While the classic Mercedes-Benz CLS- whose design concept has generated more than its fair share of imitators since its debut in 2003 is still enthralling the world, further design development has given birth to the unmistakable looking Mercedes-Benz CLA. The powerfully dynamic design and interplay between concave and convex surfaces give the CLA its striking features.
The Authorised Distributor of Mercedes-Benz in Nigeria, Weststar, is set to introduce this four door coupe with its breathtakingly sporty proportions into the auto market. Drivers and passengers are bound to be drawn to its prominent features which include, the bonnet embedded in the front end with power domes and the diamond radiator grille. The light modules and LEDs behind the headlamp cover glass have been arranged in such a way as to create the characteristic “flare effect” for the daytime driving lights and indicators. This light signet defines the car’s energetic appearance and shapes a new Mercedes face.
According to Dr Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, “The CLA is a car that does not confuse mid range with mediocrity. Its powerful design underscores the sporty side of the Mercedes-Benz brand.”
The gently sloping roof contour and the pronounced, hallmark curvature of the rear window provides the CLA with a coupé-style character from the rear, too. The athletic impression from the rear results from the drawn-in C-pillars in conjunction with the shoulder muscle over the rear wheel arch linings. The tail lights are framed by the muscular lines of the shoulders which extend into the rear end, the horizontal orientation of the lights emphasizing the rear’s powerful and aesthetic breadth.
A large panoramic sliding sunroof is optionally available. This sunroof consists of a fixed polycarbonate cover at the front, a moving element made of mineral crystal and side trims to match the glass look.
The interior design also contributes to the very special feel of Class. This is due to the selection of high-quality and the available combinations of materials.
The instrument panel incorporates five round vents. The outer rings of the round vents have a high-quality electroplated silver-chrome finish. The airflow direction is governed by a galvanised insert that reveals a meticulous attention to detail. The free-standing display screen features a black piano-lacquer-look front panel in combination with the flush-fitting silver frame of the extended COMAND Online multimedia system.
The CLA is fitted with integral seats in the front and rear, underscoring its sporty character. The rear bench seat emphasises the outer seats (2+1 seater). Coloured contrasting stitching is available, according to the selected interior appointment options. A fibre-optic cable in the opening between head restraint and backrest is optionally available as part of the ambient lighting.
The standard equipment of the new CLA-Class is particularly generous with its air conditioning, 3-spoke multifunction steering wheel plus 12 function buttons, steering column adjustable in height and longitudinal direction, green-tinted heat-insulating glass, Audio 20 CD radio with dual tuner, colour display and MP3- WMA- AAC-capable CD drive, six speakers as well as Aux-in socket and USB interface in the centre armrest for external audio and video devices, A colour display between the two large dials in the instrument cluster is likewise standard ex-factory for the CLA.
In keeping with its sporty positioning, the CLA is available with high-torque turbo engines, sports suspension and the optional 4MATIC all-wheel drive. The technical highlights of this new design icon include a new world record in aerodynamics for series production automobiles (Cd value: 0.22) and numerous driving assistance systems, including the further-developed COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST which is able to warn the driver of an obstacle from a speed of 7 km/h and to initiate precision braking when the driver steps on the brake pedal. Established assistance systems, such as the Blind Spot Assist and Adaptive Highbeam Assist, are also available.
The CLA comes with the Direct Steer system. This electromechanical power steering offers improved feedback to the driver in comparison to conventional systems and makes an important contribution towards overall efficiency, as the steering assist function only requires energy when the steering wheel is actually turned. Additionally it enables various steering assistance functions which are activated by the ESP control unit.
For the CLA 180, which will be available at any of the Mercedes-Benz dealership network, the petrol engine displacement of 1.6 litres, covers an output spectrum of 90 kW (122 hp) and 200 Nm of Torque. CLA-Class accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 9.3 seconds and has a top speed of up to 210 km/h. The fuel consumption and CO2 emission figures of 5.4 l/100 km,
All engines feature the ECO start/stop function as standard. The engines are combined with a six-speed manual transmission or with the 7G-DCT dual clutch automatic transmission, which reconciles comfort and sportiness in inimitable fashion.
With optimum fuel consumption, low emissions and the world’s best Cd value for a series production vehicle of 0.22, the CLA-Class sets new benchmarks in efficiency in the medium-size category.
“Driving pleasure and efficiency need not be mutually exclusive. The same is equally true of breathtaking design and world-class aerodynamic drag values. In all four areas, the CLA-Class sets the benchmark in the medium-size category”, stated Professor Dr Herbert Kohler, Chief Environmental Officer at Daimler AG.