Mercedes-Benz engineers were busy testing the new CLA (previously, Concept Style Coupe) in Iceland recently and failed to notice their every move being documented by one lucky amateur spy photographer. That's good news for Benz fanatics who have been anxiously awaiting the new, smaller architecture road cars from their favored marque since it means we get to see the road-going version of the car previewed at the Beijing Auto Show. The expected dominance of the A-class variants is vital to the future financial success of Mercedes-Benz, with it's competitors moving downmarket in an effort to tap fuel efficient and city-compatible vehicles that a more austere future requires. Mercedes intends to show that "small car" no longer needs to equal "entry level" with beautifully designed interiors, elegant body lines and lots of features to choose from for the ultimate customization experience the company is becoming known for. Expect Designo variants and possibly even a Black Series in years to come.
Full original article (translated to English) with more photos can be seen on der Spiegel here.