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New Mercedes coupe and off-roader confirmed

A-class-based 4x4 and coupé in the pipeline

Mercedes-Benz has revealed it will produce a compact 4×4 based on the firm’s A-class hatchback, as well as a small coupé.

Mercedes-Benz badge

All-new coupe and SUV due from Mercedes-Benz

The new vehicles are likely to be called the GLC and CLA respectively and will rival the BMW X1 and 1 Series coupé.

Small off-roader

The new small 4×4 is likely to share the 2012 A-class hatchback’s styling, and it will be based on the new model’s platform.

The new car is likely to share the A-class’ engine line-up, too, including the entry-level 108bhp 1.5-litre and 134bhp 1.8-litre turbodiesels, as well as the normally-aspirated 120bhp and 154bhp 1.6- and 208bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engines.

Both two and four-wheel drive versions will be offered.

Mercedes-Benz A-class

Both models will be based on the 2012- A-class hatchback

Small coupé

It is thought the German firm also has plans for a small coupé. The new compact two-door model will draw inspiration from the CSC concept Mercedes revealed at this year’s Beijing Motor Show.

The engine line-up for this BMW 1 Series coupé rival is not yet confirmed, but it is expected the car will again share the A-class hatchback’s range of turbodiesel and petrol motors.

The 208bhp 2.0-litre turbo A-class completes 0-62mph in 6.6 seconds, so in a small coupé this engine the performance would rival the BMW 125i coupé and Volkswagen Scirocco GT 2.0 TSI.

AMG performance models

Mercedes has confirmed that a four-wheel drive AMG performance version of the A-class – badged the A45 AMG – will follow in 2013.

A 330hp 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine will power the car and could find its way into other proposed A-class variants.

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