The successor to the first-generation CLA has been testing on public roads in Germany
9 November 2018

Near-production-ready prototypes of the new Mercedes-Benz CLA have been spotted testing with minimal camouflage ahead of its 2019 unveiling.

Details of the small four-door coupé remain scarce, although a more angular front end and gently sloping bootlid suggest a close resemblance to the larger CLS grand tourer

With the new CLA having previously been seen only in full camouflage, these latest photos reveal more of the production bodywork, suggesting an imminent reveal early next year.

A continuation of Mercedes’ so-called purity design lineage, the design of the second-generation CLA will replace the taut surfacing treatment and heavily etched swage lines of its predecessor.

At this stage, it is not known whether the new model will manage to match the outstanding aerodynamic efficiency of the original CLA, which holds the distinction of being the most aerodynamically efficient car ever placed into larger-scale production, with a drag coefficient of just 0.22 in CLA180 BlueEfficiency guise. 

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The rear doors, like those of the previously spotted shooting brake variant, appear longer than those of the outgoing model, hinting at improved rear leg room and easier entry and exit for passengers.

The new CLA and CLA Shooting Brake will be the fifth and sixth models to use Mercedes’ MFA2 platform, following on from the A-Class, A-Class saloon, long-wheelbase A-Class saloon and recently unveiled B-Class. It supports both front and four-wheel drive and is engineered to accommodate either a torsion beam or multi-link rear suspension.  

The CLA joins a range of new Mercedes models that are due to be launched in 2019, including the fourth-generation GLE large SUV and the EQ C electric SUV.

Power for the new model will come from a range of four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, including a powered-up version of Mercedes’ latest M260 turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol unit in the new four-wheel-drive CLA35 and CLA35 Shooting Brake models from AMG. 

A more highly tuned version of that engine with more than 400bhp will also be used to power range-topping CLA45 and CLA45 Shooting Brake models. 

Autocar understands the new CLA is likely to make an appearance at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January, with the CLA Shooting Brake expected to underpin the German car maker’s stand at the Geneva motor show next March.

Mercedes-Benz reveals 'continued product offensive' roadmap for 2019

Mercedes confirmed the planned introduction of the new CLA and CLA Shooting Brake, as well as an eighth compact model in the form of the GLB SUV, with the issuing of a so-called official product roadmap graphic.

The graphic, part of a presentation announcing the German car maker’s 2018 sales up to the end of September, pinpoints six cars that are set to be unveiled next year. 

Joining the CLA, CLA Shooting Brake and the GLB will be facelifted versions of the GLC SUV and GLC coupé, as well as the third-generation GLS

 

Details to the four-door CLA remain scarce, although recent prototypes caught it with a distinctly more sporting appearance than the recently unveiled A-class saloon, alongside which it is planned to be produced at Mercedes-Benz’s factory in Kecskemet Hungary, with greater tapering to its front end, a more heavily angled windscreen, greater curvature to its roofline, a shallower glasshouse with frameless doors and a more shapely rear end.

If the prototypes being tested by Mercedes-Benz are any guide, however, the 2019-model-year CLA will be quite a bit larger than its predecessor, with a longer wheelbase set to provide added length to the rear door apertures in a move aimed to ease entry to the rear along with improved rear legroom.

Even less clear is the look set to be adopted by the second-generation CLA Shooting Brake. Like its predecessor, though, it is rumoured to receive a heavily stylised appearance with a sloping roofline and heavily angled tailgate set to prioritise good looks ahead of ultimate load-carrying capacity.

Together, the two models form part of a future eight-model-strong compact car line-up that will also include the new GLB – a rival to the BMW X1 and Audi Q3 – which the Mercedes-Benz roadmap hints will be unveiled during the latter half of 2019, as well as a successor to the GLA that's set to be launched in 2020.

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jer

2 November 2018

Fwd hatches with longer front over hangs don't work as estates.

2 November 2018

...or to stay interested. The proliferation of bodystyles and models is bonkers. Which manufacturer now makes the most? Actual models, I mean, not otions but actual models.

2 November 2018

Cartoon proportions.  This thing is going to to be even dumpier than the hatch.

2 November 2018

Had to think hard what this particular combination of three letters C & L & A means in Mercedes's nomaclature and had to give up.

But anyway the outline looks sharp and promising. I hope Mercedes would do a slimmer and sharper front elevation. It should give up the typical dumpy looks,

2 November 2018

 How many Car makers will we have in the future?,an important question?, well, there might be because very few are producing something different they’re just churning out the profit makers,and now that the way we buy a Car has changed more “little Boxes” which have the same design cues are becoming a blight on the Roads, Mercedes do however try to be different.

Peter Cavellini.

2 November 2018

Thanks

2 November 2018

Actually love this new models the CLA and CLA Shooting Brake alongside for 2019 launch by Mercedes-Benz successors. Thanks for sharing here facelifted versions of the GLC SUV and GLC coupe as well as the third-generation GLS.

Lauren,

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6 November 2018

me too

9 November 2018

Strangely I think it looks a bit like a Vauxhall Insignia?....

Maybe it's just the prototype cladding. Hats off to Merc for continuing to build small saloons.

9 November 2018

Seriously, what is the difference between this CLA and the A-Class saloon? Apart from the CLA having a more sloping rear screen and therefore presumably worse rear room, for a higher price?

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