TMR Team | Dec 25, 2012

Mercedes-Benz' new CLA has been given an unscheduled unveiling, with a handful of leaked images surfacing online this week.

Obtained by French website Forumpro, these new images reveal the final puzzle piece to Merc's sub-CLS four-door coupe, first teased by the Style Coupe concept earlier this year.

For its part, Mercedes has been far from secretive during the CLA's development, releasing powertrain details and footage of a lightly camouflaged prototype in cold-weather testing.

The carmaker confirmed in November that the small sedan will debut in Detroit next month, with the powerhouse CLA 45 AMG scheduled for Frankfurt later in the year.

Power for the AMG model will be drawn from the same 2.0 litre turbocharged petrol engine powering the A 45 AMG hatch, producing upwards of 245kW and 400Nm.

The CLA 45 AMG will also get the same 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system bound for the hatch, mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

The AMG-tuned sedan will give Mercedes an advantage in its battle with rivals BMW and Audi, which offer only hatch models in the segment: the 235kW M135i and the 250kW RS 3.

In the regular CLA, engine options will likely again mirror the A-Class, including a 90kW CLA 180 and 115kW CLA 200, both powered by turbo 1.6 petrol engine.

A sub-AMG range-topper in the CLA 250 is also likely, its 2.0 litre turbo engine producing 155kW and 350Nm of torque.

Watch for more details in the coming weeks.

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