Mercedes-Benz used the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas to unveil its new CLA and although prices and specification aren’t available yet, we’re not disappointed with first impressions.
A complete redesign of the back end gives a much sleeker look. Exposed wheel arches, a lower rear licence plate and angled the tail lights resemble the CLS. The front is more like the A-Class hatch.
Inside the cabin, designers have completely dispensed with a cowl above the cockpit. As a result, the wing-shaped main body of the dashboard extends from one front door to the other with no visual discontinuity. Voice control, seat recognition, comfort control systems have been introduced.
There’s even an energizing package with enables drivers to pair a compatible smart watch with the car, it will then produce personal stats such as stress levels during a journey.
Safety features such as Active distance Assist, Active Emergency Stop Assist, Active Brake Assist and Active lane Keeping Assist are available.
The new model is longer (+48mm), lower (-2mm) and wider (+53mm) than its predecessor. In terms of driving dynamics, the CLA has a wide track (an extra 63 mm at the front and 55 mm more at the rear compared to its predecessor) and a lower centre of gravity.
These two key features give the CLA the sportiest driving characteristics of all models in the new generation of compacts from Mercedes-Benz.
Engine specifications aren’t available yet. The CLA on display in Vegas was the CLA 250 with a four-cylinder petrol engine. By the time it launches in the UK there will be a broad range of diesel and petrol engines available featuring manual or dual-clutch transmissions and 4MATIC all-wheel drive.
Lease offers on the new model should available soon and we’re expecting prices for the new model to start from around £30,000. V4B still has some fantastic offers on the outgoing CLA. Click here for the latest deals.