2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA and 2017 CLA Shooting Brake Redesigned
It may be based on available in Europe and come with only two different engines for the US, but the CLA-class coupe (or sedan if you like) has been a constant US success for Mercedes-Benz ever since it hit the market. And you know the saying “it it ain’t broken, don’t fix it”? Well, Mercedes-Benz certainly knows this and even after Internet preview of the redesigned version just before the live unveiling at the New York Auto Show later this month, we are struggling to see the changes.
Yes, the Germans revealed the 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA and the 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake. Quite striking cars but the midlife facelift did not bring all that much. The redesign is almost all cosmetic, which should up the game for the CLA’s market fight against crossovers. The most important novelties you should know about include new front bumper design, new wheel design and slightly redesigned rear bumper. Nothing much really. More important than a few novel lines is the slightly increased number of standard equipment compared with the 2016 Mercedes-Benz CLA-class. First of all, the black diamond grill everyone loves so much is becoming the standard for the 2017 model year. Also, tailpipe surroundings are a bit changed and Mercedes-Benz was a bit dull in describing them. They state “The tailpipe trim panels themselves are now integrated flush into the bumper. This adds visual width to the vehicle and ensures a superior high-quality appearance thanks to even and narrow gaps where the panels join.”
As for the safety, it seems that the CLA-Class received Active Brake Assist as standard. This tech is capable of autonomous braking when the driver is not applying the brakes and it works so well, that it can apply full brake power if needed. Other standard equipment includes Dynamic Select and “the ambient lighting system, which can be individualised by setting any one of twelve colour moods.”
According to some consumer reports, the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class lagged quite a bit behind its big brothers in terms of interior quality. The press release Mercedes-Benz provided us with does not go into great details about the changes, but it says that they have updated the trim parts, seat upholstery, and chrome plated even more buttons. Also, the new 8-inch infotainment display is much slimmer. The infotainment itself is updated with additional options related to smartphone connection and Internet Access (Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ included). The Instrument cluster is also new with newly designed needles and dials.
Of course, Mercedes-Benz provides a wast range of personalization options for the CLA-Class with numerous decorative trim pieces and even full LED High-Performance front lights. These apparently come instead of Xenon lights and are far closer to daylight than Xenon.
The 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class is available for orders in April, but the first deliveries are scheduled for the third quarter. As ever, three versions are available – CLA 250, CLA 250 4Matic and . The last one handles 381hp and can hit 62 mph in 4.1 seconds.