Mercedes-Benz CLA Facelift Unveiled Ahead of New York Auto Show

Published On Mar 18, 2016 06:20 PM By Saad for Mercedes-Benz CLA

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Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the updated versions of the CLA and CLA Shooting Brake. Both are scheduled to debut at the upcoming New York Auto Show. The CLA is the new sedan version while the CLA Shooting Brake is the estate version with slightly tweaked exteriors and some equipment upgrades.

Speaking of the changes in the new CLA twins, the cars carry forward the enhancements given to the A-Class hatchback in 2015. The changes to the exterior include diamond radiator grille with glossy black finish, multi-beam LED headlamps with daytime running lights and revised bumpers. The rear has been tweaked, with the inclusion of revamped tail lights and new dual exhausts. Moreover, buyers will have the choice of a new Cavansite Blue Metallic, 18-inch alloy wheels which come in five different designs and hands-free boot opening for the tail gate.

On the inside, the new Mercedes-Benz CLA Class features a new dashboard trim, grazed by aluminium with honeycomb grain, matte black ash wood, and black DINAMICA micro fibre. Further, one can choose from an array of seat upholstery. What makes this car more enticing is the inclusion of a new instrument cluster that now incorporates red needles, an 8-inch COMAND touchscreen infotainment unit that is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and lashings of chrome for that much-needed oomph factor.

Under the hood, the CLA duos will be offered with the 1.6-litre and the zippier 2.0-litre 4-cylinder petrol engines, carried from the range-topping CLA 45. For the performance seekers, these engines are available in 7 different power outputs, ranging from 121 bhp to 380 bhp. As for people who love dynamics that support cruising and also the punch of turbo, there is a diesel line-up that includes a 1.5-litre 4-cylinder unit producing 108 bhp and the 2.0-litre engine available in two state of tunes: 136 bhp and 178 bhp, respectively.

The cars will go on sale in Europe in the 2nd quarter and in US in the 3rd quarter, but we are expecting the Indian wing to release them by the end of this year or early 2017. This could be part of the 12 new launches that Mercedes India has planned.

When launched, the CLA Class will be pitted against the upcoming Audi A3 facelift, while BMW is also preparing to counter them with its new 1-series sedan, the concept of which was showcased at the China Auto Show.

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