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A report coming out of England indicates Mercedes-Benz is preparing to finally introduce a small, entry-level coupe aimed squarely at the Audi TT and the BMW 2 Series.

Currently at the embryonic stage of development, the yet-unnamed coupe will ride on the second generation of the MFA platform that currently underpins the A-, B-, CLA-, and GLA-Class. It will boast a highly-aerodynamic design that will borrow styling cues such as a long hood and a fastback-like silhouette from the AMG GT (pictured), though its front overhang is expected to be noticeably longer in order to accommodate a transversally-mounted engine.

Like the TT, Mercedes’ rumored coupe will offer space for four occupants in a 2+2 configuration. The Stuttgart-based automaker is putting a big emphasis on day-to-day practicality so the coupe will offer no less than 12 cubic feet of trunk space with four passengers on board.

The coupe will be available with a long list of four-cylinder gasoline- and diesel-burning engines developed jointly by Mercedes and industrial partner Renault-Nissan. Front-wheel drive will come standard, and the next evolution of Mercedes’ 4Matic all-wheel drive system will be available at an extra cost on most models.


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A sport-focused AMG-tuned model will round out the lineup a little later in the production run. British magazine Autocar reports the AMG-badged model will be powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that will send up to 400 horsepower to all four wheels via a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The coupe will be able to reach 62 mph from a stop in 4.5 seconds and go on to a top speed of 155 mph.

If the rumor materializes, Mercedes’ upcoming TT-fighting coupe will likely bow as a thinly-veiled concept at a major auto show in 2017 or 2018. The production model will be introduced in 2019, meaning it will go sale across the nation as a 2020 model.


Read more: 2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Coupe | News, Specs, Rumors | Digital Trends


maybe the should call it the PSL Line for PINT Sport Leicht.:grin:


With the growth in popularity of modular platforms in the auto industry, it's rapidly becoming commonplace to see a company with multiple models that look different but share a significant number of parts underneath. One such an example is Mercedes-Benz's line of compacts, including the A-Class hatchback, CLA-Class sedan, GLA-Class crossover. Two derivatives lacking from German brand's current, small-car range are a coupe and convertible, but that might be changing soon.

Mercedes is hard at work on a coupe with 2+2 seating, a liftback roof and styling inspired by the AMG GT, according to Autocar. Daimler Chairman Dieter Zetsche reportedly supports the idea, too. The new two-door could be on the road as soon as 2019 to target models like the Audi TT and BMW 2 Series, and a convertible version might follow later.

This little, luxury two-door would ride on Mercedes' next-gen, front-wheel-drive compact platform, according to Autocar. It reportedly allows the German company to vary a model's size more than the current version and can better adapt to hybrid powertrains. A previous report also suggested the coupe and convertible might use this improved chassis, if they got the green light.

Of course, a Mercedes model is hardly complete without an AMG version, so that would also be a possibility. According to Autocar, the performance brand's 2.0-liter four-cylinder could see output pushed to 400 horsepower compared to the current 355-hp unit. Earlier rumors also indicated a more powerful version of the boosted mill might be on the way.

With Autocar backing all this up only with unnamed sources, the rumors should probably be taken with a grain of salt at the moment. However, a small coupe from the brand doesn't seem entirely impossible. After all, after two-door versions of the C-,E-, and S-Class, why not a smaller one, too?
 
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