The German automaker is continuing the renewal of its compact range and following the recent facelift of the A Class it’s time for a renewal of the CLA and CLA Shooting Brake derivatives as well.
The models feature only modest revisions, making them instantly recognizable (that may not bode well with all fans expecting a fresher design) and the changes include the addition of new bumpers, a modified diamond grille as well as new 18-inch alloy wheels. The models now also have flush-mounted tailpipes and a refreshed color palette that now also adds Cavansite Blue Metallic (Lunar Blue in the United States). Additionally, there are also new options such as LED High Performance headlights, which have a closer to daylight color temperature than regular xenon headlights. The cabin has also been restyled with engineers and designers opting for a refreshed upholstery and an updated infotainment system with an 8-inch display. There’s also more chrome trim, a modified instrument cluster as well as new trim options that include matte black ash wood and aluminum with a honeycomb grain among others.
European versions can be selected with a wide array of engines including a 1.5-liter four-cylinder diesel with 109 horsepower and a 2.1-liter four-cylinder diesel delivering either 136 hp or 177 hp. Gasoline fans can have a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with 122 hp and 156 hp or a beefier 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that can be had in 184 hp, 211 hp, 218 hp, and 381 hp versions. US customers meanwhile only get two: CLA 250 with 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine packing 208 hp and 258 pound-feet of torque, or the Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 packing an updated 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 375 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. The regular CLA will feature its debut during the New York Auto Show this month and the CLA Shooting Brake is coming to the Laureus World Sports Awards in Berlin this April. Deliveries will kick off in July in Germany, with the US introduction scheduled for the third quarter of the year.