Produced exclusively at the Kecskemét plant in Hungary, the second-generation CLA combines a CLS-inspired exterior with a high-tech interior that features Merc’s MBUX infotainment system.
It also comes with an assortment of turbocharged gasoline and diesel engines that can be coupled with manual or dual-clutch transmissions and front- or all-wheel drive. Nevertheless, the only engine detailed so far is the CLA 250’s 2.0-liter turbo-four that produces 225 PS (222 hp) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque.
The new CLA is 48mm (1.89in) longer, 53mm (2.08in) wider, and 2mm (0.07in) lower than its predecessor. It also has a 30mm (1.18in) longer wheelbase, which offers more interior room, particularly in the back. Mercedes-Benz says the 2020 CLA offers more leg, shoulder, and elbow room in the rear seats than the outgoing model.
The second-generation CLA also features wider front and rear tracks (by of 63 mm/2.48in and 55 mm/2.16in, respectively) which combined with the lower center of gravity contribute to giving it “the sportiest driving characteristics” in Mercedes’ compact family.
More technologically advanced than ever, the new CLA adopts driving assistance systems from the S-Class flagship, including a semi-autonomous system that can be engaged in certain situations.
“Over 750,000 CLA and CLA Shooting Brake of the first generation have already left our production lines in Kecskemét. We are all the more pleased that we are also producing the new CLA – as the only Mercedes-Benz plant worldwide,” said Christian Wolff, CEO and Site Manager of Mercedes-Benz Manufacturing Hungary.
The all-new CLA will have its European market launch in May, when sales will begin, in traditional Mercedes fashion, with a CLA Edition 1 model.