The second-generation Mercedes CLA has been spied up close while making a pit stop to be refueled.
The front fascia is heavily camouflaged but its design will likely mimic the all-new A-Class which is currently on display in Geneva. That’s where the styling similarities end as the CLA adopts a rakish windscreen and a sporty roofline which echoes the CLS.
The CLS inspired styling continues at the rear as both models have a similar dual exhaust system and taillight design. However, a closer inspection reveals the lights are a little different on the CLA as they have a diagonal pattern for the reverse lights.
While the current CLA has been criticized for having a less than luxurious interior, designers will likely address the issue by installing a cabin that is similar to the A-Class. As a result, we can expect higher quality materials, an improved design and modern technology. Highlights will likely include a new three-spoke steering wheel, turbine-style air vents and a digital instrument that measures up to 10.25-inches.
Engine options should also carryover from the A-Class and may include a 1.33-liter four-cylinder with 163 PS (120 kW) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque. We can also expect a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder developing 224 PS (165 kW) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque.
Buyers looking for something more powerful will have a couple of options including a new AMG-tuned CLA 35 with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that develops around 300 PS (220 kW). There will also be a more powerful CLA 45 that could produce more than 400 PS (295 kW).