The ever-covert spy photographers at Brenda Priddy & Company have nabbed a fresh one. This time, it's a new Mercedes-Benz that looks to be a mix between an A-Class and the CLS-Class four-door coupe. It is being called the CLA-Class, and it has been caught completely sans-camo in preparation for a shoot in Iceland.

The CLA is the much-anticipated A-Class derivative that is coming Stateside, first announced in Beijing. Word is that the small Mercedes is a front-wheel drive, and likely powered by either a 170-horsepower 2.2-liter four or a 208-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged mill. This new FWD architecture is called MFA, and is also shared with the Mercedes-Benz B-Class.

The design of the CLA-Class is heavily rooted in the Concept Style Coupe showcar, first seen at an art show at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. The most notable feature is the car's silhouette, which appears to echo that of the larger CLS-Class. The front end of the CLA is similar to that of the A-Class, albeit as a somewhat bolder interpretation of that design. Perhaps the one puzzling element to the design is the grille – utilizing a unique pattern has been reserved for Benz concept cars thus far. Either Mercedes-Benz is using the CLA as the first implementation of the pinpoint grille design in a production car, or the vehicle you see before you is a "production ready concept." We will know for certain when the showroom-ready version arrives next year as a 2014 model.


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      k_m94
      • 2 Years Ago
      After the pretty stout and handsome A class (Euro only) hatchback, I still had great things in mind for the coupelike sedan version we'd get here. I mean sure a hatchback is so much better looking and more practical for this segment, but Mercedes sure does know how to whip up well proportioned coupelike sedans (à la CLS). But this?!? Looks like a Honda Civic in profile! Sorry MB, but this wont cut a good enough A class replacement for us. Still, the 300+hp CLA AMG should be worth reckoning, sort of like a Mer-Civic Type R with a big turbo.
      cornellboot
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hey Georgem, usually a fan of your posts but there's a whole bunch of details you either speculated about or just forgot to research properly. The pinpoint grill hasn't been reserved for Mercedes-Benz concept cars, it's the AMG sport grill (which you can get on the AMG package for the A-hatchback without actually getting an A45 (or A43 or whatever they end up calling it). It's been covered at autoblog actually. On top of that, Brenda Priddy got these images from an amateur photographer on vacation in iceland who happened to be in the right place at the right time. The real story was posted at autoevolution and carscoop a few days ago...http://carscoop.blogspot.com/2012/09/new-mercedes-benz-cla-compact-four-door.html
        I. Nwosu
        • 2 Years Ago
        @cornellboot
        Thank you for pointing that out, as I was about to do the same thing. This casts a new light on how she really "gets" her photos.
      Alexander Ub
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wrong... the pinpoint grille is being used in the A-Class AMG package
      Jonathan
      • 2 Years Ago
      ... I mean, it's "okay". It's just too much going on here. I wish car companies would stick to what they do best. BMW> sport sedans Mercedes> luxury cars. Porsche> 2 door sports cars Audi> ... they're okay doing... whatever it is they do now. You don't have to be ground breaking in design, you've already established your place. Kia, Hyundai, they have to. Even Lexus has their own "niche" whether they like it or not. Like, I don't get all the "design" it just looks messy like they couldn't make up their minds. Not to mention that grill is a joke. Is it too late to bring back Bruno Sacco? His designs make Mercedes what they are today, and they didn't have any "bold" design, just nice handsome cars. This is the very reason why I'd buy a 2002 E430 over a 2012 E550 or a 1985 325i over a 2012 335i (although, it dosnt look that bad.)
      canuckcharlie
      • 2 Years Ago
      soon mercedes will have all the segments filled down to subcompacts...lot of people are willing to pay a few extra grand for the badge and image
      Tushar
      • 2 Years Ago
      It has to be a AMG cause look at the wheels and the mirror. They are black like the current AMG stuff coming out. So this is a CLA but AMG has done stuff to it. So it might have more power than the 2.0 T engine.
      mikeybyte1
      • 2 Years Ago
      I expect the door to open and Flipper to step out.
      Henry
      • 2 Years Ago
      Problems. This thing does not look like a Mercedes Benz. It looks out of proportion and nothing like the concept previously shown. Quite sad.
      Lachmund
      • 2 Years Ago
      have to see it in the metal to be able to judge. the matte paint and the amg kit doesn't do it a favor imho
      Alex Ellsworth
      • 2 Years Ago
      As some have echoed, this is NOT "the first implementation of the pinpoint grille in a production design" - it is currently standard equipment on the A250 Sport. Check the online configurator for Mercedes Spain, for instance. You can see it on the streets of Europe.
      increaseby1
      • 2 Years Ago
      This has to be the ugliest car I have ever seen .. by far. And yes, I know the Aztek and the Rodius, too.
      brgtlm
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like some ugly MB knockoff that a Chinese company might make.
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