Mercedes-Benz came up with another beautiful four-door coupe that generally follows the aesthetic of the original four-door coupe, the CLS, yet is based on the smallest of the line-up range, the A-class hatchback.
With the CLA, Mercedes-Benz has broken the record in aerodynamics for series production automobiles with Cd value of 0.22; it’s even slipperier than a Toyota Prius, giving it a huge advantage on the general fuel consumption.
The CLA is also enhanced with advanced driving assistance systems, particularly ATTENTION ASSIST and COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST. The former detects drowsiness of the driver while the latter is a radar-based system working together with adaptive Brake Assist to help protect the CLA from collisions from speed of only 7 km/h.
Two petrol engines and one diesel engine will be the default choice for the CLA, coming in a form of CLA180, CLA200, CLA250 and CLA220 CDI. All of the engines come standard with ECO start/stop function, combined to either six-speed manual ‘box or the 7G-DCT dual-clutch ‘box.
The CLA will have sports suspension with McPherson front axle and an independent multilink rear suspension, Mercedes’ 4MATIC all-wheel drive and Direct Steer system.
As for the interior, it closely keeps the A-class interior architecture, with galvanized trim surfaces that result in metallic finish. Keeping in mind with the young professional target market, the latest multimedia systems with new functions, additional apps and a modified graphic color scheme.
The new CLA is available for ordering and will be delivered to European dealerships in April, with US sales beginning on September.