2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA arrives with new upgrades, same design

Article by Christian A., on September 14, 2014

Mercedes-Benz updated the CLA for the 2015MY and the first thing that caught our attention is that the CLA 220 CDI is now more powerful. Of course, it is not a big number, only 5 kw for a total of 130 kW or 177 hp and 350 Nm of torque, but us enough to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 8.2 seconds, with a top speed limited at 232 km/h or 144 mph.

Fuel consumption of this model is 4.0 l/100 km, while CO2 emissions are 104 g/km. Moreover, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA 180 CDI has CO2 emissions of just 99 g/km. Other equipment and appointments for 2015MY CLA include a new option available for the sports models: the AMG 19-inch multi-spoke light-alloy wheels are available painted black and with high-sheen finish.

The interior is now available with an updated ambient lightning system that offers 12 colour schemes, while the trim is available in a satin-finish light brown poplar wood variant. Also for the interior there is a new optional 8-inch screen, while the Convenience Telephony is now able to connect in to high-speed LTE networks.

The Media Interface is offered as standard and allows the driver to connect Apple devices using the “Apple Lightning” interface. Keyless-Go is available as an option too and allows the driver to open, start and lock the vehicle just my carrying the electronic key.

When it comes to safety, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA is available with Collision Prevention Assist Plus system that extends the function of Collision Prevention Assist with the addition of autonomous partial braking.

According to Mercedes-Benz, the autonomous partial braking is able to reduce the risk of rear-end collisions. Furthermore, the Attention Assist system was upgraded and now operates between 60 and 200 km/h (37-124 mph) and uses a five-stage display to visualize the driver’s current attention level.

The new 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA reveals a strong dynamic design idiom with those magnificent athletic proportions. In addition, there is that interplay between the convex and concave surfaces. All of these give this four-door coupé that easily identifiable appearance. On a design level, the CLA has various details that show further development of the Mercedes-Benz CLS, a truly modern classic.

Looked at from the sides, the three prominent lines are what gives this model structure. There is that front structural edge over the wings which then flow to the rear section through a characteristic dropping line. The second is a more sinewy line which goes across the shoulder muscle on top of the rear axle. Meanwhile, the third feature line is one that stretches in a sweeping curve beginning in the front wheel going to the rear.

These three lines give the side profile dynamism and depth. Moving to the front, the most striking feature of this area is the diamond radiator grille and the bonnet having powerdomes fitted to it.

At the back of the headlamp cover glass are light modules and LEDs that have been positioned in a way that it gives the indicators and daytime driving lights that distinctive “flare effect.” This particular light signet not only defines the energetic look of this model but also shapes the new face of Mercedes.

Press Release

New features for model year 2015: The CLA is now even more attractive

The technical features, appointments and available options for the CLA are all being refined for the 2015 model year. The most important changes at a glance.

Safety: COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS extends the functions of COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST with the addition of autonomous partial braking, which helps to reduce the risk of rear-end collisions. If a driver fails to act when the risk of a collision is detected, despite the warning light in the instrument cluster and the intermittent audible alert, the system will automatically trigger partial braking.

The standard-specification ATTENTION ASSIST system has been similarly upgraded: operating within an extended speed range (60 - 200 km/h), this now uses a five-stage bar display to visualise the driver's current attention level. Traffic Sign Assist will in future recognise more traffic signs, can recognise speed limits, no-overtaking restrictions and the lifting of such restrictions, and will also alert any driver attempting to drive onto a road in the wrong direction, for example when joining a motorway.

Comfort: One of the new optional extras is KEYLESS-GO. This access and drive authorisation system makes it possible to open, start and lock the vehicle just by carrying the electronic key on one's person. It includes the KEYLESS-GO starting function too, which is also available separately.

Infotainment: The new generation of telematics offers even more intuitive controls as well as a very immediate way of experiencing the various functions by means of animated menus and visual representations on the head unit display. The free-standing display is now available as an option with a screen diagonal of 20.3 cm (8 inches), an inch more than hitherto.

The "Mercedes connect me" standard services are provided as part of the basic specification and can be enhanced through the addition of further options. Convenience Telephony is now also able to connect in to high-speed LTE networks. The Media Interface, now a standard feature, also allows the connection of Apple® devices using the "Apple Lightning" interface.

Ambience: The ambient lighting system now offers twelve colour schemes that can be selected to suit taste and mood, so helping to conjure an individual atmosphere in the interior. The trim is now also available in a satin-finish light brown poplar wood variant.

Equipment and appointments: a new option available for the sports models is that of AMG 19-inch multi-spoke light-alloy wheels, painted black and with a high-sheen finish.
Output: The CLA 220 CDI comes now with an extra 5 kW. Its current data: 130 kW (177 hp), 350 Nm, 0-100 km/h in 8.2 s, 232 km/h top speed, consumption (combined) from 4.0 l/100 km, CO2 emissions from 104 g/km. A further highlight is offered by the CLA 180 CDI, which now has emissions of only 99 g CO2/km.

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