Mercedes-Benz seems intent on stealing the show this week.
The North American International Auto Show in Detroit, we mean, running through January 27.
On the heels of the E-Class and E63 AMG they’ve unwrapped for 2014, the marque has also provided a sneak peek of the brand-new CLA-Class, which they teased in December, announcing it would make its “public” debut at the Superbowl next month.
Teasing the brand-new Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class
The CLA, not officially on view at the Detroit show, is evolved from the CLS with styling cues from the avant-garde A-Class, which we first got a glimpse of at the New York Auto Show in 2011.
In keeping with its trend for new models, the CLA is available with MB’s famed 4MATIC all-wheel drive along with various Big Brother–type systems like Collision Prevention Assist to keep you from crashing the thing.
The CLA’s turbocharged engine kicks out 208 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, and M-B claims the vehicle sets a new world record in aerodynamics for series production automobiles.
That can’t hide the fact that Mercedes’ new entry level car is expected to cost only about $30,000 when it hit US dealerships this fall, which is bound to annoy many drivers who paid a lot more for the privilege of piloting a three-point star.
The 2014 Corvette Stingray on the 60th anniversary of the original
So Mercedes is making the most of the hype, with an “official world premiere” at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Berlin on January 15, prior to the Super Bowl spot.
Also taking a bow in Detroit is the 2014 Corvette Stingray on the 60th anniversary of the original, which is certainly an aesthetic upgrade from recent ‘Vettes.
It’s also being touted as the brand’s most powerful standard model ever, with an estimated 450 hp and 450 lb.-ft. of torque—more than double the CLA if you’ve any doubt this is a real sports car—allowing it to do 0 to 60 in under four seconds.
And of course because it’s no longer acceptable to simply boast about petrol-guzzling performance, the new Stingray is also being dubbed the most fuel-efficient.
For those keeping track at home, here’s a list of other new Detroit debuts, the best of which we’ve brought you in depth.
A comprehensive list of other new Detroit debuts
Some of them are truly new, while others are warmed over, “upgraded,” cobbled together from other models or have actually been kicking around for a while:
Audi R8 V10 Plus and RS5 convertible
Bentley GT Speed convertible
Honda urban SUV concept
Hyundai HCD-14 concept
Kia luxury sedan
Lincoln MKC concept
Mini John Cooper Works Paceman
Nissan Versa hatchback
Toyota Furia concept
Volkswagen Passat performance concept
- Posted January 14, 2013
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