We recently sampled Mercedes-Benz’s newly introduced A-Class saloon, but the three-pointed star is now set to release another brand-new compact four-door in the form of its second-generation CLA.
The swoopy newcomer is set to be revealed this week at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, but Mercedes has already whetted appetites via a teaser video of the revamped CLA on its Facebook page.
The short film shows off the stylish four-door coupe’s striking new design language, giving close-ups of the headlamps, tail lights and dashboard. Although the car’s overall profile remains under wraps for now, it’s believed its tapered silhouette will mimic that of the latest CLS.
Mercedes fared relatively well with the first-gen CLA, selling 130,000 units in the US alone over the past six years. However, the second-gen model will have to fend off in-house competition from the newly introduced A-Class saloon, with which it shares its MFA2 platform.
Although no specs or details are as yet to hand, it’s believed the new CLA will be longer than the A-Class saloon, so it should serve up generous levels of rear-seat space. Its longer wheelbase should also make for a more elegant profile and better ride quality than its sibling.
Front passengers also benefit as the CLA is said to boast better materials and finishes than the A-Class. The Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) infotainment system has also evolved since its introduction in the A-Class.
Engine choices in the CLA are expected to kick off with a 188bhp 2.0-litre turbo four, while buyers with fatter wallets will have two AMG models to choose from – the CLA 35 will dish out a 302bhp wallop, while the full-fat CLA 45 is expected to kick out 415bhp. This massive grunt will be relayed to the tarmac by a new four-wheel-drive setup with an electronically controlled drift mode.