2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA Grows Into The Mini-CLS It Always Aspired To Be

An Australian news outlet broke the embargo for the all-new Mercedes-Benz CLA, giving us an early look at the new compact four-door coupe.

Scheduled to be officially revealed at CES later today, the second-generation CLA has “evolution” written all over it. Mercedes‘ designers decided not to mess with a recipe that worked well, so they focused on improving the previous model’s looks inside and out. And boy did they improve them.

From the outside, the car looks sleeker thanks to the elongated silhouette (the 2020 CLA is longer and has a stretched wheelbase) as well as the sharper LED headlights and taillights — the latter look like mini-me versions of the CLS’ taillamps. The CLA is 48mm (1.89in) longer, 53mm (2.08in) wider, and 2mm (0.07in) lower than the previous generation model, according to Australian website Redline (link deleted) picked up by Jalopnik.

The bigger footprint translates into much-needed improved rear passenger space, including more leg, shoulder and elbow room. Styling-wise, the interior is a huge step forward as the CLA is identical to the new A-Class, including the twin-screen MBUX infotainment system.

The CLA doesn’t just look smarter; it is also smarter to drive thanks to new driver assistance features that include emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control.

The car that will be on display at CES is the CLA 250, which is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that makes 221 hp (224 PS) and 258 lb-ft (349 Nm) of torque. Obviously, other powertrains will be available when the CLA goes on sale later this year, with availability depending on the market.

The engines will come with manual and automatic transmissions, in front- and all-wheel-drive configurations. Whether a manual gearbox will be available in the United States is something we’ll probably learn later today during the car’s official world premiere.

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  • Dude

    That interior is nearly perfect

    • StrangerGP

      Depends on your taste. If you like huge tablets and ambient lightning everywhere then it is, many people don’t.

    • Bo Hanan

      It looks like a video arcade machine.

  • Viral

    It’s very cute.

  • Christian Wimmer

    Looks better than expected, but I think the A-Class Sedan does looks sharper. I have to wait until I see it in person. The interior looks good, similar to that of the A-Class… but… at least the digital speedometers are different! 😀

    • driv3r

      Its already featuring the advanced MBUX of the GLE (V167) compared to the A-Class hatch and sedan (W/V/Z177).


    With horrendous taillights as usual

  • JeyD

    FWD bug with huge front overhang… No thanks.
    I’ll take the upcoming RWD based CT4 over this anyday.

  • salamOOn

    i would love to see those headlights on an A class hatch! this is a way better styled front end.

  • klowik

    CLA sedan and a bit aggressively looking CLA coupe with some minor design changes..what’s the point of making a mini CLS?? so they gonna have CLA45 on this coupe version only??

  • erly5

    Think I prefer the A-Class sedan but would like to see them side by side to compare. The extra length suits the shape better than the previous version.

  • Tinky-Winky

    Looks better than I expected from the spy shots. Still prefer the A-class design though, especially since the interiors are practically identical.

  • PK

    you’re mistaken for tesla.

  • Kagan

    blah blah

  • Dennis James

    Looks good but the wheelbase is a bit short and the fwd overhang takes its toll on the design. However, it looks like the maximum that can be attained on such a small, restrictive platform. Great job overall.

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