Can New Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Catch Up With Entry-Level A-Class?

Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

Hey out there: Who wants a new Mercedes-Benz A-Class sedan with less headroom and a higher price tag? Apparently the company thinks someone out there wants this and has released a teaser image of the upcoming replacement for the brand’s CLA-Class subcompact “four-door coupe.” The arrival of the new CLA follows the introduction of the A-Class sedan on American shores, the first time the diminutive sedan version of the company’s front-wheel-drive city-car platform has been sold here. Until now, only the CLA and GLA-Class SUV were sold in the U.S.; if you wanted a more useful sedan version, you were out of luck.

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We haven’t had much love for the previous CLA, finding it cramped, expensive and dynamically challenged given its springy dual-clutch transmission and thrashy four-cylinder engine. The new A-Class sedan, however, just introduced as a 2019 model, is a far cry from that original model, with its sophisticated interior, formal sedan-roof styling, punchy turbocharged engine and greatly improved transmission. The new A220 also can be optioned up with all the latest-and-greatest Mercedes-Benz technology, like the voice-controlled MBUX multimedia system, augmented reality navigation screen and much, much more.

We expect the new CLA will be identically optioned to the A-Class, but perhaps with a bit more flair in the interior color choices. It will almost certainly come with a higher price tag, as Mercedes-Benz has already appointed the A220 as the new entry-level model in U.S. showrooms. The CLA is expected to be unveiled at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January.’s Editorial department is your source for automotive news and reviews. In line with’s long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don’t accept gifts or free trips from automakers. The Editorial department is independent of’s advertising, sales and sponsored content departments.

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