Pictures of the new Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class have leaked online ahead of its expected Detroit motor show debut next month. We’re not sure if they’re official press shots, but if they’re anything to go by, the baby sedan does look a treat, carrying over quite a number of styling cues (including those lovely swage lines) from the Concept Style Coupe which premiered in Beijing earlier this year.
According to Autocar, the CLA-Class is 47 mm longer, 121 mm wider and 47 mm lower than the C-Class under which it sits, segment-wise, while being 345 mm longer and 35 mm lower than the A-Class on which it is based. 4MATIC all wheel drive will make its debut on the CLA-Class, combined with a seven-speed dual clutch gearbox (7G-DCT).
The petrol variants will be powered by turbocharged four-cylinder units – a 120 hp 1.6 litre for the CLA 180, 154 hp 2.0 litre for the CLA 200 and 208 hp 2.0 litre for the CLA 250. The oil burners are the CLA 180 CDI, CLA 200 CDI and CLA 220 CDI, powered by a 108 hp 1.8 litre, 134 hp 1.8 litre and 168 hp 2.2 litre respectively, reports the British publication.
The icing on the cake however, will be the CLA 45 AMG, where 330 hp and upwards of 400 Nm of peak torque from a turbocharged AMG-tuned 2.0 litre engine (same as in the A 45 AMG) will be fed to all four wheels via the 4MATIC + 7G-DCT pairing, which of course will come as standard. More info to emerge as time goes by, so watch this space.