Editor/Reporter - CheersandGears.com
January 18, 2012
2012 is going to be an interesting year for the three pointed star. This is the year that will see the new SL roadster and GL SUV being launched. This is also the year when Mercedes will begin introducing to the US their FWD compact luxury cars. Car & Driver and Automotive News have learned about which models Mercedes will be bringing over within the next few years.
First up is a sleek compact four-door sedan nicknamed the CLC. Spy shots of the CLC show it having the shape of the larger CLS. Power will come from a new turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine with direct injection, producing 210 HP and going through a new dual-clutch gear box.
Next is the A-Class. Design will be similar from the A-Class concept shown at the New York Auto Show last year. The question is will the U.S. get the three-door, five-door, or both when the model is introduced sometime this year.
Following that is a crossover on the A-Class platform, sources tell Car & Driver. The crossover will likely carry cues from the GLK SUV.
Finally we get to the B-Class, Mercedes-Benz’s compact MPV will not be coming in its regular form, but possibly as an extended EV. Joachim Schmidt, Mercedes-Benz’s global sales boss told Automotive News that the U.S. could get a B-Class with a range extender.