2019 Mercedes CLA vs. 2016 Mercedes CLA - Old vs. New

Jan 10, 2019 - 9:48am IST | ,   | Sagar Parikh

Mercedes-Benz has taken the wraps off the all-new CLA at the CES 2019. Here’s a visual comparison between the all-new model and its predecessor.

2019 Mercedes Cla Vs 2016 Mercedes Cla Front Three
The second generation Mercedes CLA is longer, shorter and lower than its predecessor.

The second generation of the Mercedes-Benz CLA looks like a mini-Mercedes CLS. The basic recipe for the seductive entry-level coupe remains the same: a long, stretched bonnet, a wide track with exposed wheel arches, a compact greenhouse, frameless doors and rounded tail.

The designers have pushed back the greenhouse for a sportier design in the second generation model. The flat headlamps and narrow tail lamps give an increased sense of aggression, while the clean, uncluttered surfacing on the door panels heighten the gracefulness of the compact four-door coupe. Inside, the minimalist and high-tech cabin has a strong resemblance of the fourth-gen Mercedes A-Class and first-ever Mercedes A-Class Sedan.

Thanks to a 63 mm wider track at the front and a 55 wider track at the rear, and a lower centre of gravity, the 2019 Mercedes CLA offers a sportier drive. A decoupled multi-link axle at the rear has reduced noise and vibration, while a stabiliser bar with a larger diameter has reduced body roll. Mercedes-Benz has specially adjusted the ESP for the car’s potentially high cornering speeds and handling performance.

It is safe to assume that the all-new Mercedes CLA will come with the same turbocharged four-cylinder engines as the latest Mercedes A-Class family and the all-new Mercedes B-Class, including the 1.33-litre petrol unit co-developed with Renault. The car in the images here is the CLA 250 with the M260 2.0-litre petrol engine that produces 225 PS and 350 Nm of torque. This engine is coupled to the 7G-DCT 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.

2019 Mercedes Cla Vs 2016 Mercedes Cla Rear Three
The second generation of the Mercedes-Benz CLA looks like a mini-Mercedes CLS, especially when seeing from the rear three quarters.

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The production of the all-new Mercedes CLA will take place at the Kecskemet plant in Hungary. Its European launch is scheduled for May 2019.

First-gen Mercedes CLA vs. second-gen Mercedes CLA - Dimensions

Parameter Unit First-gen CLA Second-gen CLA Diff.
Exterior dimensions
Length mm 4688 4640 48
Width mm 1830 1777 53
Width incl. exterior mirrors mm 1999 2032 -33
Height mm 1439 1441 -2
Wheelbase mm 2729 2699 30
Front track mm 1612 1549 63
Rear track mm 1602 1547 55
Interior dimensions
Max. headroom, front mm 1023 1006 17
Headroom, rear mm 908 905 3
Legroom, front mm 1062 1063 -1
Legroom, rear mm 861 860 1
Elbow room, front mm 1457 1422 35
Elbow room, rear mm 1454 1410 44
Shoulder room, front mm 1400 1391 9
Shoulder room, rear mm 1372 1350 22
Load compartment width max. mm 1444 1331 113
Load compartment depth max. mm 1054 1030 24
Width of load compartment opening mm 891 629 262
Boot capacity, VDA[1] l 460 470 -10

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