New Mercedes CLA Coupe Is More Baby-CLS And Sportier Than Ever

Mercedes has officially revealed the all-new CLA Coupe at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas as promised through a series of teasers.

The new compact four-door coupe measures 4688mm long and 1830mm wide, making it 48mm longer and 53mm wider than its predecessor, while the wheelbase is also 30mm longer. As you would expect, the bigger footprint of the new CLA Coupe has given it a roomier interior.

The second-generation CLA debuted in Las Vegas in CLA 250 form, meaning it’s powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol with 222hp (225PS) and 258lb-ft (350Nm) of torque. Paired to it is a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Mercedes didn’t detail the rest of the engine range, only saying that it’ll include most of the engines on offer with the A-Class, along with the selection between manual or dual-clutch transmissions and the option of the company’s 4Matic all-wheel drive.

Driving dynamics play a big role in the new CLA; the front and rear tracks are now wider by 63mm at the front and by 53mm at the rear, compared to the previous model, which are combined with a lower center of gravity. Mercedes says that the new CLA is the most engaging member of its compact car lineup to date.

Models like the CLA 250 that’s on display in CES will come with a decoupled multi-link rear suspension for reduced noise and vibration, a fatter stabilizer bar for reduced body roll and optional adaptive dampers.

Mercedes worked hard on the aerodynamics of the new CLA, making it as slippery as possible. The end result is a drag coefficient of 0.23. This is a success despite the previous car managing a 0.22Cd, as the new CLA features a significantly larger frontal area.

As expected, the new CLA shares the same interior architecture with the A-Class, starring of course the latest MBUX infotainment system with its dual-display setup and ‘Hey Mercedes’ advanced voice control feature.

As for the active safety kit, the list gets pretty long; the new Mercedes CLA adopts many of the systems that originally debuted in the S-Class, including a semi-autonomous function, Active Emergency Stop Assist, Active Lane Change Assist, Active Brake Assist and more.

Sales of the new Mercedes CLA Coupe will start this May in Europe, while the US market will get it in late 2019.

*Article has been updated with live images from CES


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  • Fazal Wahab

    where it stands in Mercedes Benz line up? They have A class sedan as well.

    • designer_dick

      CLA is to A-Class sedan as CLS is to the E-Class.

      • Momogg

        Yes but no. CLS is to the S-Class.
        For the E-Class it should be CLE. 😉

        • Merc1

          That is actually true under their new naming scheme, but CLS has too much equity built up in the name now.


          • Viral

            ML didn’t? It should be changed to CLE.

          • Merc1



        • designer_dick

          The CLS is priced from £25,000 lower than the S-Class and shares its mechanicals and interior with the E-Class, so take from that what you will.

          • Momogg

            I understand.

  • I wonder if they fixed the go-cart on wheels ride quality?

    • Matt

      Read any review on the new A-Class to find your answer.

      • I will take that with a grain of salt. Auto jurnos are rarely ever brutally honest, or else they won’t get invited to 5-star hotel getaways for previews. I prefer to test myself.

  • designer_dick

    The front end is a huge improvement over the gurning, unhappy looking A-Class, and might even be preferable to the slightly goofy looking CLS.

  • eb110americana

    It’s funny, the first CLA was a poor man’s excuse for a CLS. This one actually looks BETTER than the latest dumpy CLS.

    • PK

      indeed. it’s crazy to say that the cla is better than the cls back in the days but now it’s like the other way around.

    • dumblikeyou2

      Yea, but it still looks like they’re going the Russian doll route with styling per model again. One look for all sizes approach.

      • Yavor

        Yeah it’s lazy and ugly!

  • Enter Ranting

    Huge fake grilles – check. Tacky interior lighting – check. Cheap shiny black plastic on the dash – check. By the way, touch screens and “virtual” gauges aren’t high tech amenities for the buyer. They’re a way for manufacturers to cut corners and save money. Screens are cheap. That’s why they’re on everything from printers to Coke machines.

    This “new” car is a jaded, half-assed attempt. Why would Mercedes sell a mini version of the expensive CLS in the first place?

    • Matt

      Plastic dials are cheap too. Screens allow customization of displays and seamless integration of navigation and camera feeds directly in the driver’s line of sight.

      • Enter Ranting

        Interesting that Mercedes was capable of producing beautifully-crafted gauges in the 1950s, but now have to rely on cheesy video game graphics instead.

        • lagunas3ca

          Interesting that you’re still living in the 20th century.

          • Enter Ranting

            Also interesting that your avatar is a photo of a mid-2000s BMW M3, before dashboards were video game displays. But I’m sure you’d rather have a cheap screen instead of real gauges, right? And yes, I’d take a 1950’s Mercedes anything over the disposable CLA.

          • lagunas3ca

            Nah, dual high-res 12.3″ displays.

          • Enter Ranting


          • TheHake

            I’d prefer a 1960’s Ferrari 250. But unfortunately we live in the REAL WORLD.

          • Enter Ranting

            It’s not difficult to get your hands on a vintage Mercedes. They used to make cars that were designed and built to last decades, unlike today’s disposable models.

        • Merc1

          Why not go back to the 50’s then?


          • Enter Ranting

            Why not integrate beautifully-crafted gauges with a screen for displaying maps and other information? Because a screen is cheap, and people are impressed by cutesy graphics. In a Mercedes, a stretched iPad screen is a total cop-out. The next update of the Chevy Sonic is bound to have a screen instead of gauges, because that’s the cheap and easy route.

          • Merc1

            This isn’t 1950 and people don’t care about real gauges anymore, and these screens are NOT cheap either. It take a lot to design/engineer these for use in a car like this. It is what the youth market wants and Mercedes is in the business of selling cars, not pleasing people who would never buy one.

            The graphics are stunning BTW, and the tech is class leading. Seems you’re stuck in the past.


          • Enter Ranting

            OK, you’re impressed with cute graphics on a glorified iPad screen. I’m impressed by craftsmanship and tradition. And yes, the screens are cheaper than real gauges. Car companies are counting on “youth” to fall for it, since most youth can’t take ten steps without looking at their phones.

          • Merc1

            Didn’t say that, I said that this is what the market wants. Not they aren’t.

            They’re catering who is buying, you mostly likely aren’t going to buy a CLA no matter how they designed it.


        • Matt

          Not really interesting, they didn’t have the technology in the 1950’s for anything other than classic gauges. That was their only option.

          I like traditional dials, but let’s not pretend that the march of progress will be thwarted by classic car enthusiasts.

          • Nordschleife

            Thank you it’s not like everyone was producing digital dials and Mercedes stayed with analog dials.

        • Christian Wimmer

          The cool thing would be if Mercedes offered a 1950s-style tachometer theme for those digital screens in their newest cars. So far there’s only Classic, Sport and Decent.

          I am hopeful since these cars and their systems could theoretically be easily updated with such a feature since they’re literally computers on wheels.

    • Momogg

      You forgot the fake exhausts. 😂

    • Rot

      Check your cheap Chevrolet Malibu bro… 🤣

      • Enter Ranting

        Don’t have a Malibu, bro.

    • Christian Wimmer

      As the owner of a brand new 2018 Mercedes A250 AMG Line, I can reassure you that the interior is NOT cheap. In fact it’s a huge improvement over the outgoing model and it’s materials and feel are more than class appropriate. Everything that you tend to interact with on a daily basis feels solid and premium. The cabin is a nice place to be. I’ve already put 4,000 km on it since picking the car up on November 29th, 2018 and I feel spoiled by high quality feel of that interior.

      I wouldn’t call the digital screen “cheap”. It’s clearly an expensive piece of technology, especially since it’s “pixel-less” because of the superb high definition screen (provided by nVidia, if memory serves me right). The digital screen is also a nice way of allowing consumers to INDIVIDUALIZE their car, such as selecting Classic, Sporty of Decent-style tachometers for example. Those digital screens are akin to the 64-different interior lighting colors: PERSONALIZATION and INDIVIDUALIZATION.

      • Enter Ranting

        Yeah, I sat in a base one of these at the LA Auto Show, and the interior was a tacky mess. I guess it needs a gimmicky screen that can be personalized to distract from the shiny “piano black” plastic and Camaro lighting package. Also, the example at the show had an electronic bug that started blasting the radio at top volume out of nowhere. It blasted me right out of the car before I even touched a knob. The dealers would run over to try to shut it off, and once they did, it would turn on again at full a volume minute later all on its own.

        • TheHake

          So if you don’t like this, what would you consider nice?

        • Christian Wimmer

          I am curious; what would you use to replace the piano black plastic in the center console?

          Are you really that disgusted by the use of a shiny black plastic slab in the middle of the cabin? I think it looks great and I think it feels great. It’s not cheap-feeling at all.

          And you claim to have sat in a “base model” of this at the LA Auto Show. Hmmm… the US market will only get the A-Class Sedan and so far there is only one engine available for your market, the A220/A220 4Matic – hardly base. The “electronic bug” you are complaining about sounds normal to me. When I enter my A250 the radio automatically turns on – because it was turned on in a previous setting. Turn the radio off before exiting the car and the next time you enter the car it will remain off.

          • Enter Ranting

            What material was Mercedes using before they and every other car maker started putting shiny black plastic in their cars? Seriously, if you want to stand out as a luxury car brand, do something different and innovative. When is the last time you saw a piano made out of black plastic?

            And the Mercedes representatives at the show sure didn’t act like having the stereo suddenly come on at full blast was normal. They were crapping themselves trying to get it to stop.

          • Christian Wimmer

            All interiors in the car business have gotten better, Mercedes’ interiors are no exception. The current A-Class interior blows away the interior of say a W221 S-Class. I drove my A-Class again today and that black slab of plastic does not bother me at all. It does not look or feel cheap and visually it blends in very nicely with the rest of the cabin design.

        • Nordschleife

          I went to that same LA auto show and sat in that same grey A-Classx sedan and experience none of what you experienced except in the back seats. I did feel it was kinda cheap feeling back there.

      • TheHake

        I love the digital dashes. Cheaper than gauges or not, the functionality is great.

  • Jason Panamera

    Okay, it looks good.

  • Momogg

    Not bad, looks better than the CLS.

  • Bo Hanan


    • Six Thousand Times

      It’s likely one of those set-ups to adjust the mood lighting.

  • I agree with some commenters in belief that it looks better than the current CLS but it still looks awkwardly cartoonish from some angles and that’s weird considering that it is not really small (4688mm long). I mean, C-class used to be a shorter than that. Understandably, front overhang is dictated by the engine layout, but even with that in mind, profile leaves you thinking what exactly went wrong because they lose it every time in the transition from concept to production.

    • TheHake

      Wheelbase… the concept drawings have the wheels right on the edges. Unfortunately that is not realistic. Plus the trade-offs that have to be made for ‘pedestrian safety’ are huge now.

  • bxniels0

    I think this one looks more mature. I liked the back of the old one and the front of the old one but they never quite looked like they belonged on the same car. I think I prefer the “predator” headlights on the new A-Class.
    Was there any mention of some of the other tech, like that lightening that turned on when the woman reached across the passenger seat? I assume that’s similar technology to the new GLE where by when you reach for the seating configuring on the centre screen from the driver’s side, it’s the driver’s controls by default and the same if you do it from the passenger’s side (passenger’s controls by default).
    They need to add the quick access buttons that the C Class has for quickly turning the assistance systems on and off.
    Not sure if it’s perceived as tacky or not, but I love the orange in the Edition One LOL

  • Mercedes-Benz =Taxi ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Looks good! Looks like a baby CLS and S-class interior.

  • enthusia

    i really like the interior, but Mercedes’ exteriors are so lazily done, what a shame.

  • Six Thousand Times

    If nothing else the tail lights are more dynamic.

  • cbATL

    Throw a Ford logo on the front and this could be the 2019 Ford Clitoris…oops I mean 2019 Ford Taurus. That interior is f’en horrendous and the what is with the Edition moniker? Cheap…cheap cheap.

  • TheHake

    Damn good looking car. I hope the doors sound less 1990’s Kia than the current CLA.

  • Hi I am Zako

    Better than the A class sedan tbh.

    • Matt

      I think Mercedes had the CLA designed before the Q60 was unveiled. CLA design would have been signed-off in about 2015.

  • Kagan

    blah blah

  • Nik

    Current CLA drives like shit, interior is shithole as well with silly ipads in front and cheap looking dash, Im surprised lots of people is buying CLA… I would call it cheap version of real Mercedes. Only good thing is the engine… cars is very fast and it looks good from outside… When you sit inside, feels like you trapped… zero visibility and no room. May be new one will be better

  • Sybill Julian

    so.. this new CLA is wider than the current C-Class…

  • StrangerGP

    The rear of the car looks just as fugly as in the new CLS.

  • SteersUright

    Has the shape of a cockroach and the interior of a modern cubicle. Not feeling this. The hatch is far better looking in my opinion.

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