Tony O'Kane | Oct 16, 2012

Mercedes is known to be preparing a little brother to the E-Class sized CLS 'four door coupe', and rumour has it that it'll wear the CLA badge on its bootlid when it arrives sometime in 2013.

Inspired by the Style Coupe concept and positioned above the B-Class hatch, the CLA is intended to give Mercedes buyers a cheaper sedan option than the C-Class.

This CLA prototype clearly displays an arched, CLS-inspired roofline, and a long front overhang.

Unlike the earlier CLC - which was based on the RWD W203 C-Class platform - this new CLA will be built atop the same modular FWD architecture that underpins the new B-Class.

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Powertrains are said to include a 1.6 litre turbo petrol and a 1.8 litre turbodiesel, both of which will be offered in various power outputs.

These engines will be paired with either a seven-speed twin-clutch automatic, or a conventional six-speed manual.

Spied here is the top-shelf AMG variant, expected to feature the same 240+kW turbocharged four-cylinder engine - and all-wheel-drive system - driving the upcoming A 45 AMG.

A shooting brake wagon may also eventuate, however it will likely surface well after the CLA sedan's 2013 debut.

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