Mercedes-Benz Unveils the Renewed CLA Coupe and Shooting Brake Models


Mercedes-Benz Unveils the Renewed CLA Coupe and Shooting Brake Models

Mercedes-Benz has officially presented the renewed CLA model in Coupe and Shooting Brake variants. Both body versions have undergone subtle design changes, including for the first time standard LED lights and a radiator grille in a star design, while the AMG 35 high-performance version received the Panamericana grille previously reserved only for the most powerful AMG 45.

Design Revamp

The design of the CLA models has been revamped with subtle changes to the exterior, including the inclusion of standard LED lights and a radiator grille in a star design. The AMG 35 high-performance version also received the Panamericana grille, previously only seen on the most powerful AMG 45 models.

The interior of the CLA models has been updated as well, with recycled materials mostly used in the design. The basic models come with a 7-inch and a 10.25-inch stand-alone screen, but two 10.25-inch screens can be purchased as an additional option.

As with other recently refreshed Mercedes models, the CLA ditched the old trackpad of the MBUX infotainment system and in its place there is a small storage compartment. The premium optional Burmester sound system provides immersive Dolby Atmos surround sound for the ultimate audio experience.

Powertrain Upgrades

There are a few changes under the hood of the CLA models. The hybrid model 250 e, with 161 hp, now has an electric motor that develops 107 hp, seven more than before. The battery can be charged up to 11 kW, compared to the old one which only supported 7.4 kW AC charging.

DC charging goes up to 22 kW, meaning the battery with a capacity of 15.6 kWh will charge from 10 to 80 percent in 25 minutes. The hybrid CLA Coupe accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.6 seconds, while using only the electric motor it covers 82 kilometers.

The more practical station wagon is slower by a tenth, and its range is shorter by several kilometers. Other powertrain options, depending on the market, include 1.3-liter four-cylinder engines in the CLA 180 and 200 models, while the CLA 220 is powered by a 2.0-liter engine that develops up to 221 hp in the CLA 220 and 250 models.

The three diesel models deliver between 114 and 187 hp. AMG's CLA 35 also adopted hybrid technology, but in this case it works from a 48-volt mild hybrid starter-generator, rather than a true plug-in system. The power remained the same, so the CLA 35 develops 302 HP and 400 Nm of torque and reaches "100" in 4.9 seconds. Those who want a faster car should choose the CLA 45 S with 415 hp, which does the same job in 4.1 seconds.