2020 Mercedes CLA Shows Its Sporty Silhouette Ahead Of CES

The unveiling of the 2020 Mercedes CLA is less than two weeks away and the company is trying to build anticipation by releasing a new teaser video of the sporty sedan.

Lasting just 15 seconds, the short clip gives us a glimpse of the model’s sporty silhouette which draws inspiration from the CLS. The video also provides a closer look at the car’s LED daytime running lights which have a boomerang shape.

While the teaser video isn’t very revealing, previous spy photos have effectively shown the car in production form. The front of the sedan features a single bar grille which is flanked by unique headlights which help to separate it from the similarly sized A-Class sedan. The model also has a sportier front bumper which features revised air intakes.

The unique styling continues further back as the CLA adopts a sportier roofline. While the change isn’t too dramatic, it will likely have a negative impact on rear seat headroom.

Speaking of the cabin, buyers can expect a familiar interior that features two 7-inch displays. However, higher end variants should have larger 10.25-inch displays.

Engine options will carryover from the A-Class, so we can expect a CLA 220 that features a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 188 hp (140 kW / 190 PS) and 221 lb-ft (299 Nm) of torque. The engine is connected to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission which can be paired to an optional all-wheel drive system. Given the similarities between the two models, we can expect the CLA 220 to accelerate from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in approximately 7.1 seconds.

European customers can expect a broader assortment of petrol and diesel engines, but both US and European markets should receive a hotter CLA 35. Like the Mercedes-AMG A35, the model will have a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 301 hp (225 kW / 306 PS) and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) of torque. Thanks to standard all-wheel drive and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, the hot hatch can run from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 4.7 seconds before topping out at 155 mph (250 km/h).


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  • MarketAndChurch

    Because they compete in too many markets that have different tastes. This car exists primarily because of the European market, where the top5 selling cars are all small hatchbacks(lead by the golf), and I think eight of the top10 are small cars.

  • Kagan

    Don’t be kidding, sporty haha!

  • MultiKdizzle

    Try as they might, none of these sedans can properly fake the clean lines of a coupe.

    Two too many doors.

  • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

    It may have a sporty silhouette, shame about the front-wheel drive setup.

    • Christian Wimmer

      If the higher-end models (which people who care a little more about driving may buy) get an LSD then it will actually drive ok. I own the new A250 W177 A-Class (FWD) and I came from a 2007 BMW 118i E87 5-Door (RWD). The Mercedes actually drives pretty well, and in hard corners I don’t feel any understeer at all. The BMW still drives better, but I am surprised at the fun which the A250 provides in combination with the powerful and responsive engine (no turbo lag), sport suspension (Adaptive Suspension) and the LSD for the front wheels. This is actually a fun car. I was worried about FWD, especially after driving my BMW for 11 years, but it’s not that bad. 🙂

      • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

        I have no problem in admitting that I’m old fashioned. I suppose front-wheel drive cars have got better, but its either RWD or AWD for me.

        • Christian Wimmer

          No worries, I was just adding my input. 🙂

          I thought I would miss RWD, and I do, but the FWD LSD-equipped Mercedes A250 is pretty fun. The models below the A250 (A160, A180, A200, A180d) DO NOT have LSD for the front wheels. I’ve driven an A180d and A200 and thought they drove pretty well, but I didn’t get to push them hard like I can with my car.

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