New model will get a turbocharged 4-cylinder, all-wheel drive and a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission
We had presumed that the sloped and sexy F800 Style concept set to debut next week at the Geneva Auto Show was a look ahead at the future of the CLS, but according to a new report it may in fact be a look at an upcoming sub-C-Class model.
According to AutoCar, the F800 previews a new entry-level Mercedes and an AMG version of the car will compete against vehicles like the Golf R and Audi S3. Presumably that list also includes the BMW 135. Power will come from a turbocharged 2.0-liter, direct-injection 4-cylinder with a seven-seed dual-clutch gearbox and all-wheel drive. Power will be rated at 300-hp and torque at 220 ft-lbs.
It’s not clear if a hatchback will be offered, but the decision to build the new model initially as a sedan is due to a high demand for sedans over hatchbacks in the U.S. – a huge market for AMG.
This new platform will also spawn a crossover for Mercedes, likely to be dubbed the BLK, slotting in underneath the GLK and competing against the upcoming BMW X1.