|Most aerodynamic production car|
Three prominent lines on the side help highlight the saloon’s CLS DNA link. Another characteristic borrowed from its bigger sibling is the gently sloping roof contour and the pronounced curvature of the rear window. The taillights are framed by the muscular lines of the shoulders which extend into the rear end. The horizontal orientation of the lights emphasise the rear’s aesthetic look. A large black rear diffuser is visible at the rear. The soundtrack from the power units comes out from two exhaust pipes located at each end of the diffuser.
The Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 is powered by the top engine variant with a displacement of 2.0-litre. The power plant develops 155 kW (211 hp) and a maximum torque of 350 Nm from 1200 to 4000 rpm. Performance is at sports car level, with acceleration from zero to 100 km/h in 6.7 seconds and a top speed of 240 km/h. Nonetheless it has the best fuel consumption in this class at 6.1-litres/100 km. The 7G-DCT dual clutch transmission and the six-speed manual transmission enable a driving style that is both comfortable and dynamic.
The chassis of the CLA features a McPherson front axle and an independent multilink rear suspension. All Mercedes-Benz CLAs come with an electromechanical Direct Steer power steering system. The steering system offers impressive feedback to the driver and also helps boost overall fuel efficiency. The CLA is also available with a new variant of Mercedes-Benz’s 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive system.
|Design influenced by the CLS|