The Mercedes-Benz CLA subcompact sedan is getting a mid-cycle refresh and update for the 2024 model year.
The list of changes starts with a redesigned front fascia and grille, a new rear diffuser and a revised signature for the headlights and taillights. Additional body colours are available including two different shades of blue. New wheel designs are also part of the mix.
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The highlight of the interior is the free-standing digital interface with available 10.25-inch displays. The centre touchscreen is powered by the latest MBUX infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. A Burmester audio system is optional. Mercedes-Benz says the revised telematics system impresses with a new design and improved performance.
The new trim elements in a dark carbon look, open-pore brown lime wood or brown MICROCUT microfibre (AMG Line only) further enhance the cabin.
What about the engine? The 2024 Mercedes-Benz CLA will return with a turbocharged four-cylinder and 48V mild hybrid technology. A temporary power boost of 13 hp is available for quick bursts. Incidentally, 0-100 km/h sprints are achieved in 6.4 seconds according to the automaker.
The sportier Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 and 45 S models feature more aggressive styling thanks to an AMG-specific radiator grille with vertical slats, a reshaped front apron and a round badge with the AMG emblem that reinforces the brand affiliation. The headlights and taillights are revised, as well, while new wheel designs up to 19 inches are available.
Inside, the cockpit is enhanced with a new AMG Performance steering wheel, latest-generation MBUX infotainment and new upholstery covers for the standard sports seats or the optional AMG Performance seats.
The CLA 35 uses the same turbocharged four-cylinder engine and 48V mild hybrid technology, except that output is increased to 302 hp with 295 lb-ft. of torque, good for 0-100 km/h sprints in 4.9 seconds.
The CLA 45 S is cranked up to a formidable 416 hp and 369 lb-ft., making it the most powerful four-cylinder car (with no electric assistance) in production. Acceleration is a matter of 4.1 seconds.
Further details including pricing and Canadian launch timing will be announced at a later date.