Please, Mercedes, let America have this one.
Even though Mercedes has just revealed the new A-Class, which will be sold in the US for the first time ever, it will not replace the outgoing CLA. Mercedes will continue to sell the outgoing CLA with a significant discount while it works on the next-generation model, which is expected to arrive in 2019 as a 2020 model.
From what we've seen, the next-generation CLA looks like a shrunken down version of the CLS. It will likely borrow the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder producing 221 horsepower from the A-Class and will almost certainly come in sportier AMG 35 and AMG 45 guises.
In addition to the four-door-coupe body style, Mercedes is also developing a replacement for the CLA Shooting Brake, which was never sold in the US. When Mercedes announced the discontinuation of the CLS Shooting brake, we feared the CLA Shooting Brake would also be on the chopping block. However, our spy photographers have just captured the first images of the upcoming CLA Shooting Brake testing. As expected, the CLA Shooting Brake looks nearly identical to what we've seen from the standard CLA in the front but replaces the trunk with a hatch.
Obviously, the shooting brake body style allows for more storage space in the rear. We also prefer the look of a shooting brake to a traditional sedan, even a four-door-coupe. Unfortunately, along with the A-Class hatchback, Mercedes has never brought any of its shooting brake models to the US.
Based on Mercedes' product roadmap, the regular CLA will debut in spring 2019 while the Shooting Brake will be revealed in the fall. We can only hope this new CLA Shooting Brake will make its way stateside but if the past is any indication, this beautiful creation will be for Europe only.