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The German automobile giant Mercedes Benz is all set to debut the Mercedes CLA Compact saloon car at the 2013 Detroit Motor Show going to be held this month. This car will carry lots of expectations for the fans as it is the first member of the company’s extended family of A-Class based compact sedans. Even though much details of the car have not come out yet, some forums have come out with the first leaked photos of this gorgeous looking car. Among the five leaked pics we have- three of them shows the exterior, while the other two shows the interior.

Mercedes CLA Compact


Exterior

The Mercedes CLA Compact as you can see from the pics looks very aggressive from the front which carries a sporty front bumper having big air intakes, floating front grill and aggressive lines on the hood. The side profile of the car is characterized by three distinct creases and a coupe like swooping roof line.  Finally the rear gets tail lamps inspired by the CLS, a sporty bumper, a fine lip spoiler as well as twin exhausts. So overall this compact car looks fantastic especially with the AMG body kit, however the production version will be a toned down version of this car.

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Interior

The interior of the CLA compact looks very much similar to the Mercedes Benz A-class and SLS-AMG with circular AC vents and black interiors. Also with a multi-function screen on the top of dashboard and sporty seats the interiors definitely looks very much luxurious and sporty. Sharing of trim and parts is done to keep the costs of this compact saloon down.

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Engine & Performance

The Mercedes CLA compact will have the option to be powered by either a four cylinder turbocharged diesel or a petrol engine. Having shared the engine line-up with the A-class hatchback, the customers get to choose from a variety of options. This includes a 2.0 litre gasoline powerplant producing an output of 208hp (211 PS) for the CLA 250 BlueEFFICIENCY version, and a finely tuned version of the same engine producing a maximum power output of 350 hp and a max torque of 332lb-ft (450Nm) for all wheel drive CLA 45 AMG.

Conclusion

Although the car looks more like the next generation A-class sedan, the company changed the name to avoid any confusion as the CLS is for big and CLA is small. Also with the leaked photos there is very little details that we can come up with. However we can expect every detail of the car out once the Mercedes CLA Compact is debuted at the 2013 Detroit Motor Show going to be held this month.

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