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Mercedes revises its CLA range

Both the coupe and Shooting Brake models of Merc's A-Class-based CLA benefit from a new look inside and out, as well as an expanded engine range

  • New look inside and out for CLA saloon and Shooting Brake
  • Unveiled at New York Auto Show next week
  • On sale in April, with first deliveries in July
Mercedes has unveiled a revised version of the CLA, which will be launched at the New York Auto Show next week.
The changes apply to both models of the CLA, the 'coupe' (which is actually a rival for the likes of the Audi A3 saloon) and the Shooting Brake, which is a sort of halfway house between a regular hatchback and a small estate. The most obvious revisions are to the front end of the car, which features a new bumper (with a silver, black or chrome trim strip) and a black diamond radiator grille, while at the rear the exhaust trim panels sit flush with the bumper. At the same time, the cabin benefits from new trim and materials, as well as chrome-plated controls and new dials; the seats are covered in new trims; the display for the infotainment system is slimmer; and, both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now available, improving the cars’ connectivity.
2016 Mercedes CLA
2016 Mercedes CLA
The engine range has also been updated, with the most economical option being the new 180d. Available only with a manual transmission, it averages more than 80mpg and emits just 89g/km in the saloon. Also new is the four-cylinder 220 petrol, which comes with four-wheel drive, while the 180 is now available in the Shooting Brake as well as the saloon.
At the top of the range, the Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 models are the high-performance options, with their own bespoke, sporty look on top of the facelift that applies across the range. Their four-cylinder engine develops 376bhp and is enough to get both versions to 60mph in just over four seconds. Order books for the revised cars open in April, and first deliveries are expected in July. There’s no word yet on how much the new CLA will cost, but we don’t expect much change over the current prices, suggesting that the saloon will start at around £25,000, some £1000 less than the Shooting Brake.

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