Mercedes-Benz dealerships in the U.S. will start to receive the all-new 2014 CLA-Class later this year. It had recently made its debut at the Detroit Auto Show. Its starting price has been set at under $30,000. Last Wednesday, Mercedes-Benz unveiled its full-length Super Bowl ad, with the commercial indicating the price for the all-new CLA sedan.
The CLA will arrive at dealerships in September. It will be priced from $29,900, undercutting the C-Class by over $5,000. The CLA’s styling is heavily based on the newest iteration of the original “four-door coupe,” the CLS-Class. It comes with a gently sloping roofline, swept-back taillights and flowing character lines on its sides. Mercedes said that the sleek appearance has a drag coefficient of only 0.23 Cd. In addition, the CLA is the most aerodynamic series production car ever built.
The CLA is built on Mercedes’ modular MFA front-wheel-drive architecture, which is also used to underpin the European-market A-Class hatchback and B-Class MPV. With regards to dimensions, the CLA is very similar to the C-Class sedan. Meanwhile, the C-Class’ wheelbase is 2.5 inches longer. The CLA is also longer by about 1.5 inches overall. These two are very identical when it comes to height and width. When the CLA arrives at the market this fall, it will only be offered in one form, the CLA250.
It is powered by a turbocharged and direct-injected 2.0-liter inline-four engine that was taken from Mercedes’ European engine lineup. This engine has an output of 208hp and 258 lb-ft, sending power to the front wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.
In the spring of 2014, Mercedes will put in an optional 4Matic all-wheel-drive system. It features an efficient new design particularly meant for the car company’s smaller, transversely-engined vehicles. It distributes 100% of torque to front wheels under the usual driving situations. Meanwhile, as much as 90% could be shunted to the rear wheels when additional traction is required.