Good news - the new Mercedes CLA could have a manual transmission in the US.
The all-new 2020 Mercedes CLA has broken cover earlier than expected, as leaked photos posted by Australian website Redline (but that have since been removed) show the luxury four-door coupe in all its glory before its official debut at CES later today. Visually, it looks like a shrunken Mercedes CLS, and while the styling isn’t drastically different to its predecessor, it looks a lot sleeker thanks to its redesigned headlights and taillights. It’s also 1.89 inches longer, 2.08 inches wider, and 0.07 inches lower than the previous generation model. As a result, the cabin offers more leg, shoulder and elbow room for occupants.
The interior is also significantly improved and more technologically advanced as the new CLA has been fitted with the dual-screen MBUX infotainment system from the A-Class, which features a new "Interior Assistant” that allows the driver to activate the interior lighting using hand gestures. New driver assists include emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control.
Mercedes will come to Vegas with the CLA 250, which is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 221 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, although other powertrains will be available for different markets when the CLA goes on sale later this year. Powertrains will be paired with a mix of front-wheel and all-wheel drive, and manual and automatic transmissions.
That’s right, a new Mercedes model is being offered with a manual transmission at long last, but whether it will be available in the US remains to be seen. Hopefully, we’ll find out soon when the 2020 Mercedes CLA is officially revealed at CES in Las Vegas later today.