C118 Mercedes-Benz CLA: new teaser shows LED DRL

C118 Mercedes-Benz CLA: new teaser shows LED DRL

This is certainly a very slow way to reveal a car. Mercedes-Benz is ringing in the new year with the new C118 CLA at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next week, but beforehand it’s rounding out the year with a new teaser of the next-generation compact four-door coupé.

Okay, “new” may be overselling it – this is the exact same image as the first teaser shown earlier this month, only with the addition of the arrow-shaped LED daytime running lights at the front. These DRLs are part of headlights that are shapelier than the tapered items on the W177 A-Class the car is based on, according to spyshots of lightly camouflaged prototypes we’ve seen before.

Those spyshots also show a simpler, more refined design inspired by the latest C257 CLS, incorporating a trapezoidal grille, door mirrors on the door cards (instead of on the base of the A-pillar as on the outgoing model), slimmer tail lights, a bumper-mounted rear number plate recess and the deletion of the current car’s prominent shoulder line. The signature low-slung roofline and frameless windows remain, of course.

Mercedes claims that the new CLA will come with a revised version of the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) interface. The system, which first debuted at last year’s show before being fitted to the A-Class, is said to incorporate new functions such as the MBUX Interior Assistant gesture control feature first seen on the new GLE SUV.

Built on the new Modular Front Architecture (MFA2) platform, the CLA is expected to get the full range of new engines from the A-Class, which include the Renault-derived M282 1.33 litre turbo four-cylinder petrol and Mercedes’ own 2.0 litre unit, plus a 1.5 litre diesel. There will also likely be two high-performance AMG versions, including a 306 hp CLA 35 and a CLA 45 with upwards of 400 hp.

GALLERY: C118 Mercedes-Benz CLA spyshots

GALLERY: C118 Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 spyshots
GALLERY: C118 Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 spyshots

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Jonathan Lee

After trying to pursue a career in product design, Jonathan Lee decided to make the sideways jump into the world of car journalism instead. He therefore appreciates the aesthetic appeal of a car, but for him, the driving experience is still second to none.




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