SPY: The 2013 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class (C 117) shows more of its trailblazing design

Enthusiasm is quickly building up after Mercedes-Benz made it official that a new compact 4-door coupe under the CLA-Class title will be available starting with 2013. Moreso, first shots depicting a FEP prototype of the future car have recently hit the internet. The test vehicle is already carrying the finished design elements, still carefully hidden under the camouflage. However, one can still judge the series CLA will be very close in terms of styling to the astonishing Concept Style Coupé revealed last month at Beijing.

The fact we can see the rear lights, the headlamps, the radiator grille and the basic shape of the body in their final form signals the entrance into the final experimental phase of the development programme for the new CLA.

The agile executive coupe goes on sale in spring next year and will launch in the USA as well as the first exponent of the new wave of compact class cars from Mercedes-Benz, shortly followed by the A-Class hatchback. Sitting on the same MFA platform as the other versions of the new family, the CLA will definitely be the standard in terms of dynamism and perceived comfort. Thanks to multiple assistance systems, life aboard the C 117 will always be a safe experience.

The impressive exterior will definitely be a special business card that invites you to step inside and enjoy the all-so-present wellness atmosphere. Premium quality are the perfect words to describe the interior in every sense, as the leading CLS has inspired the designers during the creation process for the CLA. Every button is where you'd want to find it and thus complete functionality is ensured. Telematics and entertainment means include, among other options, the internet-based Siri-compatible COMAND Online infotainment technology and a complete multimedia system fitted with high-end audio equipment, a DVD changer and liquid-crystal displays for the rear seats.

A comprehensive range of newly-developed powerplants takes care to put the CLA into motion. From the 109 hp CLA 180 CDI up to the 211 hp CLA 250 - there's a choice to suit any taste. Available from fall 2013 on the top engine variants, the 4MATIC system will add more traction and stability to the car, in combination with the refined 7G-DCT automatic transmission. A sports-oriented, all-wheel-drive CLA 25 AMG version cranking out a massive 350 hp is reportedly under development, with the official arrival planned for summer next year.

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