Mercedes-Benz Baby CLS Production Confirmed

Mercedes-Benz announced the opening of a new assembly plant today in Kecskemét, Hungary and at the opening ceremonies let slip that a new small four door coupe, probably called the CLA, will be produced at the new plant.

We have already seen spy photos of this new Merc, which further stirred rumors of when and where the car would be produced. Now we know that it will be produced in the Hungarian plant, along side the car that is shares its platform with, the Mercedes-Benz B-Class.

Sharing with the B-Class should lead to most CLA models running with front wheel drive, although a premium all wheel drive and AMG models have been rumored as options. For base engines, the CLA will likely feature the 201-hp turbocharged 1.8-liter four cylinder sourced from the C-Class.

This new plant marks a €1.4 billion investment from Daimler into production plants, with €800 million going to the new Kecskemét plant and €600 million going to expand the Rastatt plant.

We should see a close to production concept version at an upcoming auto show, possibly the Beijing Auto Show or the L.A. Auto Show.