2013 Detroit Auto Show: 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250

2013 Detroit Auto Show: 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250

2013 Detroit Auto Show

What Is It?
2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250

What's Special About It?
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 is a front-drive, entry-level luxury car aimed at young, and new, Mercedes buyers. Smaller all around than the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the CLA is slotting into a niche that doesn't quite exist yet. Acura has been attacking front-drive near-luxury for years now. But with standard attention assist, MBrace2 in-vehicle technology suite with a 5.8-inch screen, rain-sensing wipers, Bluetooth, power driver seat with memory, MB-tex (fake leather) and floor mats, Mercedes is kicking things up a notch. BMW and Audi are also on the verge of launching premium compact cars in the U.S. in the near future.

Mercedes' new CLA isn't just an exercise in style, it's focused on efficiency as well. The CLA is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged and direct-injected four-cylinder producing 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The only available transmission is a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. When the car goes on sale this summer, the CLA will exist only as a front-driver, but all-wheel drive will be available in early 2014.

After that, the CLA will also be available as a CLA45 AMG, but no official information is available. Expect that car to be all-wheel drive only and pack a 300-hp turbocharged-4.

What Edmunds Says:
Merc's new baby CLS is sure to get buyers interested on looks alone, and with a starting price of $30,000 (estimated), Mercedes will have no problem selling its first front-driver in the U.S.

Unfortunately, those of you interested in seeing the CLA in the metal will have to wait. This car was shown at a pre-show party and will not be on display at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.

Base Price: $30,000 (est.)
Engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged, direct-injection inline-4
Gearbox: Seven-speed dual-clutch automatic
Power: 208 horsepower at 5,500 rpm, 258 pound-feet at 1,250-4,000 rpm
Fuel Mileage: N/A
Dimensions: 182.3-inch length, 70-inch width, 56.6-inch height. Wheelbase: 106.3 inches.

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