Like Andy Lau’s rumored relationship with then girlfriend Carol Chu, Mercedes’ decision to build a compact four-door coupe is an open secret, which has been confirmed by the Stuttgart automaker only recently. This was announced by Daimler CEO, Dieter Zetsche, at the opening ceremony of the brand’s new passenger car plant in Kecskemét, Hungary.
The first model to roll out of the Hungary plant would be the latest B Class hatchback. The next model to be produced at the factory, as you would have guessed, would be the “baby CLS”. The new four-door coupe is expected to carry the CLC badge and will be revealed in concept form at the upcoming 2012 New York Auto Show.
The new CLC will be built upon the latest A-Class’s MFA modular platform that allows the flexibility of front or all-wheel-drive layouts. The base model will likely feature the 204 hp turbocharged 1.8-Litre four cylinder sourced from the C250 BlueEfficiency.
At the opening of the new plant, Zetsche commented that with the production network of the Rastatt (Germany) and Kecskemét plants, the company now has the capacity to meet the demand from many existing and new customers in the premium compact segment. More excitingly, Mercedes plans to launch 10 new derivatives by 2015 for which no predecessor models exist.
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