Mercedes won’t make a four-door CL-classFebruary 19, 2021
The chief engineer of Mercedes-Benz said that despite a great desire to present a four-door version of the sporty Mercedes-Benz CL-class, in the end it was decided to curtail the project.
Rumors of a four-door coupe replacing the outgoing C-class originally surfaced in May 2014, but they remain rumors. Now, the German automaker has officially announced that the CLC-class with four doors, which could become a competitor to the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe, will never be presented.
In an interview with Automotive News Europe, Mercedes chief engineer Christian Frue admitted that the new fast-paced sedan, midway between the CLA and the CLS, was conceived as a concept early in the development of the W206 generation C-class.
However, the “three-pointed star” ultimately abandoned the idea of creating a competitor to the Audi A5 Sportback: “As you know, in this car business it is accepted that not every concept shown ends up being a production model.”
Mr. Frew admitted that the “charged” AMG C63 will lose its V8 engine due to stricter emission regulations. As previously reported, all versions of the next C-class will use hybrid four-cylinder engines. The reason even the latest 3.0-liter inline-six won’t be available is due to technical constraints.
This would lengthen the front of the car by 50 millimeters and increase the load on the front axle, which, according to Frew, would have a negative effect on “driving dynamics.” He argued that the four-cylinder plug-in hybrid powertrain more than made up for the power difference caused by the loss of the V8 engine. In addition, PHEV engines are smoother and have better fuel economy.
Not so long ago, we wrote that spy shots of the new Mercedes-Benz G-Class 4×4 Squared were published. The Mercedes-Benz G-Class 4 × 4 Squared concept on a high suspension was spotted by Motor1 photo spies during winter tests. Despite the masking tape, the test specimen looks like a serial version.
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