I’m face to face with the Mercedes-Benz CLA… And I’m rather impressed.
It’s not out on the show room floor, but I’ve been ushered into a cloth-covered back room that hides this new shapely machine. Essentially, it’s a baby CLS, and it’s going to cost around $30,000. It will undercut the C-Class sedan, and it will do it with far more style.
Sure, there’s the front-drive version, but you can opt for the 4MATIC all-wheel-drive CLA if you prefer. Also, there’s the CLA45 AMG on the horizon, which promises to boast over 300 horsepower and all-wheel-drive. On top of that, they’ve stuffed a twin-clutch seven-speed gearbox in there.
This could be an important car for Mercedes, and it’s serving as the gateway vehicle while boasting executive-level styling. The automaker didn’t skimp on the interior either, as it’s comfortable and boasts the standard array of Benz kit.
I know some may think it a bit garish, but it really works in person. I was shocked by how much I actually like this machine. Now, we just need to get our hands on one and swap in a C63 AMG drivetrain.