Updated looks, improved spec and a more powerful diesel headline the facelifted CLA range.
Mercedes-Benz has introduced the facelifted version of their small four-door coupé range in dealerships nationwide with prices starting at $52,500 for the CLA 200 coupé and $54,000 for the CLA 200 Shooting Brake wagon.
Though this is its mid-life cycle facelift, casual observers might have to squint hard to find the subtle changes done to the CLA pair as the only exterior changes amounts to its elegant new front and rear bumpers, along with the mesmerising diamond radiator grille which is now a standard fitment.
While the CLA duo weren’t really in desperate need of alterations to its looks in the first place, Mercedes-Benz has stepped up the level of features on offer across its range. Both entry-level CLA 200 and CLA 200 Shooting Brake variants will come with LED fixed headlights, DAB+ digital radio, Dynamic Select driving modes, and ambient lighting as standard.
Adding to that, the Shooting Brake range will now come fitted with the Keyless-Go comfort package, which comprises of Hands-Free Access tailgate operation, Keyless-Go keyless entry and ignition, and Easy-Pack electric tailgate.
The CLA 250 Sport 4MATIC coupé and Shooting Brake stands out with extra equipment such as 18-inch AMG wheels, AMG Ride Control sports suspension, panoramic glass roof, sports seats, fully electric and heated front seats, and Adaptive Highbeam Assist as before. So too will the Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 4MATIC sport similar appointments as before with its 19-inch AMG wheels, AMG Driver’s package, AMG performance exhaust, AMG high-performance braking, AMG Performance seats, and Comand online navigation with Harmon Kardon surround sound system aboard both the coupé and Shooting Brake wagon versions.
In terms of powertrain options, the CLA 200 d variant in both coupé and Shooting Brake body styles has been replaced with the CLA 220 d variant. Under the CLA 220 d’s hood is a similar 2.1-litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine that produces 130kW and 350Nm of torque, 30kW and 50Nm more than what the CLA 200 d had, whilst retaining its fuel consumption boast of 4.2L/100km for the coupé and 4.3L/100km for the Shooting Brake.
Aside from the change in its sole diesel offering, the rest of the petrol engine range remains unchanged, with the CLA 200 being powered by a 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbocharged unit producing 115kW and 250Nm of torque, the four-wheel drive CLA 250 Sport 4MATIC sporting a 160kW/350Nm 2-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine, and the CLA 45 4MATIC packing its AMG-built 2-litre four-cylinder turbocharged powerplant with 280kW/475Nm on tap.
All engine variants of the CLA coupé and Shooting Brake will come paired with Mercedes-Benz’s 7-speed 7G-DCT dual-clutch, with the CLA 45 variants sporting the AMG Speedshift 7-speed dual-clutch.
As for safety, the CLA coupé and Shooting Brake range comes fully equipped with nine airbags, Active Brake Assist, Blind Spot Assist, Pre-Safe collision anticipatory system, Parking Pilot, Attention Assist drowsiness detection system, and an Active Bonnet for pedestrian safety.
The range-topping CLA 45 on the other hand makes do with extra standard features such as Distance Pilot Distronic and Lane Keeping Assist.
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