Mercedes-Benz is continuing the trend in 2016 of revealing new models at every significant International auto show. The Mercedes-Benz CLA, a model that was first launched a few years back and that effectively bridges the gap between the Mercedes-Benz A- and C-Class, is due for a facelift. The 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA and CLA Shooting Brake are debuting at the 2016 New York International Auto Show.
Highlights of the facelift include a diamond radiator grille in black as standard and new light-alloy wheels. The car’s interior is refreshed too, receiving new seat covers and trim parts as well as chrome-plated controls. New on the options list are new LED high performance headlights, hands-free access and further possibilities of smartphone integration with the car’s control system.
The engine range starts with the CLA 180 d, which produces 109 hp (80 kW) and is fitted with BlueEFFICIENCY technology that limits the CO2 emissions to 89 grams per kilometer. The top of the range is portrayed by the Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 performance model that similarly receives a styling upgrade and produces 381 hp (280 kW) and 475 Nm of torque at its peak.
A look at the exterior shows a slightly modified rear end with the tailpipe trim panels now integrated within the rear bumper, almost identical to the C-Class. Mercedes-Benz also offers two new 18-inch light-alloy wheel choices in conjunction with the AMG design line.
The interior get’s slimmer displays in addition to the updated trim parts and chrome-plating of switches and buttons. Included with the new trims are the black DINAMICA microfibre (optional in conjunction with AMG Line) or aluminium with honeycomb grain styling packages.
Tech highlights include the latest generation of safety and assistance systems that we know from other Mercedes-Benz models, including the active brake assist and DYNAMIC SELECT. Loading the boot goes smoother with the hands-free access option, a system that requires ones foot to sweep under the rear bumper to lift the tailgate electronically. Another practical addition is the fact that a trailer hook can now be combined with the AMG styling package.
While the 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA saloon makes its official debut at the NYIAS later this month, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake will be officially launched during the awards ceremony of the Laureus World Sports Awards in Berlin during the 17th and 18th of April 2016. Both models are expected to arrive at local dealerships in July 2016.