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.

P.H. O'meter

Join the PH rating wars with your marks out of 10 for the article (Your ratings will be shown in your profile if you have one!)

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
Rate this article

Comments (29) Join the discussion on the forum

  • forzaminardi 19 Apr 2012

    Its a convoncing statement in beaky noses, that's for sure.

  • GroundEffect 19 Apr 2012

    Yeah, that's not manufacturable...

  • Stu R 19 Apr 2012

    Bodywork is far too fussy, looks like it needs an iron running over it. Other than that and the foul wheels, it'll probably look quite nice once it's been sanitised a little for production.

  • needham 19 Apr 2012

    Smooth out the creases down the side, and put some nice wheels on it instead of the dreadful things in the photo, and it'll be very nice.

  • stuckmojo 19 Apr 2012

    the real story here is Mercedes moving to FWD. Shame.

View all comments in the forums Make a comment