2014 - 2015 Mercedes CLA-Class

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  • Mercedes CLA-Class
  • Year:
    2014- 2015
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Transmission:
    Seven-Speed DCT
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    208 @ 5500
  • Torque @ RPM:
    258 @ 1250
  • Displacement:
    2.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    5 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    29900
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People have been talking about a baby CLS for quite some time now and after being caught testing in many times, the production version CLA-Class made its world debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.

Previewed by the Concept Style Coupe, the new CLA looks almost identical to the concept, but at the same time offers design elements that transform it into a "modern interpretation" of the CLS.

The best feature of the new model is its aerodynamic-drag figure of just 0.23, that sets a new benchmark among not only Mercedes models, but also all series-production vehicles. The model is also equipped with tons of technology that will transform each ride into a secure journey.

In the U.S. market Mercedes will only bring one version — the CLA250 — and sales will begin in the fall of 2013.

Updated 02/06/2013: We have just stumbled across a leaked file from Mercedes-Benz that everyone may be interested in. This new file is the U.S. Ordering Guide for the 2014 CLA-Class. You can find the guide after the jump.

Updated 07/01/2013: Mercedes placed an online configurator for the new CLA250 Coupe which will go on sale this fall. Go online and play with the exterior and interior colors, wheels and options! Additionally, we have updated this review with all of the new details that the configurator unveiled.

 

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8 Best All-Wheel-Drive Sedans of 2018 Under $35,000

8 Best All-Wheel-Drive Sedans of 2018 Under $35,000

You’re going to have a difficult time picking one from the others

There are no clear favorites when choosing the best all-wheel-drive sedan under $35,000. The important thing to remember here is to know what your preferences are. The Ford Fusion SE ($23,500), for example, is regarded for having a good amount of interior space to go with one of the most spacious trunk spaces — 16 cubic feet — among all sedans in its class. It also has a fuel economy rating of 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. If you’re not particularly into cavernous trunk spaces and instead prefer sedans that are known for their power and handling, the two Subarus could be in your future. The WRX ($26,995) has the most powerful base engine — a turbo-four unit that produces 268 horsepower — of its class, and while its fuel economy ratings aren’t anything to write about — 21 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway — it’s still regarded as one of the most dynamic cars in its class to drive.

The Subaru Legacy ($22,195), on the other hand, doesn’t have as powerful of an engine as the WRX. It’s 175-horsepower, four-cylinder unit is uninspiring compared to the WRX, but that’s likely a product of the Legacy sitting below its fellow Subie on the automaker’s totem pole. Still, the Legacy has a pretty spacious interior and returns one of the best fuel economy ratings among all models in its segment at 25 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. Then there’s the Kia Stinger ($31,900), a car many people consider as one of the future stars of its segment. Maybe it’s a byproduct of the Stinger being a new model that still gives it a fresh odor among buyers, but a big part of the Stinger’s appeal rests on its all-around quality. This model really is a star-in-the-making. Even with just the base version, you’re already getting a turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 255 horsepower at its disposal. Combine that with its own large cargo area — a whopping 23.3 cubic feet of space — and an engaging and athletic drive that’s pure fun for all of us, and it’s no wonder why the Stinger is one of the most sought-after all-wheel-drive models in the market today. All that despite the sedan only returning an EPA-estimated 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.

Four models in and the choices are about to get more difficult once you bring in Germany’s finest into the fold. The Audi A3 Premium and the Mercedes CLA 250 4Matic may be visitors from the Old Continent, but you’re going to quickly realize how at-home they make you feel once you get either one of them. The A3 Premium ($31,950) is one of the cheapest compact luxury cars on the market. In fact, the difference in price between the Stinger and the A3 Premium is a measly $50. As promising as the Stinger is, there’s a big population of people who will prefer an established model over an upstart. The A3 Premium is the base unit of the family, but it doesn’t feel like one, thanks in large part to having its fair share of luxury amenities. From leather upholstery to a panoramic sunroof to a 10-speaker audio system, they’re all there as standard equipment. About the only downside of the Audi sedan is that the Quattro all-wheel-drive system doesn’t come standard across the whole lineup. You’ll need to upgrade to the Quattro to have the most fun in the sedan. Doing so comes at the expense of a lower fuel economy rating — 24 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway — but that’s ultimately a small price to pay for all the fun you’re going to have driving it.

If the A3 isn’t your cup of tea, the Mercedes CLA 250 4Matic ($32,700 plus $2,000 to get the 4Matic AWD system) is a solid, albeit slightly more expensive option. Nobody needs to remind you what kind of model you have when you’re driving a Mercedes. The CLA 250 4Matic is teeming with luxury like only Mercedes can provide. It doesn’t have the same power figures as the A3 Premium — a four-cylinder turbocharged engine produces only 208 horsepower — but it does get some of its appeal back by how engaging it is to drive and by having one of the highest fuel economy ratings — 24 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway — of any sedan in its class. The last two sedans we’ll mention are both American bred, but like all the models we’ve mentioned, these two are special for entirely different reasons. The Chrysler 300 Touring ($28,995 plus $2,500 for an AWD version), for example, packs a punch with its 292-horsepower V-6 engine. It’s also one of the bigger sedans in its class, and that size comes into play in the spacious interior. Its fuel economy rating is average — 19 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway — but if you look past that, you’ll come to realize that the 300, despite all the negativity surrounding it, is a pretty fun ride, as well. Unfortunately for the 300, it’s still not as fun to drive as the Dodge Charger ($28,995). The meaty sports sedan packs a similar V-6 unit with an identical 292-horsepower output as the 300 Touring, but make no mistake; the Charger is a completely different animal when it comes to driving dynamics. Some people may not like it because it’s a little too wild for their capabilities, but those who have seen the Charger in action can vouch for what it’s capable of. Ultimately, choosing one sedan among these intriguing options is an exercise in futility. But if I were to choose one, my money’s going to the Kia Stinger. It isn’t as established as some of the other models here, but when you combine everything it has to offer with its starting price, there’s no better value for money than Kia’s new performance-oriented sedan.

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2020 Mercedes-AMG CLA 45

2020 Mercedes-AMG CLA 45

Merc’s entry-level performance sedan is getting some good camera time

A fresh batch of spy photos of the upcoming Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 has come to light. As expected, the new photos show very little of the model’s prototype. The sedan’s entire surface area is covered in wraps, though, so expect plenty of aesthetic changes to happen to the updated model. Mercedes-AMG has yet to pinpoint a specific debut for the for the upcoming CLA model, but all signs seem to indicate a 2019 launch timetable. As for the AMG CLA 45, that should happen a little later in the same year. Either way, the fact that the test mule has already made a few appearances indicates that development of the model is now in full swing.

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Ranked: The Most Powerful Four-Cylinder Production Cars (and One From 1911)

Ranked: The Most Powerful Four-Cylinder Production Cars (and One From 1911)

Right now, the car world is swamped with turbocharged engines. This means high specific output per liter of capacity, lots of torque, massive horsepower numbers and incredible specs for the cars equipped with such tech. While trying to figure out how to present the most powerful four-cylinder production cars, I thought of listing them by the highest specific output of the engine. Yet, listing five with 350+ horsepower feels more fun. It is quite incredible to see to what lengths the producers are willing to go in order to convince us that turbocharging and four-cylinder engines are just enough for basically anything, including high-end performance. These five cars with four-cylinder engines have so much power they will make you forget about a V-8.

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The Best Cars Under $35,000

The Best Cars Under $35,000

These rides should be no-brainer purchases if you’re on a budget

For a lot of us, buying a car comes with a lot of anxiety, especially when it comes to models that are going to cost a lot of money. But there are some models in the market that provide us with what we want out of a vehicle at costs that aren’t going to burn holes in our pockets. These models can either be attractive, have posh interiors, provide ample amounts of power, or are just fun to drive. In some cases, some cars check off more than just one criteria, though all of them have one common factor among them. They all cost at or less than $35,000.

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2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA

2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA

The second-gen model is well on its way to being production ready

Mercedes previewed the CLA-Class with the Concept Style Coupe, then a year later showed up at the Detroit Auto Show with the very first CLA-Class – a new entry-level model and the true baby of the Mercedes lineup. It’s essentially as CLS sized down a bit but features that trending four-door coupe body style that we’ve had to get used to. With that said, the CLA has been around for a while now, and 2020 will be the mark for the second-gen model to hit the market. That means it will debut in 2019, but that doesn’t matter because we’re already getting a good look at it now, and it looks very much like its bigger brother, the CLS. It will ride on the same platform as the new Mercedes A-Class and will even get the same engine lineup – including a pair of over-powered and brawny-for-their-size AMG models.

Update 07/25/2018: The Mercedes CLA has finally dropped some of its camo and was found playing on the Nurburgring. There’s still some time before it makes its debut but check out the spy shots section below to see the latest developments.

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2017 Mercedes CLA180 Star Wars Edition

2017 Mercedes CLA180 Star Wars Edition

May the 4th be with you, lucky customers in Japan

You know a film franchise has become completely larger than life when businesses from unrelated sectors are trying to attach their names on a fan-created celebratory day that itself has taken a life of its own. This is what Star Wars has become and the importance of today, May 4, among the franchise’s legion of fans has spurred companies to celebrate “May the 4th Be With You” on their own terms. Take Mercedes-Benz for example. The German automaker has been involved with the franchise in the past in some capacity, but now it’s taking its involvement to new heights with the introduction of a pair of special edition CLA180 models that celebrate Star Wars Day.

This is not a gimmick, people. These two special edition Mercedes CLA180 models are legitimate, and they’re set to be offered as exclusives in Japan. Yes, Japan’s getting another special edition car. Different issue for a different day though. What’s important is that Japanese customers who are interested in the new special edition CLA180 actually have a choice of getting a car that’s inspired by either Darth Vader or a Stormtrooper. More importantly, both versions come packed with plenty of Star Wars references so no matter what color of the CLA180 is chosen, buyers will get their fill of Star Wars-related features on both models. About the only downside to these SEs is the aforementioned lack of availability in other markets. I don’t know if Mercedes knows this, but Star Wars has one of the biggest fan bases in the world. It would’ve probably been a better idea to offer a Star Wars-inspired SE model in more markets than just Japan.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Mercedes CLA180 Star Wars Edition.

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2016 Mercedes-AMG CLA45 By Schmidt Revolution

2016 Mercedes-AMG CLA45 By Schmidt Revolution

German tuner mixes subtle changes with nice power upgrade to level up the sedan’s credentials

A lot of people love the Mercedes-AMG CLA45. At the same time, a lot of other people don’t like it (hate’s a strong word, isn’t it?). Whichever side of the fence you’re on, there’s no denying that the AMG CLA45 is a car that’s ripe for an aftermarket program. Schmidt Revolution isn’t the biggest tuning name in the business, but it has developed a few humdingers over the years. Safe to say, the tuner knows what it’s doing, and that’s all coming to play with its new program for the AMG CLA45 that’s highlighted by an engine upgrade that gives the sedan a stout 400 horsepower.

The program as a whole is simple yet refined. That’s a good mix for a car that suffers from its own identity crisis, albeit through no fault of its own. Schmidt smartly went against overdoing the modifications in lieu of a more purposeful upgrade that gave the AMG CLA45 a consistent look to go with improved performance credentials.

The kit isn’t going to set any speed records, but with the changes in place, it helps turn the AMG CLA45 become the kind of high-performance sedan that can live up to its AMG name.

Continue after the jump to read the full review.

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2016 Mercedes-Benz CLA With AMG Accessories

2016 Mercedes-Benz CLA With AMG Accessories

AMG announces a few body upgrades for the revised Mercedes CLA

The Mercedes CLA is only a few years old, having debuted at the Detroit Auto Show back in 2013, but Mercedes found it only right to give the car a facelift for the 2017 model year. With that facelift came some updated styling that includes new front and rear fascias, new wheels, a new paint finish, and some new interior trim pieces. Of course, the car was updated to match Mercedes’ current design language, but we knew it would only be a matter of time before the German brand would start dropping new items into the accessories bin for the CLA. And, it has already started, with the new accessories being showcased on the car you see here – a Mercedes CLA with AMG Accessories.

The accessories are available for the CLA 250 Sport and any CLA model that sports the AMG logo. For now, there isn’t a whole lot to talk about, but the car can now be equipped with what some might refer to as a body kit, some side stripes, and a new set of wheel hub covers that are actually pretty darn cool. While none of these accessories will make the little car any faster, they do increase the curb appeal and give it a sportier appearance – even if the new kit isn’t what you would consider extreme.

So, let’s take a look at the new accessories and what they mean for the CLA. If you’re thinking about getting your hands on a refreshed model, you’ll certainly want to consider the accessories if you intend to stand out from the pack a little.

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2017 Mercedes-AMG CLA45 Shooting Brake

2017 Mercedes-AMG CLA45 Shooting Brake

The sleek-looking compact wagon received its mid-cycle facelift

In recent years, Mercedes-Benz made huge steps toward expanding its vehicle lineup. Its new products not only gave the Germans access to previously unexplored markets, but also helped create completely new segments. One such model was the CLA. Introduced in 2013 as a smaller and affordable proposition to the sleek CLS, the CLA was a huge success in both Europe and the U.S. in its first two years on the market. In 2014, Mercedes added a wagon to the CLA lineup, calling it the Shooting Brake.

Also a smaller version of the CLS Shooting Brake, the coupe-styled compact wagon received an AMG version in 2015, powered by the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder used in the A45 AMG. For 2016, the CLA Shooting Brake received the more powerful engine from the facelifted hot-hatch. Only a year has passed since then, and Mercedes has prepared yet another upgrade for the Shooting Brake.

Unveiled alongside its standard sibling and sedan versions, the AMG CLA45 Shooting Brake receives its first mid-cycle facelift. Not surprisingly, modifications are mild and include revised bumper sections, new wheels, and new trim for the interior. Unfortunately, there is no word whether the Shooting Brake will finally come to the U.S. or not. Given that most automakers have quit selling wagons Stateside, chances are this sleek grocery getter won’t cross the pond to the U.S. for many years to come. Still, the CLA45 Shooting Brake is a unique vehicle worth checking out and that’s exactly what we’ll do in the review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Mercedes-AMG CLA45 Shooting Brake.

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2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake

2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake

With station wagons losing ground to the ever-growing crossover segment, shooting brakes aren’t doing very well either. Things are worse in the U.S., where very few automakers still offer wagon or shooting brake body styles. Mercedes-Benz is the only brand that can brag about offering two shooting brakes (based on the CLA and CLS), but neither of them are available in North America.

With the CLA sedan selling like hot cakes in the U.S., Mercedes’ decision to not offer the CLA Shooting Brake on these shores is difficult to explain. And while we’re trying to figure that out, Europe is welcoming an updated version of the sleek wagon.

That’s right, Mercedes-Benz isn’t letting its CLA-Class age ungracefully. No, the German automaker is already refreshing the car for the 2017 model year, only four years since its introduction in 2013.

We’ve been closely following the revamped CLA-Class through its development. But spy shots of camouflage-covered test mules and rumors winding through the industry have finally given way to official photographs and press releases. So what does this mid-cycle refresh mean for the shooting brake version of the CLA? Keep reading to find out.

Update 03/17/2016: Mercedes has unveiled the 2017 CLA Shooting Brake. This mid-cycle refresh follows the CLA sedan in offering an updated exterior and new interior trim work.

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2017 Mercedes-AMG CLA45

2017 Mercedes-AMG CLA45

Muscle-bound baby Benz gets a new look and more gear

Back in January of 2013, Mercedes-Benz pulled the sheets on the CLA Class at the North American International Auto Show. The car was a bit of a gamble for the German automaker, combining a compact, entry-level platform with four doors and a fastback coupe roofline. The formula ended up working and the CLA went on to be a smash hit, selling in record numbers across the globe. Alongside more pedestrian specifications was the hotrod AMG model, which packed in aggressive styling, driver-oriented interior amenities, sharper suspension, and a serious power boost. Last year, the AMG CLA45 got even more underhood performance, and now, Mercedes is giving it a refresh with new body components and new cabin equipment.

Overall, it’s a pretty mild update for the four-door coupe, but considering the car’s popularity, not to mention last year’s horsepower infusion, Mercedes didn’t need to do much to keep the buyers rolling in.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Mercedes-AMG CLA45.

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2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA

2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA

Mercedes gave the CLA a facelift, and it looks awesome

The Mercedes CLA made was first unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show just three years ago, and it was an immediate success with more than 100,000 units sold globally in its first year of production. After just a couple years, we started seeing spy shots of an updated, camouflaged model doing some on-road testing, with the most recent being in December of 2015. Mercedes didn’t waste any time on the facelift and has finally released official information about the restyled compact luxury sedan.

This facelift brought a decent list of updated styling inside and out, including new front and rear bumpers, new wheels, new interior trim pieces, and there is even a new paint option to talk about. On the outside, the CLA takes on Mercedes’ newest design language, which gives this little luxury sedan one of the sportiest looks out there. We originally thought we would see the car in the metal at the Geneva Auto Show, but the debut was slightly delayed and is now scheduled to debut at the New York Auto Show later this month.

The new CLA with hit U.S. dealerships in the third quarter of this year, so you should be able to get your hands on one sometime this summer or early fall at the soonest. While the official debut is still a little over a week away, Mercedes has released some official pictures of the updated CLA, so let’s take a good look at those pictures and see just what Merc did to make the CLA even better than it was.

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2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA Unveiled

2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA Unveiled

A few nips and tucks for the luxury compact

Mercedes just dropped details on the refreshed CLA a week before its big debut in New York. The changes are minimal, but do include a few tweaks to the styling, plus new amenities for the cabin.

Let’s start with the exterior, where both the sedan and shooting brake model receive new bumpers, a standard black diamond grille, and new wheels. Silver, chrome, or black trim can be found on the nose, while the rear can be optioned with a selection of trim between the bumper-integrated exhaust tips. There’s also a new exterior paint option (cavansite blue metallic), plus five different 18-inch wheel designs, including a new five-spoke roller from AMG. LED headlights are available.

Convenience features include a hands-free loading system, and AMG models even get an optional trailer hitch.

Inside, there are new upholstery options, such as a beige/black leather combo, while the interior trim gets finishes like a sail-look, black ash wood, black microfiber, and honeycomb aluminum. There are also chrome-plated controls, new dials and needles for the gauges, and enhanced smartphone connectivity. Infotainment is routed through a new, slimmer 8-inch display screen.

The CLA’s various drivetrains are unchanged in the refresh. Eco warriors will enjoy the CLA 180 d BlueEfficiency Edition, which has a 109-horsepower engine that emits just 89 g/km of CO2, while those looking for something sportier should check out the AMG model, which ups the aggressive styling outside and incorporates 381 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque under the hood.

The 2017 CLA Coupe will make its debut at the New York International Auto Show next week, while the Shooting Brake version will debut during the Laureus World Sports Awards in Berlin this April. Order books will open in April, with deliveries commencing in July.

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2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG By Loewenstein

2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG By Loewenstein

As one of the newest models in the Mercedes-AMG lineup, the CLA45 AMG has a lot to live up to. Fortunately for Mercedes-AMG, the performance-oriented sedan has been up-to-task with that, as it has established itself as a worthy competitor to more established rivals like the BMW M3 and the Audi S3. Owners of the CLA45 AMG have very little to worry about the car, and now, they have even more reasons to celebrate now that Loewenstein has introduced its first tuning kit for the sedan.

In line with its past works, the German tuner focused its attention on giving the CLA45 AMG improved performance capabilities. That’s the focus of the program, although a new wide body aero kit, a new set of wheels, and a carbon fiber-dressed interior are also part of the checklist. Overall, its a relatively comprehensive kit that touches on a lot of important aspects of the CLA45 AMG. There are no suspension modifications and that’s a little bit disappointing. But, given the variety of options it had on how best to approach the CLA45 AMG, I’d say that Loewenstein did a really good job at improving as much as it could on the car without disregarding its “AMG-ness”.

Loewenstein didn’t offer any pricing information about the program so prospective customers are advised to contact the tuner directly to get a quote on the tuning kit.

Continue reading to learn more about the Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG By Loewenstein.

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2016 Mercedes CLA45 AMG Shooting Brake

2016 Mercedes CLA45 AMG Shooting Brake

With an affordable price tag and matching good looks, the 2014 to 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA became a popular item as soon as it hit showrooms. That success has inspired the Germans to expand the CLA lineup to include a beefed-up 2014 CLA45 AMG and a CLA Shooting Brake. With the former already on sale since the 2014 model year, Mercedes is finally rolling out wagon versions — Shooting Brakes, as the company likes to call them — for both four-door coupe models. The CLA45 AMG Shooting Brake breaks cover as we enter the 2015 model year, with its public debut set to take place at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.

With the CLA45 AMG already available in U.S. dealerships, the Shooting Brake model is as familiar as it gets, with only the longer roofline and sloping tailgate setting it apart from its sedan sibling. The AMG-badged wagon is both powerful and fast, despite being a massive departure from AMG’s traditional V-8 and V-12 powerplant strategy with its 2.0-liter four-banger. You might as well call it the CLS63 AMG Shooting Brake’s baby brother; no one will mind. Read on for the full details.

Updated 08/28/2015: For the 2016 model year, the CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake receives the same output as the facelifted 2015 Mercedes-AMG A45 AMG, meaning that it gets to play with 381 horsepower instead of 360 horsepower, while the 0-62 mph acceleration takes place in 4.3 seconds.

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2015 Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake

2015 Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake

The Mercedes CLA-Class is one of Mercedes’ baby models, having only been around since 2013. The compact four-door luxury sedan immediately became one of the company’s most popular models, selling over 100,000 units in just it first year. Mercedes even called it its “best launch in 20 years,” which is no small feat considering the multitude of successful models the company has released in that time. Not surprisingly, the success of the CLA gave Mercedes the idea of expanding the family to include the CLA Shooting Brake. So, here we are.

Launched at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, the CLA Shooting Brake was presented as a solution for customers in the market for an entry-level luxury wagon. It currently sits just below 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake, but carries with it a lot of the design elements from the 2014-2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupe.

On its face, the CLA Shooting Brake shows a lot of promise. It has the trademark Mercedes engineering on its side and more importantly, it’s priced reasonably enough to make it affordable even for those who would’ve been priced out by the CLS Shooting Brake.

But other than style and pricing, is the CLA Shooting Brake really good enough to warrant a purchase? Or is it simply a premature expansion of a new model that might have been better off sticking to what it was in the beginning?

Continue reading to learn more about the Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake.

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Mercedes-Benz Plans AMG Sport Model Growth

Mercedes-Benz Plans AMG Sport Model Growth

With the Stuttgart carmaker recently adding the C450 AMG 4Matic and GLE450 AMG 4Matic Coupe to its "AMG Sport" stable, it seems that an avalanche of similar cars will be launched in the upcoming years, consisting of both smaller and larger Mercedes-Benz models. The information comes from the Aussies at Motoring, who recently had a chat with Mercedes-AMG boss Tobias Moers.

Moers let it slip that a dramatic expansion of the model lineup doesn’t make him afraid of diminishing the AMG brand’s appeal, exclusivity or niche status. "I don’t care about the niche brand, I don’t even care about the exclusive brand," he told Motoring at the C63 and C450 AMG press event. "AMG is the performance and sports car brand of Mercedes-Benz cars and if you bring cars to the market which are representing the AMG approach and attitude - driving performance - in that segment, then you don’t have a problem with the brand." Moers continued.

Interestingly, the Mercedes-AMG boss also talked about the C450 AMG’s only direct rival, making it sound like there are no worries in the Affalterbach camp. "If you step into the sport model segment with the C 450 - if it comes to a competitive test with our competitors, a comparison with the Audi S5 or whatever - then our car must be in front." That said, more AMG Sport models with no direct predecessors are set to appear in both the compact range and the upcoming E-Class.

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Mercedes CLA Commercial Brings W196 Racecar Back Into Focus: Video

Mercedes CLA Commercial Brings W196 Racecar Back Into Focus: Video

With global sales on the rise in each and every market, including the U.S., Mercedes-Benz decided to capitalize on this and bring everyone’s attention to their least-expensive offering in the U.S., the CLA four-door coupe. But since December 2014, the CLA250 no longer starts at under $30,000, as its U.S. pricing has gone up, likely thanks to increased demand. But even a little "over" $30,000 still sounds great next to $30 million, right? I’ll buy two!

The new CLA commercial was shot at the Mercedes-Benz proving-ground test track in Untertürkheim, Germany, which is famous for its 90 degree bank. Every driver that has experienced the turn has said that it feels very much like riding the so-called "Wall of death," and after seeing footage from there I can believe it.

The commercial’s premise is not exactly groundbreaking, since it simply accentuates that the CLA250 is still pretty cheap for a Mercedes-Benz, especially when compared with the W196R that not long ago auctioned for just under $30 million. The humor is lacking a bit, sadly, but the point still stands – the CLA is the cheapest Mercedes-Benz that you can buy in the U.S. For many buyers, that’s probably all that matters.

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Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake Goes Into Production

Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake Goes Into Production

Not long after Mercedes-Benz introduced the world to the swoopy and affordable CLA, we began hearing whispers of a more practical Shooting Brake version that would soon make its way to dealers. The First CLA began rolling off assembly lines in January of 2013, and now just two years later, Mercedes has officially announced that the Shooting Brake variant of the new CLA is in production at the same Kecskemét plant.

With a full 27,000 units of the standard CLA sold in the U.S. last year, double from 2013, and record sales around the globe, Mercedes is poised for huge growth worldwide and they are hoping that the increased practicality of the Shooting Brake will help push those numbers. Sadly for those of us here in the States we still have no confirmation of the long-roof version will actually make it to our shores.

If you live in Europe, Asia or one Mercedes’ other large markets you can start ordering your CLA Shooting Brake in one of six models ranging from the CLA 180 up to the AMG tuned CLA 45 AMG version. Retail price in Germany is €29,809.50 for the base 180 and go up to €57,268.75 for the AMG model.

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Holiday Gift Idea: Mercedes-AMG Limited Edition "White Series" Scale Models

Holiday Gift Idea: Mercedes-AMG Limited Edition "White Series" Scale Models

Mercedes-AMG models cost a lot of money, so not everybody can afford to get one this Holiday season. But Mercedes-Benz Accessories is giving buyers a less expensive alternative with the release of five exclusive Mercedes-AMG "White Series" scale models. These limited-edition 1:18 scale models were created by model car design specialist GT Spirit right down the model’s minutest of details. The first batch of releases cover the first five models of the series, featuring AMG vehicles like the A45 AMG Edition 1, the CLA 45 AMG Edition 1, the C63 AMG Black Series, the CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake, and the G65 AMG.

The details behind the creation of the scale models are pretty impressive. GT Spirit actually used 70 to 100 different parts to create these pint-sized mirror images of the actual AMG vehicles. All five models were also given designo diamond-bright white bodies, the same finish all of the real-life AMG models currently offer. A special polyurethane-resin was also used on the body of the models, creating intricate details specifically taken from their full-sized counterparts. Lastly, each of the scale models were given AMG metal plates that show the individual numbering of the specific piece. The numbers go from 0001 to 1000, driving home the point that these scale models come with a lot of exclusivity.

More AMG models are expected to follow suit until GT Spirit runs the entire gamut of Mercedes-AMG’s portfolio. For now, these five models are what’s available and each one of them costs €119 ($148 as of 12/11/2014) per piece. If you’re interested in any one of these models as holiday presents, you can check for their availability at any one of Mercedes-Benz’s sales partners.Unfortunately, although you can buy these scale models now, you’ll have to gift wrap a picture, as they do not ship until January 2015.

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2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG Shooting Brake OrangeArt Edition

2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG Shooting Brake OrangeArt Edition

Mercedes has spoiled us with a handful of Edition 1 models in 2013 and 2014, but the German automaker is taking a different approach with the new 2016 CLA45 AMG Shooting Brake. Instead of slapping another “Edition 1” badge on the new sporty wagon, Mercedes has opted to coin this first edition series the OrangeArt Edition.

As its name implies, the OrangeArt Edition comes with a handful of upgrades, particularly the orange accents spread throughout the exterior and interior of the car. The orange accents may have been used more as a complementary color to the dark-grey body of the CLA45 AMG Shooting Brake but the implications are pretty clear. These orange accents are largely responsible for breaking the ashen look of the wagon and bring some vibrancy to its appearance.

In the end, Mercedes’ objective to introduce a limited series for a new model remains the same. The approach is also pretty similar, too. It’s just a matter of getting used to calling this CLA45 AMG Shooting Brake by its proper name. So don’t get it twisted; it’s not an Edition 1 model. It’s the Mercedes CLA45 AMG Shooting Brake OrangeArt Edition.

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Filling the Gaps: Mercedes New Naming System Analyzed

Filling the Gaps: Mercedes New Naming System Analyzed

Mercedes-Benz is planning some pretty major updates to the entirety of its product line. In a bid to fill every nook and cranny of the luxury auto market with some form of the three-pointed star, the company recently announced its intention to release eleven all-new models over the course of the next five years, which is in addition to ten new plug-in hybrids scheduled for release in the next three years.

To help sort through the glut of new cars, Mercedes has come up with a fresh nomenclature system that will be applied to all upcoming releases going into 2015. This system differentiates between vehicles via one to three upper case letters, which designate the car type (“GL” for SUVs/off-roaders, “CL” for four-door coupes, “SL” for roadsters, etc.) and core model series (A, E, S, etc.), plus lower case letters for the drive system (“d” for diesel, “h” for hybrid, etc.).

With this information in hand, we can breakdown the future model lineup with relative confidence, filling in the gaps as we go.

What new models will we see coming from Mercedes? Read on to find out.

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Spy Shots: Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake Reveals All its Secrets

Spy Shots: Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake Reveals All its Secrets

Mercedes-Benz’s upcoming CLA Shooting Brake has yet again been spotted by spy photographers, this time trotting down the German Autobahn. While this isn’t our first time seeing the car running about, these shots to reveal nearly every bodyline on the car’s rear flanks. Unfortunately, the Benz darted down an off-ramp before any more photos could be captured.

The CLA Shooting Brake, codenamed X117, has been in the works since the Mercedes pulled the covers off the CLA sedan for the 2014 model year. Rumor has it we can expect the upcoming CLA to debut at the 2015 Detroit Motor Show this coming January with sales starting a few months later in March. Sadly, the official word is still out on whether Mercedes will bring the CLA Shooting Brake to the States.

Customers around the world will enjoy the same powertrain options in the Shooting Brake as in the standard CLA, including the turbocharged four-cylinders and diesels. Speculation would also suggest Mercedes would transplant the CLA 45 AMG’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder powerplant into the Shooting Brake. With 355 horsepower and a 0-to-60-mph time of 4.4 seconds, we can only hope.

The lack of camo on this test mule shows Mercedes is very close to having a production-ready version. And with the rumored Detroit launch only a few months away, that is likely the case.

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Mercedes Boosts CLA-Class Stock in the U.S.

Mercedes Boosts CLA-Class Stock in the U.S.

Mercedes-Benz increased production capacity for the CLA four-door coupe back in May 2014 in an attempt to increase the dwindling supply that has affected U.S. sales recently. The increased production proved a huge hit, as sales peaked in July and August. Today, Daimler is taking is a step with CEO Dieter Zetsche confirming the U.S. will get additional CLA sedans, but he refrained from giving specific numbers, Automotive News reports.

Zetsche hopes the additional units will help increase CLA sales in the U.S., a market that has been affected by a tight supply since spring 2014, after the initial allocation sold out. "We could have sold twice as many vehicles, easily, compared to our planning," he said at a press event.

CLA sales in the States peaked at 4,895 units in October 2013 and dropped below 2,000 examples starting February 2014. Deliveries picked up to more than 2,000 units a year in July and August after recording a 1,214-unit low in May, but the Germans are far from meeting U.S. demand.

The baby CLS is made at the Kecskemet factory in Hungary, which added a third shift in May 2014.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 Sport Package Plus

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 Sport Package Plus

With a sleek, muscular appearance, and 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of twist at its disposal, the Mercedes-Benz CLA250 is far from being unattractive. Sure, it’s not as powerful and mean-looking as the CLA45 AMG, but if you’re aiming for something a bit more special and can’t afford the range-topping model, than the company’s brand-new Sport Package Plus is an option you should consider.

Transferred from Europe where it was launched under the Sport moniker last year, the Sport Package Plus comes to enhance the visuals and some of the internal bits of the U.S.-spec Mercedes-Benz CLA250. A new front bumper, red contrasts inside and out, new wheels, new sports seats, and AMG-prepped front axle and suspension highlight this compelling package. It brings a bit of CLA45 AMG-like handling to the base CLA250 and adds a touch of sportiness to its body and cabin without overdoing it.

It’s available on both the front-wheel-drive and 4MATIC versions, and goes on sale later this year. In the meantime, let’s have a look at all the details surrounding this new bundle.

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Video: 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake Spied Testing on Nurburgring

Video: 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake Spied Testing on Nurburgring

Confirmed since April 2013, and spotted testing in Germany and Sweden several times since then, the upcoming Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake has hit the Nurburgring track. Still wearing a camouflaged rear end, the shooting brake was caught while being pushed to the limit on the iconic German track. Mercedes engineers are looking to wrap things up before the assembly line fires up, and, as things stand, the sexy compact is quite the nimble machine.

Derived from the CLA — the most aerodynamic vehicle in its class — the CLA Shooting Brake not only inherits the sedan’s sleek appearance and low drag coefficient, but it looks like it’s getting all the driving dynamics that come with the Mercedes-Benz badge. It’s fast, cuts corners like a sports car and remains planted at high speeds. Granted, this is what customers expect to receive when buying an aerodynamic shooting brake, and the Germans are making sure no one will be disappointed.

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Video: BMW M235i vs Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG

Video: BMW M235i vs Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG

MotorTrend has gotten very good at head to head video reviews, and their latest one is no exception. This time, the new BMW M235i goes up against the Mercedes CLA45 AMG. Both cars represent the smaller, more nimble side of each automaker’s lineup, but still pack a punch under the hood. Check out the video above to see who Motor Trend crowns the victor. The winner just might surprise you.

Staffer Jonny Lieberman starts out carving canyon roads in both cars. Turns out, he’s quite fond of the BMW’s power output from the 3.0-liter, inline-six and its eight-speed automatic. As a whole, the car looks better than the old 1 Series, as Jonny heralds it as having the best looking BMW front end in a long time. The BMW seems to have only one major drawback: its brakes. Though the do stop a few feet shorter than the CLA45 AMG’s, they tend to fade and have inconsistent pedal feel. Otherwise, the M235i appears to be a hoot to drive with its drift-happy rear end.

Conversely, the CLA45 AMG produces more power from its 2.0-liter, turbocharged, inline four-cylinder, coming in at 360 horses and 331 pound-feet. Adding to its bag of tricks are its superb brakes with good pedal feel and fade-free stopping power. The car’s biggest downfall — dynamics-wise — is its understeer. Though its minimal compared to a regular sedan, the Mercedes just doesn’t grip the road in the same manner as the BMW. On a more subjective side, Jonny shares his distaste for the CLA’s coupe-like sloping roofline and stubby rear end.

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Video: Drive Reviews The 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG

Video: Drive Reviews The 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG

The new Mercedes CLA is having unimaginable success, and the company was forced to double production to meet the demand around the globe. We are talking about the standard version here, of course, but we’re pretty sure that the AMG version will enjoy the same success.

With a price of under $50k, the new CLA 45 AMG will be pretty much the only Mercedes that will allow the "average" customer to enter the world of high-performance sedans.

In the latest review made by Drive’s Mike Musto, he wants to see if the CLA 45 AMG is indeed the sports sedan Mercedes brags about. The test was performed at the Chuckwalla Valley Raceway in California.

As a reminder, the CLA 45 AMG is powered by an AMG-built, 2.0-liter, turbo engine that delivers a total of 360 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds and up to a top speed of 155 mph.

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Video: Drive Has a Look at the Mercedes-Benz CLA250

Video: Drive Has a Look at the Mercedes-Benz CLA250

Everyone knows that the new Mercedes CLA has had great success since its release, and as a result, Mercedes is having difficulties fulfilling orders for its newest four-door coupe. We know that is looks good and has a great starting price for a Benz, but what else makes this car so special?

In the latest episode of Drive, Matt Farah tries to answer to this question. Of course, he does find out that the CLA suffers from the usual problems of a small car, including limited rear headroom, limited rear legroom and not the most spirited performance from its 208-horsepower four-pot, but the general impression is very good.

The new CLA250 is definitely the cheapest Mercedes you will find on the market, but notches a few other benefits, including being the most aerodynamic mass-production vehicle in the world, coming with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and featuring a highly equipped and quiet cabin.

Check out the above video to see what else Matt thinks of the CLA250.

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2014 Mercedes CLA250 by D2 Autosport

2014 Mercedes CLA250 by D2 Autosport

The Mercedes CLA250 hasn’t seen too many aftermarket upgrade since its launch in 2013, which is a clear indication that aftermarket companies are working hard to develop kits that accent this awesome sedan without taking away from its natural beauty. The few updates that we have seen were limited to just exterior upgrades, and this remains the same with the latest upgrade coming from the D2 Autosport.

The upgrades that D2 Autosport adds to the new entry-level Mercedes give this luxury sedan a more aggressive appearance without distracting you from its sexy lines. The upgrades include a piano black lower bumper insert, a new grille and surround, black headlight surrounds, and black mirror casings. Also added to the white example that D2 rolled out is a contrasting black roof, black badges, black tailpipes and a set of 18-inch, multi-spoke alloy wheels in black.

D2 did not upgrade the drivetrain at all, so this CLA250 still produces the stock 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque from its 20.-liter engine.

The upgrade kit also includes new side stripes and a custom, three-piece rear spoiler that suits the new look just perfectly. The full upgrade cost $7,000.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA Having Tons of Success, Resulting in Low Inventory

What is everyone wishing for Christmas? By the looks of the sales reports, the answer is a Mercedes CLA, as they are becoming rather difficult to get a hold of at dealerships.

Of course this does not come as a big surprise to us, because we were sure the CLA would be a huge hit right from the moment we first laid eyes upon it. It features an elegant look — the best of all the Mercedes sedans in our opinion — offers a highly equipped interior, and a carries a very competitive base price of $29,900.

In a letter addressed to its dealers, Mercedes officials announced that from February to June 2014, they should expect “tight inventories and low days supply” because the car’s "overwhelming success." The company’s plant is at full capacity, but even so, Mercedes has problems satisfying all the requests.

Mercedes itself called the new CLA the best launch they had in the past 20 months, as it enjoyed "phenomenal success right out of the gate." In fact the new CLA is one of the models that helped Mercedes to pass BMW for the first time in a very long time — in the first 10 months of 2013, Mercedes sold 245,145 cars in the U.S., which was 5,000 more than BMW sold.

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Spy Shots: 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake Begins Winter Testing

Last week, the upcoming Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake was, once again, caught testing on public roads in Stuttgart, Germany. Now, Mercedes has taken it for another testing session, but this time on the roads of Arjeplog in Northern Sweden, for a little winter testing.

It’s no surprise to see the Mercedes CLA receiving a shooting brake version, considering it is the baby-brother of the CLS, which also has a shooting brake version.

As for the CLA Shooting Brake, it will feature a design language similar to the sedan, with except of that sweet shooting brake tail, which looks identical to the CLS Shooting Brake’s tail.

Under its hood, the upcoming CLA Shooting Brake will feature the same engine lineup as the sedan, including a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine offered in two output levels — 121 horsepower and 154 horsepower — and an AMG version with a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder unit that delivers 330 horsepower.

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Spy Shots: 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake Up Close

Shortly after Mercedes unveiled the new CLA sedan, Gordon Wagener — the company’s head of design — announced that a shooting brake version was just around the corner. Still, ever since the announcement was made back in April, we never caught the CLA Shooting Brake out testing.

Today, however, our spy photographers got lucky and the model was spied up close wearing very little camouflage. In fact, we’re not too sure why Mercedes to tried hide it, because the CLA Shooting Brake’s back end will be basically identical to the CLS Shooting Brake, while the front end retains the CLA look.

As for the engine and gearbox lineup, expect it to borrow the sedan’s 1.6-liter turbocharged engines offered in two output levels, one with 121 horsepower and one with 154 horsepower. Rumors suggest that we will also see an AMG version offered with the same 2.0-liter, four-cylinder unit that delivers 330 horsepower.

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MB Nearly Doubles Production of AMG CLA-Class

The fact that both the new Mercedes A45 and CLA45 AMG models are enjoying a great success should be no surprise to anyone. After all this is the first time AMG is offering reasonable priced cars and also is the first time an AMG model is offered by an inline-four engine.

In a recent interview with Motoring, Mercedes-Benz AMG boss Tobias Moers confirmed that the company itself was a little bit surprised by the huge success the two models are enjoying: "For sure when you enter a new segment there is much interest. I was not surprised at the success of the cars... Well, maybe a little surprised... But the feedback from the distributors around the world for the next year [and beyond] – that was very surprising."

As a result, AMG will have to increase production to meet the expectations around the globe. You also have to keep in mind that next year Mercedes plans to introduce the new GLA 45 AMG model that will boost sales even more.

Moers also confirmed that the two models will not receive a Black Series version, because Black Series will be kept exclusive for the two-door models.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class by Vath

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class by Vath

The new CLA-Class is by far the coolest model launched by Mercedes in the past few years, so is no wonder that it is already enjoying a great success from tuners.

We have seen quite a few tuning kits ever since the model was dropped on the market, and the latest one comes today from the German tuner Vath Automobiltechnik.

As usual the kit offered by Vath includes updates to both the exterior and the interior of the car, but the most important one is being made under the hood. By remapping the engine electronics, adding a new sports exhaust system and installing a new air filter system the tuner managed to increase the four-cylinder’s output from 208 to 265 horsepower.

As a result the CLA 250 will now sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds and up to a top speed of 155 mph.

An increased output requires a more aggressive stance on the road, so the tuner is also offering a club sports coilovers that allows lowering the car’s ride by 20 (0.78 inches) to 65 millimeters (2.55 inches).

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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class by Carlsson

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class by Carlsson

The Mercedes CLA-Class has only been on the market less than a year, and it’s already gathering steam as one of the German brand’s most popular models.

That’s what happens when you have an affordable model that takes advantage of the esteemed history that Mercedes-Benz has in the industry. So with the CLA-Class gaining in popularity, the natural approach from aftermarket companies is to present programs that will only make the model more popular.

At the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show, Mercedes tuner extraordinaire Carlsson presented its first program for the CLA-Class. The usual tuning digs that Carlsson has been known to do are all present in Mercedes’ new four-door compact coupé at the IAA.

Exterior upgrades from Carlsson included a front spoiler that can be fitted with CLA models sporting the AMG sport package, an electro-polished stainless-steel grille insert can also be added as an option, contoured side sills and a new rear apron. The latter, in particular, has cutouts that were put there for the four polished tips of the tuner’s sports exhaust silencer, which functions in reducing backpressure, thus providing more horsepower for the four-door compact coupe.

A set of wheels are also offered in various sizes — 18-, 19- and 20-inch — and two wheel designs — the 1/10 and the 1/16 RS — both of which also come with special edition versions. Rounding out the mods to keep the CLA on the road are sport springs that lower the four-door coupe’s ride hight by 35 mm (1.38 inches).

Interior upgrades are left to the customer’s tastes, and include a choice of high-quality leather and Alcantara from in different colors, courtesy of Carlsson’s in-house "saddler." Other key interior options include new floor mats, alloy door-lock pins, illuminated sill plates and an alloy foot-pedal and footrest set.

For the performance program, Carlsson installed its new C-Tronic CB Plug & Drive module, connecting to the ECU through an adapter plug included in the kit. When installed, the kit drives up the output of the CLA200 to 187 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. The CLA250 also saw its output now hit 253 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque, while the top level CLA45 AMG nets a new output of 450 horsepower, up from its standard 360-horsepower output.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG Racing Series

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG Racing Series

Mercedes will prove its racing capabilities once again with the unveiling of a new CLA 45 AMG Racing Series at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. After its debut, the model will enter various international race series, such as national brand-specific trophies or the German VLN series.

Based on the standard CLA 45 AMG, the the Racing Series adds an aerodynamic package made in carbon fiber, a racing-prepared interior, and updated suspension and braking systems.

Just like with the SLS AMG GT3, the new CLA 45 AMG Racing Series was developed in cooperation with HWA AG, which was responsible for the development and race appearances of the AMG-Mercedes DTM cars.

"The CLA 45 AMG Racing Series demonstrates our desire to further increase our commitment to customer motorsport. We are also seeking to offer interested customer teams a competitive, near-standard racing car with an excellent level of safety in the popular four-cylinder segment."

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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 Sport

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 Sport

Mercedes is expanding its CLA lineup with the addition of a new CLA 250 Sport. The model will be officially unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show and will be available for order starting October 7th. The model is priced from €42,304 (about $55,000 at the current exchange rates).

The new CLA 250 Sport is distinguished by an "AMG Line" equipment package, "Sport" badges on the front wings and red detailing on the AMG front and rear apron. It sits on 18-inch AMG light-alloy wheels in a five-spoke design and wrapped in 235/40R18 tires.

Under the hood, the CLA 250 Sport gets a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 211 horsepower — a 3-horsepower jump over the CLA 250 — and 258 pound-feet of torque between 1,200 and 4,000 rpm. The engine is mated to a 7G-DCT dual-clutch transmission and is combined with a special AMG-developed front axle, AMG speed-sensitive sports steering and a modified exhaust system.

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Now's Your Chance to Win a Mercedes CLA-Class Through Instagram

Now’s Your Chance to Win a Mercedes CLA-Class Through Instagram

If you’ve been itching to get a piece of the Mercedes CLA-Class, we may have just found a way for you to get one without having to spend a dime on it.

The German automaker is launching a new contest through Instagram, pitting some of the most-followed "iGers" against each other for a chance to go home with a brand new CLA-Class.

Interested yet?

But before we get into how you can win the car, a background on the contest is in order. Mercedes has tapped five of Instagram’s best photographers to spend five days each driving the CLA. Whoever gets the most likes will be the one to keep the car.

Here’s where you get into the picture: you have a chance to become the sixth driver. All you have to do is submit you’re Instagram handle with the five drivers selecting the winner based on your account. As far as the criteria needed to be chosen, you must have with you some of the characteristics that best captures the spirit of the CLA. Remember, you must have a public feed or accept Mercedes’ follow request to be eligible for the competition.

Should you be selected, you and a co-pilot will take a three-day road trip, beginning on September 5, 2013 and you’ll have to document whatever you do during this road trip on the @MBUSA Instagram feed where you get a chance to win a three-year lease on Mercedes’ newest model.

Again, we ask: interested yet?

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2014 - 2015 Mercedes CLA-Class

2014 - 2015 Mercedes CLA-Class

People have been talking about a baby CLS for quite some time now and after being caught testing in many times, the production version CLA-Class made its world debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.

Previewed by the Concept Style Coupe, the new CLA looks almost identical to the concept, but at the same time offers design elements that transform it into a "modern interpretation" of the CLS.

The best feature of the new model is its aerodynamic-drag figure of just 0.23, that sets a new benchmark among not only Mercedes models, but also all series-production vehicles. The model is also equipped with tons of technology that will transform each ride into a secure journey.

In the U.S. market Mercedes will only bring one version — the CLA250 — and sales will begin in the fall of 2013.

Updated 02/06/2013: We have just stumbled across a leaked file from Mercedes-Benz that everyone may be interested in. This new file is the U.S. Ordering Guide for the 2014 CLA-Class. You can find the guide after the jump.

Updated 07/01/2013: Mercedes placed an online configurator for the new CLA250 Coupe which will go on sale this fall. Go online and play with the exterior and interior colors, wheels and options! Additionally, we have updated this review with all of the new details that the configurator unveiled.

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2014 Mercedes CLA 45 AMG Edition 1

2014 Mercedes CLA 45 AMG Edition 1

You should know by now that Mercedes has recently started celebrating the launch of a new model on the market with the unveiling of a special "Edition 1" version of it. Next in line for this treatment is the new CLA 45 AMG, as Mercedes has just announced the CLA 45 AMG Edition 1 series that will be put on sale in September when the standard CLA 45 AMG arrives.

Just like with the A45 AMG Edition 1, the only updates to the CLA 45 AMG Edition 1 are on the exterior and the interior, but they are just enough to transform the look of the car.

The new CLA 45 AMG Edition 1 receives a very cool coloring package, with a standard black or white paint combined with red accents, AMG stripes and, of course, a new set of special wheels. The interior offers the same black and red theme and numerous "Edition 1" badges.

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2013 Mercedes CLA GT-R by Piecha Design

2013 Mercedes CLA GT-R by Piecha Design

The production-version CLA-Class made its world debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show and even though it’s a young model, it already received lots of tuning kits. The latest kit comes from Piecha Design, which decided to offer the luxury four-door coupe a sportier appearance while retaining the car’s overall elegant appearance.

The kit is based on the CLA 250 fitted with the Sport cosmetic package. The tuner adds an aerodynamic package that includes a restyled front bumper with a chin spoiler and a pair of matte-silver air splitters. The kit continues with new front wings and side skirts, new roof and trunk spoilers and for the rear, a new diffuser that hides the four 90 mm (3.54 inches) tailpipes. These tailpipes can also be applied to all the other models in the CLA lineup.

The new Mercedes CLA GT-R by Piecha Design was unveiled at the Tuning World Bodensee in Germany.

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Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake is in the Works

We brought you a rendering of a shooting brake version of the CLA-Class last year and now we have gotten a little confirmation of the car. In a conversation with What Car?, Mercedes’ design boss, Gordon Wagener, admitted that the company is currently planning to add a shooting brake variant sometime in the future.

With the CLS Shooting Brake receiving rave reviews for its careful mixture of utility, luxury and sportiness, and the CLA looking to add a little affordability to the mixture, a shooting brake model is nearly a no-brainer. For now, the report stops here, but we can say that this one is all but in the bag, considering the rather reliable source it comes from.

We’ll keep a close eye on this developing report and let you know as soon as Mercedes releases a little more confirmation.

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2014 Mercedes CLA 45 AMG

2014 Mercedes CLA 45 AMG

The Mercedes CLA has been officially unveiled at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, and, as the spy shots revealed, the next logical step was a more powerful, AMG version. The model made its debut today at the 2013 New York Auto Show and will be put on sale in September.

When compared to the standard CLA-Class, the new AMG version will add a more aggressive design language, with elements we have already seen on models like the CLS 63 AMG. These specific elements include an AMG "twin blade" radiator grille, an AMG front apron, large cooling air intakes and for the rear an AMG apron and of course the two chrome-plated twin tailpipes of the AMG sports exhaust system.

Even if a tiny sedan, the new CLA 45 AMG is offering technologies used in the SLS AMG sports car, like the cooling system for the four-cylinder engine.

Updated 03/19/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specifications.

Updated 06/17/2013: Mercedes has just announced prices for the most powerful version in the new CLA-Class lineup. Click past the jump to learn more about how much you have to pay for a CLA 45AMG.

Updated 09/17/2013: Mercedes unveiled a new video featuring both the A45 AMG and the CLA45 AMG in action at the Bilster Berg race track. Enjoy!

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2014 Mercedes CLA Edition 1

2014 Mercedes CLA Edition 1

The CLA-Class is, in all likelihood, still wet behind the ears, having only been around for a little over a month. But that hasn’t stopped the German automaker from rolling out a limited-edition version of the compact four-door coupe for its home-countryclientele.

It’s called the CLA Edition 1 and it’ll only be available for the first 12 months of the CLA-CLass’ lifespan. What it means is you have pretty much the entire year to buy one. Otherwise, well, you’re going to be out of luck.

It’s limited nature allows it to be completely distinct from the rest of its kind and that was made evident by a number of aesthetic enhancements, including a choice of five different colors - Cosmos Black, Mountain Grey, Cirrus White, Night Black and Designo Polar Silver Magno - to go with an AMG "Sport" package that features new bumpers with larger air intakes, enhanced skirts, and a set of black multi-spoke alloy wheels.

Inside, Mercedes dressed up the CLA Edition 1 with what it calls NEON ART, a fancy way of saying the interior features leather and microfiber upholstery with yellow stitching. Add a new Nappa leather-wrapped flat-bottomed sports steering wheel, and a new aluminum finish trim and there you have it, folks: Edition 1!

For the chance to own one, you probably need to be in Germany because the model will be exclusively sold there at a price of €35,402 ($47,400) for the base CLA 180 all the way up to €44,625 ($60,000) for the CLA 250 Sport.

Head past the jump to find out the specs and pricing of each trim of the CLA Edition 1

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Super Bowl Ad: Save your Soul and Buy a Mercedes CLA Instead

Super Bowl Ad: Save your Soul and Buy a Mercedes CLA Instead

Mercedes’ star at this year’s Super Bowl ad will be its latest addition to the lineup: the new CLA Class. The previous commercial specially prepared for this year’s Big Game featured model and actress Kate Upton, but the second one does one better by bringing together Usher, Kate Upton and Willem Dafoe.

The idea behind this new commercial is quite simple: why sell your soul to the Devil and get everything you’ve ever dreamt about, when you can have the Mercedes CLA for only $29,900 and obtain pretty much the same? At least in theory, of course! Who plays the Devil in this latest ad? Well, we won’t ruin the surprise and we will let you watch the video and discover!

After watching it, let us know in the comments section below what ad you find more interesting: this one, or the one featuring just Kate Upton!

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Super Bowl Ad: Kate Upton Makes us Want to Own a Mercedes CLA-Class

Super Bowl Ad: Kate Upton Makes us Want to Own a Mercedes CLA-Class

It’s that time of the year again, fellas. The Super Bowl is less than two weeks away and, as is always the case around this time, a lot of automakers are gearing up for a blitzkrieg of commercials to be shown during the game, which features the 49ers and Ravens this time around.

One commercial that has made its way onto the Web is the one for the Mercedes CLA-Class. And wouldn’t you know it, Mercedes tapped the perfect celebrity to pique the interests of men everywhere: Kate Upton.

Everything Kate Upton does these days generates strong interest from all warm-blooded males. Heck, if she showed up in a commercial with a space suit on and covering her entire body, she’s going to find a way to make wearing a space suit sexy.

So, imagine how transfixed we all were when we watched this commercial featuring Upton shaking her thang while a bunch of dudes washed the CLA-Class. She’s too beautiful for words so we’ll just leave it all up to you to enjoy it as much as we did.

And remember, there is a car in the ad too, so pay attention!

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First Official Images of the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA

The 2014 Mercedes CLA will make its world debut in January 2013 at the Detroit Auto Show, but today the first images of the new baby sedan have surfaced on the Internet. As you can see from these leaked images, the production version CLA will retain the distinctive elements of the Concept Style Coupe unveiled at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show, but in the same time it retains the features of the CLS-Class - making it easy to recognize as a baby CLS.

The next CLA will be built on the same platform as the new A-Class and will be offered with a choice of three gasoline engines and four diesel ones. The gasoline engines include two 1.6-liter turbocharged engines – one with 121 horsepower and one with 154 horsepower – and a range-topping 2.0-liter engine with 207 horsepower. The diesel lineup will include a pair of 1.8-liter engines with 108 horsepower and 134 horsepower, plus 2.1-liter engines offered with 168 and 201 horsepower.

Full details will be unveiled during the car’s official debut in Detroit.

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Mercedes confirms CLA 45 AMG will get 4MATIC system

Mercedes has unveiled a series of official spy shots for the upcoming CLA 45 AMG sedan, which is set to be unveiled in the spring of 2013. The new images come with confirmation that the sports sedan will feature Benz’s famed 4MATIC system that will transform it into "one of the most dynamic, powerful and efficient four-cylinder series-production compact cars."

The upcoming CLA 45 AMG will be powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine that delivers a total of 325 horsepower and a peak torque of 295 pound-feet. The engine will be mated to an AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sports transmission with dual clutch technology and will send the power to all four wheels via the aforementioned 4MATIC AWD system.

The new 4MATIC system will be feature a 3-stage stability program: ESP ON, ESP SPORT Handling Mode and ESP OFF. The first two programs will assist the driver with appropriate control strategies and will increase the torque send to the rear wheels, while the third mode has been specially designed for experienced drivers only on cordoned-off race tracks.

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Video: Mercedes-Benz 2013 CLA 45 AMG Teaser

Video: Mercedes-Benz 2013 CLA 45 AMG Teaser

Mercedes will unveil the new CLA 45 AMG at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show and, unfortunately, there is still four months between now and its debut. We cannot tell for sure if this is a leaked video (above) or not — it surely looks leaked – but we are just happy we get the chance to see the CLA 45 AMG in action.

Rumors are pointing toward CLA 45 AMG being powered by the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine found in the A45 AMG, which delivers a total of 325 horsepower. The engine will be mated to a four-wheel-drive from the Swedish company Haldex.

When compared to the standard CLA, the AMG version will receive a deep front spoiler, wider track and wheels, massive brakes, chunky side sills, and a spoiler on the trunk. Check out the above video and let us know what you think of it.

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Spy Shots: Mercedes CLA 45 AMG Returns to the Testing Grounds

The first spy shots of the future Mercedes CLA 45 AMG were taken by our spy photographers back in August, but since then, the luxury sedan has been holed up somewhere, more than likely getting all of its kinks worked out. With the work seemingly completed, Mercedes has taken the upcoming CLA 45 AMG out for another round of testing.

As you can see, this prototype is still heavily camouflaged, but we can make out the deep front spoiler, wider track and wheels, the massive brakes, the chunky side sills, and the spoiler on the trunk. While Mercedes tried to fool us with those fake exhaust pipes, the spy photographers said they couldn’t disguise the powerful sound that came out of them during the drive.

The CLA 45 AMG will be powered by a 2.0 liter four-cylinder turbo engine delivering a total of 325 HP - the same engine that will first be used in the A45 AMG. Just like the A45 AMG, the CLA 45 AMG will also get four-wheel-drive from Swedish company Haldex to make sure the power doesn’t just make your tires smoke.

Expect to see the new Mercedes CLA 45 AMG sometime in 2013.

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TopSpeed Rendering: 2014 Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake

Now that we have seen both the Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake and the CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake, rumors have sprouted that the next CLA will also be offered in a Shooting Brake version. Just the other week, we brought out the first details on this upcoming model, and today we have a cool rendering that brings those facts to life!

Just like the sedan version, the next CLA Shooting Brake will be built on Mercedes’ new Modular Front Architecture (MFA) platform and will take its design inspiration from the recently announced CLS Shooting Brake. Under the hood, we will see the same engine line-up as in the upcoming CLA sedan: a 1.6 liter turbocharged petrol engine offered with either 121 HP or 154 HP. Mercedes will also offer a CLA AMG Shooting Brake which will be powered by a a 2.0-liter four-cylinder unit that will deliver about 330 HP and 332 lb-ft of torque.

The upcoming Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake will arrive on the market a few months after the sedan version, so don’t expect it before 2014.

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Spy Shots: Mercedes CLA goes testing at Nurburgring

These past few days have been pretty busy for our spy photographers. Just yesterday, they were able to catch two of Jaguar’s up and coming models, and today they’re bringing us images of the upcoming Mercedes CLA in light camouflage doing some testing around the Nurburgring.

The future Mercedes CLA, also known as the CLC until recently, can be easily described as a baby CLS. The model will be built on the new A-Class platform - hence the name - and will be offered with the same engine line-up as the A-Class, but with the luxury level offered in the CLS. It will be offered in front-wheel-drive configuration as standard and with both petrol and diesel engines. While Mercedes has confirmed anything just yet, we expect to see a line-up including both the 1.6 and 2.0 liter petrol engines with power going up to 211 HP. The diesel line-up’s top version will be the 170 HP A 220 CDI. An AMG version will also be offered and rumors say it will get a 335 HP turbocharged 2.0-liter unit.

The new Mercedes CLA will make its official debut in 2013.

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Mercedes SLC confirmed for 2014; a baby crossover will follow

Rumors about a possible baby Mercedes SLS have been swirling around for awhile, but now Head of Design, Gorden Wagener, has confirmed in an interview with AutoExpress that the company is indeed working on a new sports car. In the same interview, he also confirmed that the production version of the Concept Style Coupe will be called the CLA and that a coupe version of the ML 4x4 is also in the pipeline.

The future SLC will drop the gullwing doors of the current SLS sports car and will be offered with an all-new 4.0-liter V8 engine. The SLC will arrive sometime in 2014, but until then, the company will be debuting two more versions of the SLS, the first of which will be the Black Series in July.

The new model will take on models like the Porsche 911 and the Aston Martin V8 Vantage, and will be priced from £80,000, or about $130,000 at the current exchange rates.

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Baby Mercedes coming in 2011

Baby Mercedes coming in 2011

Mercedes has announced that they are working on an affordable new coup1 and a junior four-wheel drive. The new model, set to be a competitor for the BMW 1-Series and Audi A3 will debut in 2011.

The new coupe, believed to be called CLA will replace the three-door CLC, which is based around the old C-class.

By positioning the new car as a coupé rather than a hatchback Mercedes-Benz will try to give the CLA an upmarket image, as well as justifying prices that are likely to start at the equivalent of £19,000 when sales get under way just over four years from now.

The CLA will be powered by a a new range of four-cylinder, direct-injection petrol and common-rail diesel engines. Unlike the units used in today’s A and B-class line-ups, they will be shared with other models in the Mercedes range. Power outputs will range from 120bhp to 200bhp.

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