Mercedes-Benz has elevated hopes for its imminent compact CLA sedan. Based on the brand’s new front-wheel-drive podium, it is a close relative of the third-generation A-class. The CLA’s looks aren’t a giant revelation, as it was previewed by the Concept Style Coupé, our spy photographers shatter a few shots of an unconcealed CLA earlier in the year, and AMG position pictures on its Facebook page of a secret CLA45 AMG earlier this month.
But here is the real obsession after these photos hit AutoMonthly—and moderator from the style of the photographs; we consider these are not press shots but photos from a sales catalog for the upcoming model.
Mercedes Benz is attractive a gamble with the communicative intend of the CLA. To get some perception, we got on the phone with Gernot Bracht, who teaches haulage design in Pforzheim, Germany. His estimation of the compacted four-door is that it symbolizes a design language in Germany that’s become somewhat uncertain.
“The CLA is clearly conversant by Asian tastes, and it represents yet another leaving from the conventionally purist German advance to design,” he says. “But this is attractive a trend, and in a way the CLA reminds me of Opel’s approach with the new Adam.” Bracht does not buy into Benz’s suggestion that the CLA is a “small CLS,” saying: “The upper quality line drops down too early. It does not quite come mutually with the big trunk, which appear like an add-on.
But perhaps that’s accurately what Mercedes has tried to accomplish, believe the CLA marks a violent move down-market. In the U.S., the model objective a younger crowds than does the current schedule. As to what’s below the skin, we’ll have to wait for executive information until mid-January. We previously know that the CLA will be obtainable with 1.6- and 2.0-liter gasoline engines, as well as 1.8-liter and 2.1-liter diesel engines, all of them turbocharged and covering a wide power and presentation variety; we’re not likely to see something but the 2.0-liter and probably the 2.1-liter diesel in the U.S.
There could be an entry-level replica using a Renault-sourced 1.5-liter turbo-diesel, and then there is the CLA45 AMG with approximately 350 hp. All-wheel drive will be normal on the AMG description and possible on select other models. More information on Benz’s CLA should become obtainable in the coming weeks as the car’s as-yet-unannounced unveiling date looms.