Mike Stevens | Apr 20, 2012

UPDATE: Official details revealed.

Mercedes-Benz has revealed the Concept Style Coupe (CSC) today, previewing the brand's new and hotly-anticipated small four-door coupe.

Already confirmed for production, the small sedan will undoubtedly go through the same transformation that saw the new A-Class evolve out of last year's Concept A-Class showcar.

The CSC draws on the styling themes of not only the larger CLS four-door coupe, but also the F800 Style concept that debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in 2010.

Many of the F800's styling cues have informed the look of Merc's newest models, including the broad upright grille, swept-back headlights and heavily-accented character lines.

The concept measures in at 4637mm long, 1891mm wide and 1398mm tall, making it almost 50mm longer and just over 120mm wider than the current C-Class, with a 50mm lower roofline.

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With the current C-Class scheduled for retirement in the near future however, it is likely that the new model will reassert its position as Merc's midsized sedan, while the production Style Coupe is likely to be a touch smaller than its concept progenitor.

The CSC is driven by Merc's direct-injected and turbocharged 2.0 litre engine, producing 155kW. It is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

The same engine is featured in the 2013 A-Class, but unlike the hatch, the CSC adds Mercedes' all-wheel-drive 4Matic system.

It has also been reported that the production CSC will get a flagship model powered by the even more powerful turbocharged 2.0 litre mill that is expected to power the AMG version of the A-Class hatch.

The new Style Coupe is built on a stretched version of the MFA platform beneath the A- and B-Class models, and that's a relationship that will continue when the sedan enters production.

When it hits showrooms, the CSC will sit alongside the A-Class in the premium small-car segment, where it will battle BMW's 1 Series, the Audi A3 and the upcoming A3 Sedan.

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.

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