Next year, the new Mercedes CLA is set to debut, hot on the heels of the new A-Class – with stronger engines and coupe design cues. Our colleagues from Autobild reveal the latest info and images.
The development is in full swing, as shown by the spy pictures. The sideline is similar to the A-Class, but at second glance we notice the rounder roofline and the slightly longer overhang at the rear, which accommodates a slightly larger trunk. In order to better distinguish the CLA visually, the front and rear aprons have been redesigned. The light signature does not differ much from the A-Class. The upcoming Mercedes CLA should be a family coupe with a larger trunk, more space in the rear thanks to new rear axle (solid for less powerful engines).
The architecture of the next CLA runs under the symbol MFA2. The first evolutionary stage promises less weight and more variability, a stiffer body shell and smoother suspension, advances in digitization and consumption.
As in the A-Class, highlights in the interior include the large widescreen cockpit and the steering wheel with touchpads. There will be no analog instruments in the CLA. Even the basic version should receive a fully digital cockpit. Depending on the equipment version, only the sizes of the displays vary between two seven-inch displays (base), seven- and 10.25-inch displays or two 10.25-inch screens. Due to the steep inclination of the displays and a special foil, the widescreen cockpit without scoop comes out above the instruments. As a result, the dashboard looks like one single piece and extends from door to door without interruption.
According to Mercedes, the display should not allow any reflections. Thanks to the new MBUX interface, the CLA makes a big leap forward in networking. The new infotainment system was introduced in the A-Class and will also be offered in the CLA. The rest of the interior will receive much of the new A-Class styling. These include the ventilation nozzles in turbine optics, the chrome trim and the seat configurations.
The engines will be lifted from the portfolio of the A-Class. Thus, initially two gasoline and a diesel would find their way into the CLA. The petrol engine, M282 series, has 1.33-liter displacement and develops up to 163 hp and 250 Nm, being matted to a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox – also avalaible with a manual six-speed gearbox and four-wheel drive. A cylinder deactivation system should help to reduce the consumption of the four-cylinder in the partial load range. The M282, developed in collaboration with Renault, has a particle filter too.
The second new gasoline engine (M260) has two liters of displacement and makes in the A 250 224 hp. Its maximum torque will be 350 Nm. The gear change takes place exclusively via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The M260 also has a particle filter.
The third new engine in the range is the 1.5-liter diesel engine with the internal name OM 608. It is based on the well-known OM 607, but according to Mercedes, will be quieter and have lower emissions (Euro 6 d temp). For the exhaust aftertreatment, Mercedes uses SCR-Kats with AdBlue (tank capacity: 23.8 liters). At the same time the power increases compared to the old A 180 d (109 hp) by seven horsepower to 116 hp. The diesel will be coupled to the same Getrag seven-speed dual-clutch transmission with sailing function, which is also combined with the 1.33-liter gasoline engine.
Meanwhile, AMG is developing a new four-cylinder engine with up to 400 hp for the A-Class top model, which will crown the series. The engine is also an option for the CLA.
The new A-Class will cost when it reaches the market in A 200 base guise 30,231.95 euros. For the upcoming CLA with the same motorization we should expect at least 35,000 euros.