Being an entry level model is even further away CLA's rearview mirror.
Once upon a time, the C-Class was Mercedes' entry-level model. The CLA arrived in the US to take that job with a price tag of around $30,000. That was a big statement, and then the price started drifting up and then the brand's new entry-level model, the A-Class, stepped in. Now Mercedes has announced that the 2020 CLA 250 will start at $37,645 after a $995 destination charge. The CLA 250 4MATIC then starts from $39,695 including destination.
It's not just raising the price for the sake of profit though. The bar on the 4-door CLA has been raised on the 2019 model along with the extra $3,550 in price.
Under the hood, the 2020 CLA comes with a 2.0-liter turbo-4 engine that makes 221 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, a substantial power bump from the A-Class's same-sized engine. The CLA also grows in size by getting longer and gaining a wider track that's matched to a lower center of gravity to build on its sporty design.
Standard equipment includes LED headlights and taillights, 18-inch wheels, a 7-inch digital instrument cluster and a matching 7-inch touchscreen for controlling infotainment. The new MBUX infotainment system comes with a completely new user interface and a new touchpad. The new system also includes natural speech recognition so you can talk to your car through the "Hey Mercedes," command.
Optionally, Mercedes customers can also get the full-color head-up display as well as augmented video for navigation. The variable-torque all-wheel-drive system is also available and all models get the 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. According to Mercedes, the 2020 model year CLA will go on sale in the US in the fall of 2019.
If the 0-60 mph time of 6.3 seconds and 130 mph regulated top speed on both models isn't enough, the warmed Mercedes-AMG versions are coming down the pipe with 302 horsepower for the CLA 35 and almost 400 horsepower for the CLA 45.