Mercedes-Benz debuts redesigned CLA Coupe at 2016 New York Auto Show

Article by Christian A., on March 18, 2016

Mercedes-Benz will officially be unveiling the redesigned 4-door CLA Coupe on March 23 at the 2016 New York International Auto Show. Though the CLA already has an emotional and sporty design, this is enhanced even further using the front and the rear bumpers plus the light-alloy wheel designs. Even the interior has received some improvements like the chrome-plated controls, the new seat covers, and even trim parts.

The comfort and safety of the 2017 CLA have been enhanced through the HANDS-FREE ACCESS, LED High Performance headlamps, with the additional options of incorporating smartphones to its control systems.

CLA is already known to lead its segment when it comes to safety and this is enhanced further with the Active Brake Assist. Having the HANDS-FREE ACCESS as an option for convenience strengthens that lead. In addition to having a more dynamic style, the Mercedes-AMG CLA45 had its interior updated. With a 375 hp top performance and 350 lb.-ft. of maximum torque, it is one of the most powerful in its class.

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA will arrive in various dealerships across the US within the third quarter of 2016.

CLA models have long been equipped with the latest in safety and assistance systems. These include systems that the company is starting to include in its other model series. An example of this is the Active Brake Assist, which was then known as COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS.

What this does is to activate independent braking in order to lower the danger of experiencing rear-end collisions. It also has a transmission model selection function known as the DYNAMIC SELECT.

As a result, the system can change the characteristic of the vehicle at the touch of a button as it can modify the steering feel, engine, and even its transmission. It also includes an ambient lighting system that can be customized to set any of its 12-color moods.

Available as an option for the CLA is the LED High Performance headlamps. Compared to the standard xenon headlamps, the color temperature on its headlamps is nearer to daylight. As a result, it is more relaxing to the eyes and provides the driver at night with some relief. The 34-watt LED low-beam headlamps have an energy consumption that is 60% less when compared to xenon and as much as 70% lower than that of halogen.

Though the main-beam headlamps utilize LED refection technology, the low-beam headlamps instead use LED projection technology. The daytime running lamps, position lights, and direction indicators, are shaped as multifunctional fiber-optic cables.

All of these are used on the 'Coming Home' function. Since every light manages to utilize LED, there is no need to change any of the bulbs during the vehicle’s lifetime. Though optional, the LED High Performance headlamps are mixed with the automatic intensity control tail lights to lower the so-called dazzling effect to the vehicles just behind it. The multi-level functionality further controls how bright the brake lights are with direction indicators in there showing three stages (Day/Night-time driving/Night-time stationary).

A HANDS-FREE ACCESS option helps loading items easier. In order to open the tailgate or the trunk lid, no actual physical contact is needed. All that’s needed to be done is to move one’s foot somewhere in the rear bumper. This particular system is now being offered as part of the Premium Package.

Another cool option is the Smartphone Integration Package. What this does is it allows the voice-operated control of iPhones to be integrated with the Apple CarPlay. It also offers the same feature for Android smartphones and Android Auto.

Certain functions can be activated through the vehicle controls which help with safety even when driving. For the U.S. market, its standard equipment includes the Rear View Camera. The drive system meanwhile is both dynamic and efficient.

Exterior Design

In order to start the modifications, the designers at Mercedes-Benz made sure to start by improving on the CLA’s already unique look. As a result, all of the models will have a front bumper with either a black, chrome, or silver trim strip.

For the rear bumper meanwhile, there is the option to have a panel that integrates a trim strip just between its tailpipes. The trim strip can come in chrome or under the Nigh Package, in black. The same trim panels on the tailpipes can even be incorporated to its bumper.

This gives the CLA an extra visual width and the narrow gaps on the area where the panels join make sure that it gives a superior high-quality appearance. The company is also offering a new metallic paint named Lunar Blue. The wheels have been redesigned as well giving customers a choice of six different wheels for the CLA250.

Interior Design

The interior features a slimmer display, new trim parts, and chrome-plated controls. As mentioned earlier, the interior manages to take advantage of its new trim parts and seat covers, and even the chrome-plate controls. The highlight of the interior though would have to be its freestanding 8-inch media display and its new glass cover.

This is however a standard feature for the U.S. version. The use of the red needles and new-style dials found on the instrument cluster allows ease in reading the instruments. It has a silver chrome finish and it is clear that painstaking attention to detail was made.

The same can be said for the controls, its fascia, and the switches for the electrically adjustable seats located on the doors. The meticulous attention to detail is also evident in the chrome surround and the stowage compartment located in the center console.

In addition, it features two trim elements that make the interior livelier. The first is the aluminum with honeycomb grain. The second, which is optional with the Sport Package Plus, has a matt black ash wood, sail-look finish, and black DINAMICA microfiber trim.

A wide range of seat covers is available as well and is optional in the Interior Package that offers a leather upholstery option in either black or beige.


The CLA250 is powered by a four-cylinder engine that gives a 208 hp output and is paired with the 7G-DCT. The CLA250 can be availed as a front-wheel drive or as the optional 4MATIC.

Press Release

The new 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA

The sporty, expressive design of the CLA is now further honed in a facelift involving new front and rear bumpers as well as new light-alloy wheel designs. The interior also benefits from numerous enhancements, among them new seat covers and trim parts, as well as chrome-plated controls. LED High Performance headlamps, HANDS-FREE ACCESS and further possibilities for integrating smartphones into the control system are all options that serve to enhance safety and comfort.

The addition of Active Brake Assist as a standard feature further strengthens the CLA's credentials as a leader in its class, as does HANDS-FREE ACCESS as an optional convenience feature. The Mercedes-AMG CLA45 now features even more dynamic styling and a further upgraded interior. With a peak performance of 375 hp and maximum torque of 350 lb-ft, it is amongst the most powerful vehicles in its segment.

The facelifted version of the CLA 4-door Coupe will make its physical debut at the New York International Auto Show on March 23rd. The 2017 CLA will be available in US- dealerships in the third quarter of 2016.

In undertaking the facelift modifications, the Mercedes-Benz designers have subtly honed the distinctive look of the CLA. All models now have a new front bumper with a silver, black or chrome trim strip. The rear bumper is optionally available with a panel incorporating a trim strip in chrome or black (Night Package) between the tailpipes. The tailpipe trim panels themselves are now integrated flush into the bumper. This adds visual width to the vehicle and ensures a superior high-quality appearance thanks to even and narrow gaps where the panels join.

There is a new metallic paint available, Lunar Blue. Most of the available wheels now feature a new design – overall, six different wheels are available to chose from for the CLA250. The CLA previously included the latest generation of assistance and safetysystems that are, in some cases, only now gradually being introduced in the other model series. Among these are Active Brake Assist as standard (known until now as COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS), which is able to trigger autonomous braking as a means of reducing the danger of rear-end collisions, as well as the transmission mode selection function DYNAMIC SELECT. With this system the vehicle characteristics can be adjusted at the touch of a button, as the system modifies the engine, transmission and steering feel. The ambient lighting system, which can be individualized by setting any one of twelve color moods, has been part of the specification since the start.

The interior: slimmer display, new trim parts, chrome-plated controls

The interior also benefits from features such as new seat covers and trim parts, as well as chrome-plated controls. The highlight here is a much slimmer-looking freestanding 8-inch media display with a new-style glass cover, standard equipment in the US. The new-style dials and red needles in the instrument cluster make it easier to read the instruments.

Meticulous attention to detail is also evident from the silver chrome finish to the controls and to the fascia and switches in the doors for the electrically adjustable seats, as well as from the chrome surround to the stowage compartment in the center console.

New trim elements in sail-look finish, matt black ash wood, black DINAMICA microfiber trim (optional in conjunction with the Sport Package Plus) or aluminum with honeycomb grain, serve to liven up the interior. There is also a revised range of seat covers: for the optionally available Interior Package there is a new leather upholstery option in beige/black.

The equipment features: LED High Performance headlamps as an option

The CLA is optionally available with LED High Performance headlamps with a color temperature that is closer to that of daylight than traditional xenon headlamps. This is more restful to the eyes and therefore provides relief to the driver at night. The 34-watt LED low-beam headlamps also have very low energy consumption – around 60 percent less than xenon and around 70 percent less than halogen.

The low-beam headlamps use LED projection technology, while the main-beam headlamps use LED reflection technology. Direction indicators, daytime running lamps and position lights are in the form of multifunctional fiber-optic cables, which are also used for the 'Coming Home' function. As all lights use LED technology, there is never a need to change a bulb over the entire service life of the vehicle.

The new optional LED High Performance headlamps are combined with automatic intensity control tail lights, which reduce the dazzling effect for vehicles following. The multi-level functionality regulates the brightness of the brake lights and direction indicators in three stages (Day/Night-time driving/Night-time stationary).

Loading becomes easier with the HANDS-FREE ACCESS option. This system allows the trunk lid or tailgate to be opened without any physical contact; all it takes is a motion of the foot in the area of the rear bumper. HANDS-FREE ACCESS is now included as part of the Premium Package.

The optionally-available Smartphone Integration Package allows the integration and voice-operated control of iPhones® and Android smartphones via Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ respectively. Selected functions can be operated using vehicle controls, thus allowing safe use even while on the move.

A Rear View Camera is now included in the standard equipment for the United States.

Drive system: Efficient and dynamic

The four-cylinder engine in the CLA250 delivers an output of 208 hp and is paired as standard with the 7G-DCT. It is available in both front-wheel drive or with optional 4MATIC.

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