2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA facelift spy pics (in Shooting Brake guise) have surfaced for the first time. Hot on the heels of the updated A-Class, the CLA follows suit with similar changes, expected to be announced early next year.
Styling-wise, the refresh brings little news. The most striking modifications will be applied to the headlights – now with optional LED technology – and the tail light design. In addition, a more swept front apron, a rejuvenated grille and new tailpipes can be seen on the thinly camouflaged prototypes.
The interior features new materials and fresh instrument cluster alongside an optional larger display. In addition, the infotainment system will become compatible with the latest crop of smartphones and offer Apple and Google MirrorLink connectivity.
Following the A-Class’ lead, the CLA and its CLA Shooting Brake derivative are set to identical updated engines with better fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions in mind. The CLA 45 AMG will benefit the most. Its turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine gets new mapping and higher boost pressure. As a result, power output will go up from today’s 360 hp rating to 381 hp and 475 Nm. The CLA 250 will also get a revised engine with total output increased from 211 to 218 hp.
The suspension setup is also new with an adaptive setup offered for the first time, allowing the driver to modify the vehicle’s damping characteristics using the DYNAMIC SELECT switch in two modes, Comfort and Sport. Dynamic Select will now be standard alongside both manual and automatic (7G-DCT seven-speed dual-clutch) variants, except base engines. The system adjusts the response of the engine, transmission, suspension, steering and air conditioning in four driving modes: Comfort, Sport, Eco and Individual.
Last but not the least, the updated CLA Shooting Brake will be the second model in Mercedes’ compact range to join the firm’s latest naming scheme. In place of their current CDI and Bluetec badges, diesel powered CLA Shooting Brake models will simply be set apart by the ‘d’ symbol placed after their number designation.
2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA facelift will celebrate its official debut next March, at the Geneva motor show, while the first deliveries are expected to be honored next Summer.