Mercedes-Benz is all set to reveal the facelifted CLA at the 2016 New York International Auto Show on March 25 to April 3 and the revised Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake at the awards ceremony for the Laureus World Sports Awards in Berlin, Germany on April 17-18, 2016.
Both the CLA and CLA Shooting Brake feature a dynamic design language that is not only marked by rounded contours but also by their athletic proportions. In particular, the CLA Shooting Brake comes with styling elements – like its frameless windows – that give it coupe-like characteristics but with the practicality and versatility of an estate car.
Both the CLA and the CLA Shooting Brake still come with the latest assistance and safety systems, some of which are now being featured in the other model series.
One of these systems is the Active Brake Assist – also known as Collision Prevention Assist Plus – that could apply autonomous braking to reduce the risks of rear-end collisions, in conjunction with the transmission mode selection function “Dynamic Select.”
This allows drivers to adjust vehicle characteristics with a press touch of a button, with the system working to modify the engine, transmission and steering according to the driver’s will. Customers are given the power to personalize the ambient lighting system, with 12 color moods to choose from.
Customers for both the CLA and the CLA Shooting Brake could avail of the optionally available LED High Performance headlamps. Since its color temperature is closer to that of daylight than xenon headlamps, LED headlamps are more soothing to the eyes, thus providing a calming effect to the driver at night.
Moreover, these LED low-beam headlamps – with power rating of 34 watts – consume 60 percent and less energy than xenon and halogen headlamps, respectively.
Interestingly, the low-beam headlamps and the main-beam headlamps use LED projection and reflection technologies, respectively. Moreover, the vehicle’s daytime running lamps, direction indicators and position lights come in the form of multifunctional fiber-optic cables, which are likewise employed for the “Coming Home” function.
Since all of these lights employ LED technology, changing a bulb throughout the vehicle’s service life would not be necessary. On the rear, the tail lights could be combined with the optional LED High Performance headlamps with automatic intensity control, helping reduce the amount of glare and dazzle for the drivers following it.
The brightness of the brake lights and direction indicators can be regulated by the multi-level functionality in three stages – Day, Night-time driving and Night-time stationary.
Interested buyers could order the CLA and the CLA Shooting Brake starting April 2016. Both models will start arriving at dealerships in July 2016.