Mercedes currently has two four-door coupes – the entry-level CLA-Class, four-door coupe equivalent of the A-Class, and the range-topping CLS-Class, four-door coupe equivalent of the E-Class. A space remains between the two, for a four-door coupe equivalent of the C-Class. This gap will be filled by the Mercedes CLC-Class in 2020, says a report from AutoBild.
As the Mercedes CLS-Class falls in the E-Class segment, it would likely be renamed the Mercedes CLE-Class when it enters its third generation around 2018, as per the brand’s new nomenclature system. With the new generation, it would bring a new design & styling for the four-door coupes and this should be reflected in the CLC-Class too. Not just that, some of the engine and transmission options could be carried over, as we’ve seen so far with the E-Class and C-Class.
The CLC-Class would be based on the long-wheelbase version of the C-Class which is currently available in China. The long-wheelbase C-Class, currently reserved for the Chinese market, has a wheelbase of 2,920 mm, 80 mm longer than the standard C-Class which has a wheelbase of 2,840 mm.
According to the report, the CLC-Class won’t have a large tailgate, which could help the coupe’s looks. One of the models in the range will be ‘CLC 450 Sport’ and it will be powered by a 435 hp six-cylinder engine which will be assisted by a 15 kW (20 hp) mild hybrid system. Moreover, a plug-in hybrid variant with a 90 kW (121 hp) electric motor will also be available, and it will be joined by another model with a 115 kW (154 hp) electric motor.
The Mercedes CLC-Class will rival the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe and the Audi A5 Sportback.