2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class/AMG CL45 revealed
Debuting in New York, the 2017 Mercedes Benz CLA250 and CLA250 4Matic Sedans along with the more-potent Mercedes-AMG CLA45 have undergone a mid-cycle update that brings bolder styling and an expanded roster of standard and optional features.
Whether front- or all-wheel drive, all versions 2017 CLA-Class family feature new and slightly more aggressive nose and tail treatments that are highlighted by silver, black or chrome accents up front and flush-mounted exhaust outlets in the rear bumper. Redesigned wheels also add a touch of flash.
New LED lighting
Full LED headlamps are now optional on the CLA250 and 4Matic and standard on the CLA45, replacing the bi-xenon units used in 2016. The High Performance LED lights also bring new automatic intensity control taillamps that modify their behavior to minimize dazzle for following vehicles. As before, both CLA250 Sedan variants can be had with an AMG Sport Package which boast CLA45-style cosmetic touches as well as an 18-inch wheel/tire combo.
Inside, the CLA’s cabin has a more sophisticated flavor thanks to upgraded trim, chrome finished controls, revised upholstery – including a new two-tone leather option – new instrument graphics and a new freestanding 8.0-inch central media display screen.
AMG CLA45 edgier
The 2017 Mercedes-AMG CL45 4Matic ratchets all of the above up a notch. Beyond its new LED headlamps, the nose has a new AMG-designed splitter and side flics that help lower the coefficient of drag and improve aero stability. This is set off with a twin-louver radiator grille insert finished in silver chrome. The rear gets a revised decklid spoiler and lower diffuser. An AMG Aerodynamics package is offered and the new 18-inch wheels wrapped in 235/40 rubber can be replaced by optional 19-inch wheels with 235/35 tires.
While interior design changes to the CLA45 parallel those found on the CLA250 and CLA250 4Matic, AMG-specific touches set it apart. The most notable tweaks involve red topstitching and new matte-finish accents. A new AMG Dinamica Interior Package also is on offer.
No changes have been made to the powertrain elements in any 2017 CLA-Class. The CLA250 and CLA250 4Matic carry on with a 208-horsepower version of the 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder backed by a 7-speed 7G Tronic DCT automatic while the CLA45 gets a 375-horse AMG version of the engine backed by an AMG-spec 7G DCT Speedshift cog changer. All versions of the new CLA-Class can be had with optional Adaptive Suspension although only the CLA45 also offers the AMG Dynamic Plus Package that has AMG Ride Control suspension with adaptive damping, Race mode, a limited-slip front differential and bumps the top speed from 155 to 167 mph.
New safety and convenience features
All U.S. bound CLA-Class models will come with a new rearview camera as well as Active Brake Assist, a feature previously known as Collision Prevention Assist Plus. A new Hands-Free Access feature included in the Premium Package allows the trunk to be opened with a foot gesture while an optional Smartphone Integration Package includes Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 and CLA250 4Matic as well as the Mercedes-AMG CLA45 are slated to hit showrooms in the third quarter. Pricing will be announced closer to the on-sale date.
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