Mercedes-Benz has released details about the refreshed 2017 CLA bound for next week’s New York International Auto Show.
Changes to the sedan (or “four-door coupe,” if you must) are mainly limited to minor upgrades all around — an exterior facelift both front and rear, increased trim and wheel options, as well as technological improvements.
Outside, the CLA sports redesigned front and rear bumpers, optional trim strips and tailpipe panels that integrate flush with the bumper. High-performance LED headlamps that emit a more natural-colored light are optional.
New light alloy designs bump the number of wheel options up to six for the CLA250 and CLA250 4matic, while two new wheels offerings join the AMG CLA45.
Inside, new seat cover and trim options abound, and chrome-plated controls provide a boost in brightwork. The media center has been redesigned to look slimmer, while new dials and an easier to read instrument cluster round out the more notable changes.
On the tech front, hands-free access is now an option, allowing grocery-laden owners to open the trunk or liftgate by moving their foot underneath the rear bumper. A rear-view camera is now standard equipment on U.S.-bound models.
Another safety feature — Active Brake Assist — has become standard, providing autonomous emergency braking when it’s needed.
Engine choices for the CLA line are a carryover from last year. A direct-injection, turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four makes 208 horsepower and 258 pounds-feet of torque in the CLA250, while the AMG CLA45’s hand-built mill, also displacing 2.0-liters, is rated at 375 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque.
Both engines are mated to a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic, though the AMG’s version now comes with shorter gear ratios for improved performance.
A “Dynamic Select” driving mode is now standard on both drivetrains, modifying the engine, transmission and steering feel to meet the driver’s preference.