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.