Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the all-new CLA saloon at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Based on the same MFA platform as the new A-Class it has also the same width and height, but is 338mm longer.
Also known as the baby CLS, the CLA has the lowest drag of any production car on sale – an impressive drag coefficient of 0.23.
The interior is influenced by the A-Class, though you can also see SLS AMG inspired vents. All trim surfaces are covered in galvanised metal.
Two suspension set-ups will be offered: comfort or sports. The sports setting lowers the body by 20mm at the front and 15mm at the rear.
There is also a new radar-based autobrake as standard and an iPhone integration as part of the infotainment system, which now includes Siri voice control.
From launch two petrol engines and one diesel will be offered, all with stop-start. The range starts with 120bhp CLA 180, in the middle sits a 168bhp CLA 220 CDI, which delivers an impressive 62.8mpg, while the CLA 250 comes with 208bhp.
A 134bhp CLA 200 CDI will also join the range later, while the top of the range CLA 45 AMG with up to 350bhp is also planned.
Order books will open in March with UK pricing is expected to start from around £20k.