Mercedes-Benz will preview its new CLA premium compact car by unveiling a concept called the Concept Style Coupe at the upcoming Beijing auto show.
"This is the model against which sporty vehicles in the executive [compact] segment will have to measure themselves in future," said Mercedes CEO Dieter Zetsche in a statement.
Mercedes design boss Gorden Wagener said the concept is almost production-standard and its sinewy fluid surfaces and sculptural lines "are the physical expression of our dynamic design idiom."
A production version of the concept will go on sale in 2013 in global markets including Europe and the United States, joining the new Mercedes A class and B class as the third model built on Mercedes' new compact platform.
The rakish four-door, coupe-styled sedan has been dubbed the 'baby CLS' after the larger CLS car launched by the German premium brand in 2004.
The compact platform, called Mercedes Frontwheel Architecture (MFA,) will eventually produce five separate models. The final two haven't been announced, but reports suggest they will be a small SUV and a shooting-brake-styled station wagon.
The Concept Style Coupe is powered by a 211-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine that was first revealed in the new A class at the Geneva show last month. Power is sent to all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
The car will be built alongside the B class at Mercedes' new $1 billion factory in Kecskemet, Hungary, which started production last month. The factory has an annual capacity of 100,000 units.