• WORLD PREMIERE: 2014 Mercedes Benz CLA-CLASS

    Posted on: January 15th, 2013 by admin 3 Comments

    It’s totally fresh and thrilling, yes, talking about the newest member of the Mercedes Benz family which was officially unveiled in Detroit. To cap the newness of this vehicle model, the CLA comes with a drag coefficient of just 0.23 Cd, with a grand claim as the most aerodynamic series production car ever created, according to Mercedes.

    As can clearly be deduced, CLA rides on Mercedes’ modular MFA front-wheel-drive architecture, which also underpins the European-market A-Class hatchback and B-Class MPV. With a few design orientation drawn from the current C-Class, the CLA has a 2.5-inch longer wheelbase and the two are nearly identical in terms of width and height.

    More highlights which further prove how much this new Mercedes Benz release is intended to lure younger buyers, in addition to the over-all body styling are; a panoramic sunroof, a harmon/kardon sound system and a sport package that upsizes the standard 17-inch wheels to 18-inch AMG units and adds an aggressive body kit.Under the hood, the CLA250 comes with a turbocharged and direct-injected 2.0-liter inline-four cylinder engine (208 horsepower and 258 lb-ft) which transfers power to the front wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.
    Other features of the CLA includes, the radar-based Collision Prevention Assist system -which can warn the driver of potential collisions and even apply the brakes automatically to prevent a crash.
    As indicated in reports, in the spring of 2014, Mercedes will add an optional 4Matic all-wheel-drive system to the options list, which will be an ‘efficient new design’ specifically intended for the automaker’s smaller, transversely-engined vehicles. Another efficiency-boosting feature is an electromechanical steering system for “improved feedback” when compared to a traditional hydraulic-assist setup.

    The CLA’s interior is said to be identical to that of the A-Class with a display screen measuring 5.8-inch (upgradeable to 7.0-inches) mounted on top of the dash as standard, providing a range of multimedia packages and navigation etc.

    The big question here is whether this new addition will contribute to changing the ailing fortune of the Mercedes Benz vehicle line?

     

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