Mercedes Announces the Mildly-Refreshed 2024 CLA
Mercedes is giving the entry-level CLA-Class a notable update for 2024 that includes fresh styling, more standard tech, updated infotainment, and a more powerful AMG variant. The car goes on sale in late 2023 in four versions: CLA 250, CLA 250 4MATIC, AMG CLA 35, and AMG CLA 45.
The car got a new front fascia and a different grille with Mercedes’ star pattern. LED headlights and taillights come standard, and three wheel designs are available in sizes up to 19 inches. A 10.25-inch digital gauge cluster and 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen come standard and feature Mercedes’ latest MBUX infotainment software.
Under the hood, the CLA’s four-cylinder now comes with 48-volt mild-hybrid assistance. It improves responsiveness and can reduce engine noise and vibration at lower engine rpm. It also boosts output, pushing the engine to 234 horsepower when the 13-horsepower boost is used.
Mercedes-AMG fans are often happy to shout, “63 or nothing,” in reference to the brand’s near-range-topping models, but that mentality neglects to consider the performance that AMG’s 35- and 45-level vehicles offer. The new CLA 35 gets a 48-volt system and the CLA 45 gets a significant power boost to 416 horsepower. Those improvements are good for a 4.8-second 0-60 mph time in the CLA 35 and a 4.0-second time in the CLA 45.
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