It was just 3 years ago that Mercedes CLA made its debut at the Detroit Auto Show and the model is already successful as more than 100,000 units have been sold out in the 1st year of production. Following up this success story is the new 2017 Mercedes CLA. Mercedes seem to have used wise intuition by not wasting any time for a facelift to this model as the 2017 CLA has been restyled.
This new model brings in a decent list of updates, especially in style and design which has been presented both inside out. There are some technology improvements as well.
2017 Mercedes CLA: Engine and Performance
Under the hood of this new 2017 Mercedes CLA is turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 cylinder engine that produces 258 lb-ft of torque and 208 HP. This engine powers CLA250 model with either front wheel drive or 4Matic all-wheel drive. The designers have also used 7 speed 7G DCT transmission system as standard for all CLA models.
With this engine, 0 to 60 mph sprint is achieved in 6.9 seconds with front-wheel drive while with power on all wheels it hits 60 mph in 6.8 seconds.
If you power furious, the CLA45 raises performance to the next level with power capability of 375 hp and torque of 350 lb-ft. It comes with performance suspension and standard all-wheel drive and with that it can hit 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds.
The best solution on the fuel economy front is front-wheel drive CLA250 version which returns 26 mpg city, 38 mpg on highways and 30 mpg combined. With 4Matic all-wheel drive it comes with lower ratings 24 mpg city, 33 mpg highway and combined 27 mpg.
With CLA45 it earns 23 mpg city, 31 mpg freeway and 26 combined.
2017 Mercedes CLA: Exterior body and Changes
The exterior design hasn’t changed much in this new 2017 Mercedes CLA. Up front, there is a stylish grille with diamond-like highlights infused in a black background.
The lower part of its front fascia has been completely redesigned as the corner vents have been recessed. Muscular lines are present in the hood which characterises its aggressiveness. Mercedes’ newest design language has been incorporated into this model.
There’s not much change over its side body, but the doors have got some stylistic approach. New lightweight aluminum alloy wheels of 18 inches have been used. Some minimalistic changes have also taken place in its rear fascia as the rear bumper is new. The taillight’s layout has also been changed.
Interior of 2017 CLA
Notable changes have taken in the interior cabin as well. To note out, a silver chrome finish has been laid out in the steering wheel, dashboard, bezel trims, centre stack and door switches.
New dials have been presented in the instrument cluster which seems to be much easier to read. An 8-inch touchscreen display has been presented this time around. The COMAND infotainment system assistance provides smartphone integration which includes Apple Car Play and Android Auto. New seat covers have also be provided.
For the safety purposes the CLA offers standard rearview camera as well as Attention Assist system and Collision Prevention Assist. Safety options cover blind-zone monitoring, parking sensors and assist, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, etc.
2017 Mercedes CLA: Price, Availability
This 2017 Mercedes CLA costs in and around $33,000 for it base version. This model is already out and available in various markets.