The new model will be based on the new A-Class and B-Class MFA platform and will reportedly feature a front-wheel drive layout sharing similar drivetrains. An AMG version has also been rumoured, which is said to feature an all-wheel drive system.
Recently posted on Benzinsider.com, these images show the car will indeed feature a smaller CLS four-door coupe layout, hence it is being dubbed as a baby CLS. According to the source though, it is unknown if this exact version on the production line is a showroom model or just another prototype being built.
The CLS heritage is easy to spot nonetheless, with a swooped down rear end and a curvaceous roofline. The bonnet and front guards also give way to a headline design that sticks with Mercedes-Benz's latest design philosophy, also seen on the new 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS. Reports suggest the new model may even exhibit some of the design features as the Mercedes-Benz F800 Concept.
The new Mercedes-Benz CLC/BLC is expected to hit the showrooms sometime in 2013. We'll be sure to keep you updated on more concrete details when they emerge.
UPDATE: Spy shots of a prototype undergoing testing have just come through from our spy photographer. The car appears to be in its early stages of testing, evident by the thick camouflaging all over the car.