Mercedes-Benz has released official information and photos of its CSC (Concept Style Coupé) and what a stunner!
This concept is a preview of the production model that will be arriving next year and that Mercedes will be building at its new manufacturing plant in Hungary.
Some are calling it a “Baby CLS” because it looks so much like the large four-door coupe we’re so familiar with. Some of its potential competitors include the Volvo S40, and possibly a similar model from BMW, based on the 1-Series.
Based on the latest A-Class with which it shares its interior and drive-line, the CSC is longer (1.8”), 121 mm (4.8”) wider and 49 mm (1.9”) lower than the C-Class sedan. It rides on the same 2,699 mm wheelbase as the A-Class five-door hatch that Mercedes sells in Europe, but not in North America.
The concept is fitted with a 2.0-liter direct-injection and turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine that delivers 208 hp and includes Mercedes’ 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system and 7G-DCT dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The production version will most logically be offered with the same or similar engine line-up to the A-Class, with possibly front and all-wheel-drive versions available. Apart from the 208 hp 2.0 L Turbo found on the prototype, the Europeans get a 1.6 liter turbocharged gasoline with either 121 hp or 154 hp, as well as two diesels: 1.8 litre with 134 hp and a 2.2 litre engine with 168 hp.
An AMG version is planned and it will be powered by a specially tuned version of the 2.0-litre turbocharged gasoline engine, delivering over 300 hp and will come standard with AWD. The production CSC will be sold in North America, where it will most likely be offered with the 2.0 litre Turbo, the 2.2-litre diesel (!) and in AMG guise.
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Text: Iain Shankland // Images: Mercedes-Benz
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