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Video: Mercedes-Benz CLA ‘baby CLS’ prototype spotted

September 13, 2012

Mercedes-Benz has been spotted test driving a prototype version of the upcoming Mercedes-Benz CLA; a four-door coupe version that will sit somewhere in between the A-Class and the C-Class.

The new model will follow in the footsteps created by the CLS. The CLS is like a sleek four-door coupe version of the E-Class, sporting swept-back looks and a similar lineup of powerful engines.

For the Mercedes-Benz CLA, most of the underpinnings will be borrowed from the new A-Class and its MFA platform. This could include a fiery new AMG version kitted out with the same powertrain that’s expected in the A45 AMG. The AMG engine is set to be a 2.0-litre heavily turbocharged four-cylinder producing around 250kW.

Underneath, the new CLA is likely to use a front-wheel drive layout for entry-level variants, and a four-wheel drive setup for higher up models, or at least for the potential AMG version.

All is expected to be revealed at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, starting September 29.

Click play below for a quick look. The prototype features very little camouflaging, giving you a clear view and indication of what the production version will look like.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.