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The successor to Mercedes-Benz’s first front-drive compact for America, the 2020
4MATIC, is finally here. And – no surprise here – it looks like a scaled-down
. If you’ve looked at the big CLS, you’ve pretty much seen the CLA. It has the same low nose and roofline, although the CLA’s relatively larger taillights make the back look less heavy. The overhangs are smaller and everything looks more taut. The twin power bulges in the hood hark back to the 300SL Gullwing
. Whether you prefer the CLS or the CLA, one thing is undeniable: The new CLA looks far better than
There are a number of appealing mechanical changes compared to the similar A-Class. The engine is a version of the 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 in the A-Class and the old
. This version makes 221 horsepower, a 13-horse increase over the predecessor, and 33 more than in the A-Class. Torque matches the old model, and exceeds the A-Class by 37 pound-feet.
The new CLA-Class will available with either front-or all-wheel-drive, and both come with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Considering the engine’s increased power,
. While the A-Class only gets multilink rear suspension on the all-wheel-drive model (
), all CLA-Class models will have multilink rear suspension.
also notes that handling should be further improved over the old CLA-Class thanks to a lower center of gravity and front and rear tracks that are wider by 2.5 and 2.2 inches respectively.
The new CLA-Class’s interior appears to be lifted right out of the A-Class, with two free-standing, monolithic screens for instrumentation and infotainment. This is a good thing, because we’re unanimous in our opinion that
. The dashboard is fairly low, and the air vents are the flashy round metallic units used on most other models. The whole interior can also be bathed in myriad ambient lighting colors when properly equipped. Standard on both cars are 7-inch instrument and infotainment screens with 10.23-inch screens available as an option. Other options include a slew of driver assist systems from the top-rung
such as active adaptive cruise control, lane-change assist, steering assist and parking assist. It also comes with MBUX, standard – you can read
Pricing hasn’t been announced yet, but it should be announced closer to when the car goes on sale toward the end of 2019. The current model starts at $34,095, and we expect the new one will be at least as much, and probably a little more, and it’ll be above the A-Class (which hasn’t been priced yet, either). One final note, the Edition 1 model shown in the photos is not currently planned for sale in the U.S.
from Autoblog http://bit.ly/2Rg1I3N