The second generation CLA debuted in 2019, and now is the time for a planned update. The car is built on a front-wheel drive platform from the A-class, so the facelift was carried out according to a similar recipe. By the way, in the same way, following the A-class, the previous generation of CLA was updated seven years ago.
LED headlights are now “in the base”, and their content has been slightly changed. However, the easiest way to recognize the updated CLA is by the radiator grille with the patterns in the form of Mercedes stars and by the enlarged air intakes in the front bumper. Two new blue shades have been added to the range, one of which, Hyper Blue, will be exclusive to the CLA. The rest of the set of changes is pretty much the same as the facelifted A- and B-Class introduced a few months earlier.
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The 10.25-inch touchscreen MBUX infotainment system is available as standard in combination with a rear view camera. Another USB-C connector appeared on the central tunnel, and all ports are now backlit. The digital “tidy” for simple versions is still 7-inch, a scheme with two displays with a diagonal of 10.25 inches is available for a fee. The AMG package includes a new steering wheel with twin horizontal spokes, like the older models. The optional Burmester audio system now supports Dolby Atmos surround sound technology.
The basic versions of the CLA 180 (136 hp, 230 Nm) and CLA 200 (163 hp, 270 Nm), equipped with a 1.3-liter petrol turbo engine, are now only available with front-wheel drive and a 7-band “robot” Two-liter petrol modifications CLA 220 (190 hp, 300 Nm) and CLA 250 (224 hp, 350 Nm) are aggregated with an 8-speed “robot” and a 4Matic all-wheel drive system.
There will be no more diesel cars with the 4Matic system: versions CLA 180 d (116 hp, 280 Nm) CLA 200 d (150 hp, 320 Nm) and CLA 220 d (190 hp, 400 Nm) left only the front wheel drive. All models (except the CLA 45 S 4Matic+) also have a 48-volt starter-alternator that adds 10 kW (14 hp) during acceleration.
The peak output of the hybrid installation in the CLA 250 e remained the same (218 hp, 450 Nm), but both of its components received an increase in power. The 1.3 petrol turbo engine now produces 163 hp. With. and 270 Nm instead of 160 hp. With. and 250 Nm, and the power of the electric motor has been increased from 75 to 80 kW. The effective capacity of the 15.6-kilowatt traction battery has been increased, thanks to which the range on electric traction can reach 82 km (80 km for the station wagon). The battery now supports 22 kW three-phase charging.
The “heated” version of the CLA 35 (306 hp, 400 Nm), minus the hybrid “makeweight”, has not changed, but the Germans abandoned the 387-horsepower CLA 45 without the “S” prefix. But for the charged CLA 45 S 4Matic + (421 hp, 500 Nm), a new special version of the AMG Street Style Edition with a gray matte color and red decor will become available (of course, the A 45 S has exactly the same).
Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S 4Matic+ AMG Street Style Edition
At the same time, new black wheels appeared in the AMG version configurator. Interior trim with a combination of Artico faux leather and Dinamica suede fabric is now available in brown, leatherette interior can be ordered in a gray-black palette, and genuine leather in red-black. Another innovation is decorative inserts made of linden.
If the Germans have already abandoned the new A-Class and B-Class (cheap models spoil the brand’s image and generate losses), then the prospects for CLA are much brighter: the third generation of the model is scheduled for 2024, which will become the first Mercedes on the MMA modular platform .