New Mercedes CLA spied testing for a push upmarket

This is not the Mercedes A-class saloon, rather a larger four-door coupe-saloon with CLS-inspired styling

Mercedes-Benz looks to be readying a new compact saloon-coupe for production, undergoing testing with production-ready bodywork and light units. But before you ask, this is not the upcoming A-class saloon, rather the new longer, lower CLA sibling.

Due to Mercedes’ decision to build both a new A-class saloon and a CLA, the latter car will probably be larger than its predecessor, moving the model further upmarket and closer to cars like the A5 Sportback and 4-series Gran Coupe. Without a direct competitor in that segment of the market, Mercedes could see the new CLA as the car to fill a rare gap in its current range.

Subscribe to evo magazine

Experience the thrill of driving with evo magazine. Subscribe now and get your first 5 issues for £5 or buy the latest issue in all good newsagents!

> Click here for all the latest on the new Mercedes A-class

Like the previous car, the new CLA won’t feature a rear-drive chassis, instead utilising the new A-class platform due to be shown off at the Geneva motor show in March. As a result, the new CLA is likely to include a predominately four-cylinder engine range with either front- or all-wheel drive.

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below

Aesthetically the CLA looks set to ape the new CLS, with what look like similar taillights and a large downturned grille. The headlights do look to be a different shape however, closer to those on the AMG GT 4-door concept car.

Inside expect an all-new interior, sharing elements with the new A-class including the application of Merc’s new MBUX infotainment system. As previously revealed, the new A-class features the next generation Mercedes interior, designed around this clever dual-screen tech and with a new touchpad replacing the current click-wheel controller.

> Click here for our review of the A 45 AMG

Engine-wise expect the usual combination of four-cylinder petrol and diesel options, including AMG versions. Affalterbach is said to be developing two different options for the upcoming A-class, namely AMG ‘35’ and ‘45’ versions, but at this stage we have no inkling about whether just one or both will be available in the CLA.

The new A-class is set for its full reveal at the Geneva motor show in March, but we don’t expect to see the new CLA till 2019.

Advertisement

Recommended

Visit/mercedes/cla/22530/mercedes-amg-cla35-revealed-a-new-entry-level-amg-four-door-coupe
Mercedes CLA hatchback

Mercedes-AMG CLA35 revealed

8 Apr 2019
Visit/mercedes/cla/22111/new-2018-mercedes-cla-revealed-rejigged-sibling-to-the-a-class-hatch
Mercedes CLA hatchback

New 2018 Mercedes CLA revealed

8 Jan 2019
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/porsche/911/201958/porsche-911-gt3-vs-gt3-rs-vs-gt2-rs-track-battle
Porsche 911

Porsche 911 GT3 vs GT3 RS vs GT2 RS - track battle

Porsche’s GT3, GT3 RS and GT2 RS are the most hardcore of the 911 breed, but pitched head‑to‑head which will we crown champion?
15 Nov 2019
Visit/buying-advice/19675/used-car-deals-of-the-week
used cars

Best used cars for sale this week

We’ve delved into the classifieds and chosen our favourite cars for sale this week
15 Nov 2019
Visit/ford/mustang/201952/ford-mustang-mach-e-uncovered-as-all-electric-suv
Ford Mustang

Ford Mustang Mach-E uncovered as all-electric SUV

The Mustang has been hit with the all-electric, SUV treatment
18 Nov 2019
Visit/hyundai/i30-n-hatchback/201775/hyundai-i30-n-versus-hyundai-i30-tcr
Hyundai i30 N hatchback

Hyundai i30 N versus Hyundai i30 TCR

Can Dickie Meaden beat Steve Sutcliffe in a straight(ish) race? We sent them to the Circuit Nuvolari with a pair of Hyundai i30 Ns to find out.
20 Sep 2019