Four-door coupe/sedan variant of the B-Class will serve as a front-wheel drive entry-level sedan for the premium brand.

It's coming - a more affordable Mercedes sedan.

The 2013 Mercedes-Benz CLC four-door coupe is set for a debut at the New York auto show next spring. The all-new model is based on the just introduced next-generation B-Class and is a compact version of the larger CLS-Class sedan/coupe.

The new CLC will represent a new entry-level sedan for the Mercedes-Benz brand, whose current A- and B-Class models are hatchbacks. "This will be a real Mercedes-Benz," said one exec to Inside Line.

We also expect a compact SUV to be derived from the new 2012 B-Class. That model is said to be called the GLC.

All the aforementioned B-Class variants will ride on Mercedes-Benz's new Modular Front Architecture (MFA) front-wheel drive platform.

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