Mike Stevens | Mar 30, 2012

Countless spy photos ensured that we all knew it was coming, and now Mercedes-Benz has confirmed it: the new B-Class hatch will spawn at least one other bodystyle, in the form of a new small four-door coupe.

Speaking at the carmaker's Hungarian production plant, Mercedes boss announced the new model, inspired by the larger CLS four-door coupe already on the market.

The name of the new model has still to be revealed, although reports suggest it will carry either the new 'CLA' name, or continue the existing CLC badge.

As with the B-Class and unlike the larger CLS, the new model will feature a front-wheel-drive configuration in its standard form, although Merc's 4Matic all-wheel-drive system may appear in the top-shelf performance variants.

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.

An AMG variant is rumoured to be in the works as well, and is expected to feature a 240kW 2.0 litre twin-turbo four cylinder petrol engine.

Mercedes-Benz has also revealed that it will unveil its Concept Style Coupe showcar at the Transmission LA: AV Club art and music festival in California next month, with the concept likely to preview the styling of the so-called CLA.


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