapers/Ready-to-Pounce---Snow-Leopard-1.jpeg Not bad at all...
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