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The sporty, expressive design of the CLA is now being honed still further in a facelift involving new bumpers, a diamond radiator grille in black as standard and new light-alloy wheels. 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 new addition to the range is the efficient CLA 200 d with an output of 100 kW, and CO2 emissions from as low as 114 g/km.

The Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 4MATIC Coupé now features even more dynamic styling and a further upgraded interior. With a peak performance of 280 kW and maximum torque of 475 Nm, this AMG model is amongst the most powerful vehicle in its segment. The sporty proportions and powerful, dynamic design language, characterised by sensuously rounded contours, makes the CLA quite unmistakable.

In undertaking the facelift modifications, the Mercedes-Benz designers have subtly honed the distinctive looks of the CLA. All models now have a diamond radiator grille in black as standard, plus 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 paintwork shade, cavansite blue metallic. The range of available wheels has also been significantly extended. There is now a choice of five 45.7 cm (18-inch) light-alloy wheels, all in all, including one in a new 5-twin-spoke design in conjunction with the AMG Line. This is available in two colours (painted black or titanium grey, with a high-sheen finish).

The CLA had already previously included the latest generation of assistance and safety systems that are, in some cases, only now gradually being introduced in the other model series. Among these are, for example, 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 at the driver’s request. The ambient lighting system, which can be individualised by setting any one of twelve colour 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 20.3 cm (8-inch) media display with a new-style glass cover, an optional feature for the Audio 20 CD system. 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 centre console.

New trim elements in sail-look finish, matt black ash wood (in conjunction with Exclusive package), black DINAMICA microfibre (optional in conjunction with AMG Line) or aluminium with honeycomb grain, serve to liven up the interior. There is also a revised range of seat covers: for the Exclusive package (optional extra) there is a new leather upholstery option in sahara beige/black, while the Urban equipment line is now available with a combination of ARTICO man-made leather/Maringá fabric in crystal grey or black. Customers opting for black can choose between designs with grey or blue top stitches.

The equipment features: LED High Performance headlamps as an option

The CLA is optionally fitted with LED High Performance headlamps (standard on the CLA 250 Sport and the CLA 45). Their colour temperature is closer to that of daylight than 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 fibre-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 optional LED High Performance headlamps are combined here with tail lights with automatic intensity control. These 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 boot lid 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 KEYLESS-GO Comfort package.

A trailer coupling is now available in conjunction with the AMG Line, too. The CLA now also features a coat hook on the grab handle above each rear side window.

Pricing

CLA 200 R449,900

CLA 200 d R481,900

CLA 220 d R519,900

CLA 250 Sport 4MATIC R631,900

Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 4MATIC R832,900

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