With 355 hp from just 2.0 liters, the handcrafted turbo Direct Injection four of the CLA45 AMG is simply the most powerful 4-cylinder engine in production. It also boasts the highest hp/liter of any car today, due in no small part to an intercooled twin-scroll turbocharger that pumps out a class-leading 26.1 psi of boost. Along with numerous advances to reduce friction, it generates 332 lb-ft of torque starting at just 2,250 rpm, for a 0-60 rush of just 4.4 seconds. Disclaimer
The performance-focused 7-speed DCT combines racing-derived dual-clutch design with AMG SPEEDSHIFT® technology. Able to change gears more quickly than a human can shift a traditional manual gearbox, its aluminum shift paddles and rev-matched downshifts provide instant response. It offers two automatic modes, Controlled Efficiency and Sport, plus a Manual mode and a RACE START function for more assertive launches. Carbon fiber friction linings optimize the response and durability of its fast-acting synchros.
A pair of shift paddles strategically positioned behind the upper steering-wheel spokes allows you to manually upshift and downshift the 7-speed DCT transmission with just a flick of your fingers.
As enticing as it is intriguing, the AMG E-SELECT gear lever is a sculpture of aluminum and leather. Embossed with the AMG crest, it offers electronic shifting directly between R, N and D with a gentle nudge. A brief tap of the "P" button is sufficient to activate the parking lock.
AMG Performance 4MATIC® all-wheel drive is cleverly integrated with the gearbox, for class-leading lightness. A multiplate clutch in the rear differential instantly varies the torque split, with cornering agility further enhanced by 3-stage ESP® and torque-vectoring Curve Dynamic Assist. From more confident cornering to more capable handling in any season, on any road, it's all-wheel drive of a higher order. Disclaimer
Large, perforated and internally ventilated disc brakes help to better dissipate the hot gases generated during hard or repeated braking, helping resist brake fade to maintain maximum performance. The perforations are cast in place when the rotor is made, to prevent the creation of stress points that can occur during conventional cross-drilling. Painted calipers with AMG logos draw the eye to the 13.8-inch front and 13.0-inch rear discs. Disclaimer
With AMG calibration and components, the 4-wheel independent suspension of the CLA45 teams tenacious handling with refined composure. Front struts and wishbones team with a four-link design at the rear, all featuring rigid yet lightweight components with firmer spring and damping rates and an aggressive stance.
Advanced speed-dependent electromechanical power steering delivers quicker response in corners, easier maneuvering at low speeds, along with precise on-center feel and straight-line stability. The AMG-calibrated constant-ratio design puts the crisp control of the chassis in your hands, for direct feedback and inspiring handling precision.
The AMG sport exhaust system enhances performance while generating an unforgettable sound from the four polished-chrome tailpipes. An electronically controlled internal butterfly valve responds to engine rpm and throttle loads, to serenade acceleration and higher revs with a rewardingly throaty growl, yet offer a pleasingly mellow tone during relaxed, quiet cruising.
A fuel-saving ECO Start/Stop system automatically shuts off the engine at stoplights and other idle situations. As soon as the driver lifts off the brake, the engine instantly restarts, for immediate acceleration response. The ECO Start/Stop system can also be shut off by the driver at any time.
Inspired by its trendsetting big brother, the CLS-Class, the new CLA is a near-verbatim translation of the acclaimed Concept Style Coupe showcar that captivated the international auto show circuit. Flowing curves are joined by crisp, sweeping arcs to create a three-dimensional sculpture that's enticing from every angle. Frameless door glass, an expressive front fascia and taut proportions define it as a true, and truly modern, Mercedes-Benz coupe.
The aggressively aerodynamic lower bodywork greets the wind head-on with a deep front apron featuring large mesh air intakes and functional black winglets. The air dam's lower cross-strut is finished in Silver Shadow, as are the inserts in the chiseled side sills and the rear diffuser within the sculpted rear valance. A black mesh-textured insert sets off the diffuser and frames the four chrome tailpipes.
Bold, wide and upright, the CLA grille is an instantly recognizable icon of automotive passion, an emotion only heightened by its signature AMG double-crosswing design. Bisecting the grille from the large central Star, the matte-chrome adornments are set against a classic black mesh background that's echoed in the lower air intakes. The grille's shape also draws both the air and the eye past the bulging "twin power dome" hood and piercing headlamps.
In the Mercedes-Benz coupe tradition, the CLA cabin combines four sporty seats with a clear focus on driving enjoyment. Yet in an ultramodern twist, the CLA includes room for a fifth passenger along with a fresh take on its ergonomically ideal displays and controls. A freestanding screen takes center stage atop the winglike dash, while aluminum-ringed air vents would be equally at home in a private jet. Every shape and surface is designed to please the eye and invite the touch.
The timeless yet modern style of AMG® twin 5-spoke wheels are the ideal complement to the AMG lower bodywork, and a picture-perfect frame for the AMG brake hardware. Machine-finished surfaces join adjacent spokes via an arc that defines both the perimeter and the large wheel openings. In between, Titanium Silver inlays segment each openings all the way to the tire edge in a new visual twist on this iconic design. High-performance tires in size 235/40R18 are fitted. Disclaimer
The steering wheel features a racing-inspired flat-bottom design, thick padding and a leather-wrapped rim with perforated side grips, putting the delights of precise handling literally in the driver's hands. Convenient multifunction controls do likewise while operating the most frequently needed vehicle functions. Raised thumbrests are placed at the ideal "10 and 2 o'clock" positions, near the paddle shifters.
Sleek, cool and modern, brushed aluminum trim on the dash and doors adds to the performance feel of the CLA45 AMG 4MATIC. Disclaimer
Controlled via the multifunction steering wheel, this sharp color display in the instrument cluster lets you scroll through various screens, including an exclusive AMG performance menu, a trip computer, numerous programmable vehicle settings, as well as the audio system status and more.
An advanced system of 8 air bags offers 10-way occupant protection. Dual two-stage front air bags, front side-impact head/torso air bags, dual front knee air bags, and side curtain air bags for both seating rows are standard. Disclaimer
Radar-based technology alerts you if you're approaching a vehicle ahead, or even some stationary objects, at a speed and distance that suggest a collision is likely. Its Adaptive Brake Assist automatically provides the ideal level of braking as soon as the driver steps on the brake pedal, to help prevent a collision or reduce its severity. Disclaimer
The first system of its kind, ATTENTION ASSIST® continuously monitors up to 70 different parameters of driving behavior, and can automatically alert the driver with both visual and audible warnings if it detects signs of drowsiness on long trips. Disclaimer
Bi-Xenon headlamps help deliver greater visibility than halogen headlamps because their brighter, whiter light is much closer to natural daylight. They also impart a distinctive presence to the CLA with a design that resembles the piercing gaze of a predatory bird. Also included are LED front turn signals and distinctive LED taillamps with a fiber-optic effect that's equally attention-getting.
Integrated with the available Bi-Xenons headlamps, bright white LED Daytime Running Lamps help increase the visibility of your vehicle to oncoming traffic by illuminating front lights whenever the car is switched on. With long life and low energy consumption, the light-emitting diode (LED) lamps also add a distinctive high-tech styling touch.
Arguably our most important passive safety feature, all four outboard 3-point seat belts are equipped with Emergency Tensioning Devices (ETDs) and belt force limiters. If a collision exceeds a preset threshold, ETDs instantly remove slack from the seat belts. Belt force limiters allow a slight amount of give in the seat belts, to reduce the peak seat-belt forces on the occupant.
A system of interconnected elements work together to help protect the occupants in a collision. High-strength/low-alloy (HSLA) and ultra-high-strength steel are used in critical areas such as the roof pillars, floor and roof crossmembers, door beams and various reinforcements throughout the body. Advanced front and rear crumple zones deform progressively to help absorb the energy of an impact, while the front bulkhead helps channel some impact forces under, over, and around the cabin.
From your car, your computer or your compatible smartphone, mbrace2™ offers the industry's most comprehensive range of features for more connected, safe and productive drive time. From making your everyday life easier to helping out in an emergency, mbrace2 combines advanced cloud-based and GPS technology with 24-hour support from helpful experts. The mbrace hardware is standard, and a trial period for each of the three mbrace Packages is included. Disclaimer
The Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) can automatically detect a substantial loss of tire pressure in any wheel and alert the driver via a warning message in the multifunction display. The advanced TPMS can also display the numeric tire pressure for each mounted wheel.
Adaptive braking technology integrates a suite of advances. If you lift off the accelerator quickly, Predictive Brake Priming sets the pads closer to the discs for more immediate response when you apply the brakes. In the rain, Automatic Brake Drying periodically applies the brakes just enough to sweep water build-up from the discs. During uphill starts, Hill-Start Assist helps prevent unwanted rollback. And a brake HOLD feature can make long red lights or stopped traffic a little easier. Disclaimer
BAS® senses emergency braking via the speed at which the driver presses the brake pedal, and immediately applies maximum available power boost. By eliminating the delay caused by a common human tendency not to brake hard enough, soon enough, Brake Assist can potentially reduce the overall stopping distance. Letting up on the brake pedal releases BAS. Disclaimer
The Antilock Braking System (ABS) senses impending wheel lockup under heavy braking, and pumps the front brakes individually or the rear brakes together up to 30 times per second. By preventing wheel lockup, ABS helps preserve the driver's steering ability during hard braking. Disclaimer
This safety breakthrough first introduced by Mercedes-Benz continually monitors your driving inputs and the vehicle's motion to help keep it going in your intended direction, especially in corners and during evasive maneuvers. If it detects wheelspin, severe understeer (plowing), or oversteer (fishtailing), ESP® can brake individual wheels and reduce engine power to help bring the vehicle under control. Disclaimer
4MATIC all-wheel drive incorporates our 4-wheel Electronic Traction System (4-ETS®), which monitors for the first sign of wheel slip and responds to ensure torque is sent to the wheels with the best grip, even if that's only one wheel. Disclaimer
The convenient electronic parking brake can be set or disengaged at the touch of a button. It also automatically releases when you shift into gear and step on the accelerator. This feature also increases usable footwell and console space by eliminating the need for a mechanical brake pedal or handle.
The SmartKey remote control integrates remote door locks and trunk opener, a removable valet key, and a remote panic alarm. Selective unlocking lets you unlock only the driver's door and fuel filler, or both doors plus the trunk and fuel filler.
Program your Mercedes-Benz to illuminate its exterior lights when you unlock it in darkness, to help illuminate a path to your vehicle.
Rain-sensing windshield wipers automatically adjust the intermittent wiper frequency based on the amount of rainfall.
Supple Black MB-Tex bolsters embrace racing-inspired DINAMICA inserts on each of the four sport-contoured outboard seats. Offering the look and feel of suede with much easier care, the DINAMICA inserts feature horizontal fluting and red top-stitching to match the racy red seat belts.
Convenient, simple and elegantly finished controls offer easy adjustment of the temperature and airflow. Five adjustable air vents in the dash feature aircraft-style aluminized rings. The system includes a dust and pollen filter that helps keep particles as small as 0.0002-inch from entering the cabin.
Intuitive, seat-shaped controls help you find your ideal driving position with 14-way power adjustment, including 4-way power lumbar support. A memory system for the driver seat recalls three stored positions for the seat plus the power side mirrors.
Both front seats feature sport contours with deep side bolsters. All four outboard seats feature racing-inspired integrated head restraints.
Individually folding rear seatbacks allow you to expand the cargo capacity of your CLA while still carrying a rear passenger. Disclaimer
For long-term comfort and lower-back support, the driver's seat offers a lumbar support that precisely adjusts in/out and up/down.
A network of strategically placed LEDs casts a soothing and stylish yet unobtrusive glow on key interior areas, including the outside step area when you open any door. Illumination from beneath the front-seat head restraints accentuates the racy design of the seats while adding to rear-cabin passengers' sense of well-being when riding in darkness.
It's easy to close all four windows (and the available Panorama roof) from outside the car with infrared-remote operation. Just point the SmartKey at the driver's door handle and hold it as the windows all close at once. Even more refreshing, especially after parking under the hot summer sun, is the corresponding ability to open them and air out the cabin before you get in. (Included with leather upholstery)
With 13.1 cubic feet of space, the trunk of a CLA provides ample room for your groceries, golf clubs or luggage.
Whether you're stuck in traffic or stopped on a hill, the HOLD feature lets you keep the brakes applied without your foot on the brake pedal. After bringing the vehicle to a stop, an additional press of the brake pedal activates the feature and illuminates a "HOLD" icon in the instrument cluster, letting you know you can relax your foot. The brake lamps stay illuminated while the car remains braked. When you're ready to move, just press the accelerator to release the feature and go. Disclaimer
Featuring a table-style 5.8-inch color display and a central controller on the console, the CLA gives you convenient control of audio, video, hands-free calling and optional navigation functions. Many features can also be accessed via the integrated steering-wheel controls. Disclaimer
Place and answer calls, and even access select phonebooks without taking your hands off the steering wheel with standard Bluetooth® connectivity for hands-free calling. Pairing your Bluetooth-compatible phone with the vehicle is simpler than ever. Then, just leave your phone in your pocket and enjoy hands-free conversations over the audio system.
Visit http://www.mercedes-benz-mobile.com/us/en/ to learn more about Bluetooth connectivity. Disclaimer
A USB connector allows plug-and-play enjoyment from your iPod® or other MP3 player.
Delivering remarkably crisp, clear audio quality for both AM and FM radio, HD Radio technology can increase the number of stations available to you with no subscription or fee. Disclaimer
TuneIn® world radio lets you stream live programming from 70,000 live radio stations around the globe right in your car, thanks to the in-car Internet access of Mercedes-Benz mbrace2™. It's easy to search for programming by artist, song or even a sports team, or browse categories by music genre, sports, talk or even location. And you can save your favorite stations for easy tune-in anytime. Disclaimer
Bluetooth audio streaming makes it even easier to enjoy your digital music player. It allows you to connect your Bluetooth-equipped iPod® or other MP3 player wirelessly to your vehicle's audio system for convenient, cable-free playback. Disclaimer
The standard AM/FM/weatherband audio system includes an in-dash CD player with MP3 capability, and convenient auxiliary audio controls on the steering wheel.