Mercedes-Benz will show the facelifted CLA Coupe at the 2016 New York Auto Show – and while the changes are far from extensive, Mercedes argues they’re just enough to polish a car that’s already doing good business in key markets.
Indeed, its debut in North America is no accident: this is the CLA’s single biggest market, with sales rising to nearly 30,000 last year. The smallest-ever Mercedes-Benz on sale in the U.S, Americans have quickly warmed to the CLA, hence the firm’s reluctance to change it too much.
Revisions are thus restricted to new, smoother bumpers front and rear, a black-finish diamond grille standard across the range and a larger selection of alloy wheel designs. There’s a new blue body colour too, pictured in our gallery.
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Inside, there’s more chrome, fresh seat trim and new instruments with red needles. Yes, detail changes indeed.
Perhaps the most standout detail change inside is the uprated infotainment screen. The surround is now slimmer and the glass cover has been uprated to make it look more modern and smartphone-like.
Under the bonnet, there’s an ultra-eco new CLA 180d BlueEfficiency Edition variant, whose 109hp turbodiesel emits just 89g/km. At the other end of the range, the Mercedes-CLA 45 AMG 4MATIC now produces 381hp (and gets a series of body styling tweaks to make it more aerodynamically efficient).
The Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupe will debut at NYIAS 2016, with the CLA Shooting Brake following at the Laureus World Sports Awards in April. Ordering for both models will also open in April; first deliveries will begin in July.