The new Mercedes CLA reveals its design secrets in latest spy video from WalkoArt. The new four door coupe will debut next year, hot on the heels of the new A-Class – with stronger engines and more sporty styling.
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.
Design-wise, the new 2019 Mercedes CLA will feature an evolutionary, but more sporty profile. 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 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 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.
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.