In keeping with its sporty positioning, the CLA is available with high-torque turbo engines rated at up to 156 hp with sports suspension. The technical highlights of this new design icon include a new world record in aerodynamics for series production automobiles (Cd value: 0.24) and numerous driving assistance systems, including the Collision Prevention Assist.
Mercedes-Benz CLA class falls between A-Class and C200 range
Exterior-wise, the CLA features an interplay between concave and convex surfaces; plenty of sentiments from the CLS. The vehicle’s striking features include the bonnet embedded in the front end with power domes and the black pins radiator grille. The light modules and LED daytime running lights behind the headlight cover glass have been arranged in such a way as to create the characteristic “flare effect” for the daytime driving lights and indicators.
The side’s lines (3) are accentuated by the front structural edge over the wings which flows towards the rear end and the shoulder bulge above the rear axle, as well as a third line that extends in a sweeping curve from the front wheel towards the rear. From the rear, the CLA’s sloping roof contour and curved rear window expand on its coupé-style character. Also at the rear, the horizontally-oriented LED rearlights with arrow-style arrangement give the coupe a fairly luminous profile.
Moving to the inside, there are plenty premium materials all-around; the highlights include the electroplated-finish five round vents on the instrument panel, the galvanized insert, black piano-lacquer front panel for display screen, integral seats (2+1), and optional interior fittings such as fiber optic cable for the head restraint and backrest, ambient lighting and colored contrasting stitchings for related surfaces.
The available Mercedes-Benz CLA C200 is powered by a 1.6-liter powerplant with an ECO start-stop, mated to the 7G-DCT dual clutch automatic transmission for an output of 156 hp and a credible 250 Nm of torque. A 0 – 100 km/h sprint takes about 8.5 seconds, while top speed approximates 230 km/h. Efficient fuel consumption of the CLA at 5.2 – 5.5l/100km is attributed to numerous aerodynamic optimization measures. These include a low A-pillar shoulder with adapted A-pillar geometry, aerodynamically optimised exterior mirrors, streamlined rear section, wheels designed for low aerodynamic drag and serrated wheel spoilers on the front and rear wheel arches. Additionally, extensive underbody panelling, additional panelling in the middle area of the rear axle and an aerodynamically optimized rear silencer followed by a diffuser improve the flow of air under the underbody.
Safety is at the top of the heap, the CLA is loaded with pertinent driver assistance systems like; Attention Assist, Collision Prevention Assist with Adaptive Brake Assist, and the Direct Steer system, which contributes to the car’s overall efficiency. Additionally, the CLA’s steering enables various assistance functions which are activated by the ESP control unit. These include counter-steering in case of over-steering, corrective steering when braking on road surfaces offering different levels of grip (split-friction braking), mitigation of the extent to which the front-wheel drive influences the steering and compensation for crosswind and road gradients.
Sturdy suspension system holds the Mercedes-Benz CLA firmly on the ground
Holding the CLA together are the front McPhersons and independent rear multilinks with three control arms and one trailing arm per wheel. This means that longitudinal and lateral dynamics are virtually independent of one another. A CLA-specific feature is the flexible decoupling of the rear axle carrier, which benefits ride comfort. Wheel carriers and spring links are made of aluminium, in order to reduce unsprung masses. Two chassis and suspension set-ups are available for CLA: the comfort suspension and the optional sports suspension; lowered by 15 mm (front) and 10 mm (rear).
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