2015 Mercedes Benz CLA has been reveal with new features. Highlight in safety features added include Collision Prevention Assist Plus with added autonomous partial braking to reduce risk of rear end collision. A warning light on instrument cluster flashes on driver failing to react in time which will be followed by an intermittent audible sound followed by partial braking.
Attention Assist system has also been upgraded to operate in an extended speed range between 60-200 kmph with a five stage bar display to gauge driver attention levels. Traffic Sign Assist will recognize traffic signs while it will also alert drivers taking a wrong turn.
Comfort features on board the new 2015 CLA are also augmented to include Keyless Go making it possible to open, start and lock the vehicle just by having the electronic key in one’s possession. Infotainment will come in the form of a free standing display measuring 20.3 cms while Mercedes ConnectMe services will be offered as standard. Convenience Telephony connects to high speed LTE networks (not in India) while Media Interface enables the connection of Apple devices via Apple Lighting interface.
Power and performance of the 2015 Mercedes Benz CLA is also augmented as the CLA 220 CDI now comes in with added power of 5 kW (6.7 hp), delivering total 177 hp and 350 Nm torque. Acceleration from 0 to 100 kmph is achieved in 8.2 seconds while top speed is pegged at 232 kmph and auto emissions stand at only 104 g of CO2/km. The entry level CLA 180 CDI now emits lesser CO2 – 99 gms / km.
Once launched in India at an expected price range about INR 25 lakhs, the new CLA will compete with recently launched Audi A3.
New features for model year 2015: The CLA is now even more attractive
The technical features, appointments and available options for the CLA are all being refined for the 2015 model year. The most important changes at a glance.
Safety: COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS extends the functions of COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST with the addition of autonomous partial braking, which helps to reduce the risk of rear-end collisions. If a driver fails to act when the risk of a collision is detected, despite the warning light in the instrument cluster and the intermittent audible alert, the system will automatically trigger partial braking. The standard-specification ATTENTION ASSIST system has been similarly upgraded: operating within an extended speed range (60 – 200 km/h), this now uses a five-stage bar display to visualise the driver’s current attention level. Traffic Sign Assist will in future recognise more traffic signs, can recognise speed limits, no-overtaking restrictions and the lifting of such restrictions, and will also alert any driver attempting to drive onto a road in the wrong direction, for example when joining a motorway.
Comfort: One of the new optional extras is KEYLESS-GO. This access and drive authorisation system makes it possible to open, start and lock the vehicle just by carrying the electronic key on one’s person. It includes the KEYLESS-GO starting function too, which is also available separately.
Infotainment: The new generation of telematics offers even more intuitive controls as well as a very immediate way of experiencing the various functions by means of animated menus and visual representations on the head unit display. The free-standing display is now available as an option with a screen diagonal of 20.3 cm (8 inches), an inch more than hitherto. The “Mercedes connect me” standard services are provided as part of the basic specification and can be enhanced through the addition of further options. Convenience Telephony is now also able to connect in to high-speed LTE networks. The Media Interface, now a standard feature, also allows the connection of Apple® devices using the “Apple Lightning” interface.
Ambience: The ambient lighting system now offers twelve colour schemes that can be selected to suit taste and mood, so helping to conjure an individual atmosphere in the interior. The trim is now also available in a satin-finish light brown poplar wood variant.
Equipment and appointments: a new option available for the sports models is that of AMG 19-inch multi-spoke light-alloy wheels, painted black and with a high-sheen finish.
Output: The CLA 220 CDI comes now with an extra 5 kW. Its current data: 130 kW (177 hp), 350 Nm, 0-100 km/h in 8.2 s, 232 km/h top speed, consumption (combined) from 4.0 l/100 km, CO2 emissions from 104 g/km. A further highlight is offered by the CLA 180 CDI, which now has emissions of only 99 g CO2/km.