Mercedes Just Gave Its Ridiculously Popular CLA-Class A Quick Facelift


Here's what's new for the standard model and the AMG.

A few days ago Mercedes showed off the new AMG E43 which is making its official debut at the 2016 New York Auto Show. Mercedes also has two other cars planned for New York, a facelifted CLA-Class and CLA45 AMG. Now even Mercedes is calling these updates a facelift, so don’t expect anything too drastic here. Both of the power plants from the soon-to-be-outdated models are left intact. The CLA-Class makes 208 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque from its 2.0-liter turbo-four. The AMG is just a smidge more powerful.

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The AMG 2.0-liter turbo-four is rated at 375 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. The transmission offerings stay the same as well with a seven-speed dual-clutch on offer for both. So, what’s actually new? On the outside, not much. The CLA-Class has a new front bumper and the exhaust pipes are now flush with the rear bumper. There are also six different wheel designs to choose from. On the tech front Active Brake Assist (autonomous braking when in reverse) is now standard, as is a backup camera. Dynamic Select is also present and allows the characteristics of the transmission, engine and steering to be modified at the touch of a button. Inside there’s new trim with a fancier infotainment screen and some other luxury bits and bobs.

On the AMG side LED headlights now come standard as does that nifty chrome grille. There are a bunch of subtle aero modifications as well, such as a restyled rear diffuser, front splitter and trunk lid spoiler. There are also two new light alloy wheels on offer and the cabin has been given a sprucing up (look at all that red!). Mercedes says the US is the CLA’s most important market so it’s little surprise these refreshed models are debuting in New York. We’ll know more about these pint-sized Mercs when the press days of the New York Auto Show kick off in a few weeks.

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