People have been talking about a baby CLS for quite sometime now, but the car has finally been caught testing. The CLC – codenamed C117 – will be based on a long-wheelbase version of the upcoming front-drive B-class platform. It will also get an AMG model that is considered an indirect successor to the classic 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II.
The upcoming CLC model will be equipped with a four-wheel drive system that will be paired up with a 1.6 liter turbocharged petrol engine offered in two versions: one with 121 HP and one with 154 HP. The top version will be powered by a 2.0 liter petrol engine with 207 HP and will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in about 7 seconds, while topspeed will be in the 145 mph area. The diesel line-up will include a 1.8 liter engine with 108 HP and 134 HP, plus a 2.1 version offered with 168 HP and 201 HP. The engines will be combined with a a six-speed manual gearbox as standard or a dual-clutch gearbox.
Expect the new Mercedes CLC to be launched in late 2013.