Mercedes CSC Beijing concept unveiled

This sleek saloon is the new Mercedes CSC (Concept Style Coupe), which Merc is due to unveil at the Beijing show next week.

Described by Mercedes as 'a convincing statement in favour of avantgarde design among sporty executive coupes', the CSC is a move into the premium C-segment for the CLS-style four-door coupe idea, and is expected to inspire a junior saloon called the CLA.

That car will, when it goes on sale next year, will be part of the vanguard for a whole new niche of A3/A-Class/1 Series vehicles, alongside a saloon version of the new Audi A3 and (we hear whispers) a possible four-door version of the BMW 1 Series.

Like the new A-class, the CSC concept gets dramatic, swoopy looks inside and out and, since the production car it spawns will be based on the same platform as the 'A', the concept also gets its engine and running gear from that direction, with a 211hp turbocharged 2.0-litre engine, all-wheel drive and the new 7G-DCT twin-clutch gearbox.

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  • dtrump 27 Apr 2012


    liking this a lot smile

  • Ihavcndygetinvan 27 Apr 2012

    Screams Volvo S60 R-Design to me...

  • offendi 24 Apr 2012

    no likey!
    I dont like the direction Merc are heading design wise but as long as they 'mack em like they used to ' they could tempt me once aagin

  • PaperCut 24 Apr 2012

    Frimley111R said:
    Or888t said:
    MrGeoff said:
    stuckmojo said:
    the real story here is Mercedes moving to FWD. Shame.
    Am I missing something? The article states AWD.
    The styling loks very FWD oriantated i'd say, but the artcial does say it's AWD, interesting to see how this progresses...
    Its says the concept is AWD. I'd bet on it not being AWD in produstion guise.
    This is supposed to appeal to the younger market (at a guess), as a junior-CLS if you like. Entry level models will be FWD and the more powerful versions AWD, according to magazine sources.

    I hope they get the price right as you may as well buy a nearly-new CLS!

  • bobberz 23 Apr 2012

    Mercedes used to build cars that were over-engineered with subtle styling. Now they build cars that are just over-styled.

    The only cars from their range that still appeal to me are the G-wagen, C-63AMG(saloon and Black Series), and E-63 AMG.

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