The Mercedes-Benz CLA has received a raft of new features for a new model year. The 2015 CLA gets updates in safety, comfort, infotainment, ambience, kit and output departments.

On the safety front, Collision Prevention Assist Plus extends the functions of Collision Prevention Assist with the addition of autonomous partial braking, which helps to reduce the risk of rear-end collisions. If a driver fails to act when the risk of a collision is detected, despite visual and audio warnings, the system will automatically trigger partial braking.

Attention Assist has been upgraded to operate within an extended speed range (60 to 200 km/h) and now uses a five-stage bar display to visualise the driver’s current attention level.

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Malaysian-market CLA 200 dashboard; Light and Sight package is nice, small screen less so

The infotainment system has been updated with animated menus and visual representations, and there’s an optional eight-inch free-standing display, an inch larger than the previous biggest unit. Convenience Telephony is now LTE compatible, while the (now standard) Media Interface allows the connection of Apple devices via Apple Lightning. Keyless-Go appears on the options list.

The cabin’s ambient lighting now offers twelve selectable colours, while a satin-finish light brown poplar wood joins the trim list. Outside, AMG 19-inch multi-spoke light-alloy wheels, painted black and with a high-sheen finish, is now available.

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No technical changes, except for the addition of 7 hp to the CLA 220 CDI, which now does 177 hp, 350 Nm, 0-100 km/h in 8.2 s, and 232 km/h max. The CLA 180 CDI’s emissions is now 99 g CO2/km.

As the Malaysian-market CLA is a CBU import, we expect to see some of these changes in future batches, although it all depends on the boxes ticked by the local product planning department. We’ve driven the petite but curvy CLA, and you can read our test drive report to learn more about the car.

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA 200, Malaysian spec