The Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class is the smallest sedan in the entire Mercedes-Benz lineup. But even in spite of this fact, it continues to charm different kind of buyers particularly those who are huge fanatics of midsize and full-size German sedans and SUVs. This is partly due to its affordable status, an available fiery performance from the AMG model, commendable handling and power, and tons of features for the money. Read on for more details concerning its exterior and interior redesigns, engine specs, price, and release date.
For 2017, the new model comes with a raft of improvements that Mercedes hopes will tilt the scales to its advantage farther. Although certain concessions have been made in order to offer the CLA-Class with a price point advantage, it feels and rides like an authentic sports car. It still boasts of features such as user-friendly ergonomics, a serene cabin at speed, impeccable fuel economy ratings, and balanced performance dynamics.
For 2017, notable improvements include new-look instrument cluster gauges, new trim pieces, new chrome-plated controls, and new seat covers. It also compares heavily with the GLA crossover that is essentially a hatchback but with a higher ride height. For a strong yet economical performance, we highly suggest you test drive the 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 trim model that gets its power from a 208-horsepower – generating 2.0L four-cylinder turbocharged engine. This power also enables it zoom from 0-60 mph in just 7.0 seconds.
More power can be specified via opting for the 2017 CLA45 AMG that gets a 2.0L four-cylinder turbocharged engine able to churn out a whopping 375 horsepower. 4.1 seconds will get you from 0-60 mph. matters of power aside, the new model is enjoyable to ride although we wouldn’t suggest it for family purposes as the backseat can be quite underwhelming. The cargo volume however is surprisingly usable.
Safety has been taken a notch higher over the previous model as well. Some of the buffed up technologies include attention assist system, a collision prevention assist system, a rearview camera, parking-assist feature, adaptive cruise control, high-performance LED lights, parking sensors, and excellent exterior visibility. While the new changes and redesigns make the new model irrefutably competitive in its class, there’re other vehicles in its class that offer stiff competition.
The 2017 Audi A3 although costs in the region of 50,000 MSRP, offers plenty of desirable features that make it our top recommendation. Its full review can be found on this blog. Other competitive cars in this class include the BMW 320i, Acura TLX, and the BMW M235i.
2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Release Date & Price
Its release date is set for the spring of 2017, at least according to latest info on our news desk. An MSRP starting from $33,000 for the CLA-Class Sedan and $49,500 for the CLA-Class AMG CLA45 shouldn’t come as a surprise. More updates will follow as and when we get them from the horse’s mouth.
2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Exterior
The headlights are the only assemblies that didn’t change a bit over the previous model. The radiator grille is now black with diamond-like highlights, and the hood displays more muscular lines. The corner vents have been connected and recessed across the fascia’s width. Similar to other Mercedes models, the fascia of the CLA-Class also slopes on either side at the center to make for a smaller air dam.
The side profile didn’t change a lot as up front. It got refined side view mirrors. Down beneath, the model, as it appears got a set of eighteen-inch, thirteen-spoke wheels that add an extra dose of style to the exterior profile. According to Mercedes, the rear fascia got a totally redesigned profile, but if you ask me, it simply looks more refined than before.
2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Interior
The interior tacks on even more improvements. Most notable are perhaps the silver-chrome finished steering wheel spokes, dashboard, bezel trim, door switches, and storage area. The instrument panel and the floating 8-inch display have also been redesigned. The display, for instance, is thinner and better responding than that of the outgoing model. Furthermore, there’re additional trim elements such as aluminum, matt black ash wood, and sail-look finish.
As of this writing, buyers should expect a minimum of three trims for the 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class: AMG CLA45, CLA250, and the CLA250 4Matic.
Changes here are negligible or nonexistent. The CLA250 comes with a 208-horsepower – generating turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine, while the AMG CLA45 gets a powerful 2.0L version of the base engine able to crank out 375 horsepower. The CLA250 4Matic distinguishes itself from the base model only in terms of its AWD system architecture alone.
Wheelbase: 106.3 in
Length: 182.3 in
Width: 70 in
Passenger volume: N/A ft³
Cargo volume: 13.1 ft³
Curb weight: 3,395 lbs
Top Speed: 133 mph
0-60: 3,6 sec
MPG: 16/22 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Cirrus White, Cocoa Brown Metallic, Cosmos Black Metallic, Jupiter Red, Mountain Grey Metallic, Night Black, Northern Lights Violet Metallic, Polar Silver Metallic and designo Magno Polar Silver
Towing Capacity: N/A lbs
The government is yet to offer these crucial details concerning the CLA-Class’ crash impact safety. However, it is a well-known fact that it will come with a perfect score of five out of five stars for overall crash safety protection just like its ilk. More details will be known on its release date nonetheless.