Near-production-ready prototypes of the new Mercedes-Benz CLA have been spotted testing with minimal camouflage ahead of its 2019 unveiling.
Details of the small four-door coupé remain scarce, although a more angular front end and gently sloping bootlid suggest a close resemblance to the larger CLS grand tourer.
With the new CLA having previously been seen only in full camouflage, these latest photos reveal more of the production bodywork, suggesting an imminent reveal early next year.
A continuation of Mercedes’ so-called purity design lineage, the design of the second-generation CLA will replace the taut surfacing treatment and heavily etched swage lines of its predecessor.
At this stage, it is not known whether the new model will manage to match the outstanding aerodynamic efficiency of the original CLA, which holds the distinction of being the most aerodynamically efficient car ever placed into larger-scale production, with a drag coefficient of just 0.22 in CLA180 BlueEfficiency guise.