The upcoming Mercedes-Benz CLA will be the German carmaker’s attempt at a compact “four-door coupe”, and is currently undergoing testing around the world, with one prototype making an appearance right here in the UAE.
While it takes design cues from the CLS, the CLA will apparently be based on the midget-sized A-Class.
According to speculation, under the bonnet will be a 211 hp 2.0-litre turbocharged direct-injection 4-cylinder with with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and all-wheel-drive at launch. A range of motors will be offered when the CLA goes on sale, including 1.6-litre and 1.8-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engines.
Mercedes-Benz showcased the CSC Concept at the Beijin Motor Show in April, which was a preview for what the CLA might look like.
The Mercedes CLA is expected to arrive in 2014 priced from, we’re guessing, Dhs 150,000. Judging by the stage at which this prototype in Dubai seems to be in, the final design details are yet to be nailed down.
Photo by Hozefa Lokhandwala.