2019 Mercedes CLA Shows More Skin Than Ever, Looks Like A Proper Mini-CLS

Mercedes is putting the final touches on the second generation of the CLA, the company’s compact four-door coupe, with test cars spotted wearing significant less camouflage than previously.

In fact it’s the first time we get to see in a bit more detail the design of the new CLA which looks like it shares a lot of ques with its larger sibling, the CLS. Compared to the A-Class Sedan, the new CLA appears to be longer, both in wheelbase and body, which will better separate the two models in terms of positioning.

The new generation CLA is expected to offer a more comfortable interior than its predecessor, with rear passengers getting more room for their knees and heads. As revealed in a previous scoop, the dashboard will be shared with the rest of the A-Class lineup, including the very impressive dual-screen setup and Mercedes’ latest voice-activated assistant.

The CLA will be shortly followed by the CLA Shooting Brake, which will combine the curvy looks with a longer roofline and the practicality of a wagon. Just like the regular A-Class models, Mercedes will offer its compact four-door coupe with front-wheel drive as standard and all-wheel drive in conjunction with certain powertrains.

The engine range will include both petrol and diesel engines -at least in Europe-, which will be shared with the rest of the A-Class range. These will include the new CLA 35 AMG 4Matic, powered by a 301hp 2.0-liter turbo unit and of course the hotly anticipated CLA 45 AMG which will reportedly offer over 400hp.

With the test cars featuring so little camouflage, it’s natural to assume that Mercedes is going to reveal the new 2019 CLA in the next two months or so, with reports suggesting a world debut this January.

more photos...

Image credits: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien for CarScoops

 

  • Kagan

    it is ok for vw or hyandai but not mb.

  • Momogg

    Not bad. Better than CLS

  • Ilbirs

    For now what I liked on this new CLA are the headlights that go away from that ugly shape we’re seeing on recent models from Mercedes. This, combined to the front bumper’s shape, gave to the CLA a way more interesting face.
    The other question these pictures raise is about aerodynamics. With the A-Class Sedan the guys from Stuttgart managed to achieve a .22 drag coefficient and apparently this CLA seems to have a more favorable shape when it comes to go against the winds.

  • Too bad it’s a mini current gen CLS… 🙂

  • Joe E

    Ugh so tired of reading about MB’s bottom-feeder models. It’s like being a football fan and only reading about the third-string players.

  • OSM CHAÎNE

    Ugly

  • S3XY

    Looks extremely bland and non exciting.

  • SteersUright

    That is NO CLS. The new CLS just passed me on the highway the other night and it was stunningly beautiful and futuristic looking.

  • Philip George

    Looks exactly like the new A-Class sedan.

Mercedes-AMG GT S Driver Loses It, Hits The Sole Obstacle In Sight

When you have 730hp at your disposal, you’d better know how to handle them, or else…

Lamborghini Huracan Performante Posts 7:07.99 Lap At The ‘Ring

The unofficial run shows once again, if anyone needed proof, that the Lamborghini Huracan Performante is one impressive machine.

$90k Bespoke Land Rover Defender Pickup Is Ready For The Armageddon

The Chelsea Truck Company and Kahn Design are behind this wild project, which is for sale in the UK.

Chinese Buyers Hate New Car Smell, So Ford Wants To Eliminate It By Baking Its Cars

Much to our surprise, not everyone likes the new car smell.

2018 LA Auto Show: A-to-Z Guide To All The Product Launches

Join us for a tour of the Los Angeles Auto Show with a full guide to all the new cars.

Think All-Wheel Drive Crossovers Don’t Need Winter Tires? Think Again

A recent test shows winter tires improve traction, acceleration and braking on ice.

2019 Lexus UX Has Everything It Needs To Become A Hit In The U.S.

Lexus’ first-ever small SUV has a lot of features that’ll help it fight its premium rivals.

Volvo Stumps Us With Odd Teaser Campaign For LA Auto Show

Volvo is teasing something for LA, but we’re not entirely sure what.

2019 Mercedes-AMG G63 Combines Classic Looks And 577 HP For $147,500

Fans with smaller budgets can opt for the 2019 G 550 which has a base price of $124,500.

Cadillac Name-Drops The Escala, Is It A Hint About Production?

Previous reports have suggested the concept could go into production in 2021.