PREVIEW – New Mercedes-Benz Models:BLK/GLA & CLR

In the forthcoming years, Mercedes-Benz will start launching a comprehensive lineup of new models, with the aim of attracting new, young customers towards the Three-Pointed Star brand.

The Stuttgart-based constructor will commence its offensive with an entirely revised and enriched small/compact car range. The A- and B- classes will spawn into many new models, apart from the 3door/5door and MPV architectures. Expect to see a 4door coupe, a cabriolet and even an SUV to compete with BMW's current X1 model or with Audi's upcoming Q3. Investigation also shed a light on a possible model to be developed on the powertrain of the future generation C-Klasse (W 205), to arrive in showrooms in 2014. The new niche version will probably be badged CLR and it will basically be a very sporty MPV, featuring a progressive and organic exterior design language and sporting an attractive engine offer and a very upscale and modular interior. Returning to the A-/B- lineups, one of the most awaited models will be a compact SUV, likely to be called BLK or GLA. The mini-GLK will embrace the upcoming Mercedes design philosophy that was previewed on the F 800 Style Research Vehicle at Geneva. Targeted towards young and active customers, the BLK/GLA will be offered in FWD configuration for the lower entry versions and in 4MATIC architecture for the high-end models. The on-road behaviour will be oriented towards the proverbial Mercedes-Benz comfort without sacrificing the compulsory dynamic, sports capabilities, that shall be enhanced in AWD mode and with the addition of new, powerful, but highly efficient engines.

Source of the photos >> Autobild

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