2024 Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupe Preview

Chris Teague | Jan 24, 2023

Sedans are nowhere near as popular as they once were, but that hasn’t stopped automakers from investing in and developing new models. The Mercedes-Benz CLA is an interesting case, as it’s less practical than many sedans and features bold styling that, while beautiful, isn’t for everyone. Halfway through its second generation, Mercedes-Benz gives the CLA a facelift, updated interior finishes, and improved tech.

2024 Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupe Blue Front Quarter View European Model

Mercedes offers the 2024 CLA in four main configurations: CLA 250, CLA 250 4Matic, AMG CLA 35, and AMG CLA 45 S. All versions of the car come with a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine; all come with mild-hybrid assist.

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  • Refreshed exterior styling
  • Updated interior with new tech
  • All powertrains come with mild-hybrid assist
  • Significant power boost for CLA 45 S
  • The 2024 CLA goes on sale in late 2023

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2024 Mercedes-Benz CLA 35 Coupe Blue Rear Quarter View European Model

The CLA’s curvy exterior receives a new star-pattern grille and updated front fascia for 2024. Mercedes offers four wheel sizes up to 19 inches, and two new blue paint colors are available, including one exclusive to the CLA.

The AMG CLA features three new wheel designs with unique styles for the 35 and 45. The cars get an AMG grille with vertical grates and feature the same updated fascia as their standard CLA counterparts.

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2024 Mercedes-Benz CLA 35 Coupe Interior Dashboard European Model

Mercedes refreshes the CLA’s interior with an updated steering wheel design and new interior trim options, including linden wood, carbon-look plastics, and microfiber, depending on the trim level. Several interior color schemes are available, including five upholstery colors for AMG Line models. Mercedes moved to “greenify” several interior materials, using up to 85 percent recycled content in the bottom seat upholstery. AMG models get performance seats with exclusive upholstery options and unique steering wheel designs.

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The 2024 CLA 250 comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system. It makes 221 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. It gets a momentary 13-hp boost from the 48-volt system, which also allows the engine to shut down when coasting and can recover energy to supplement the car’s 12-volt onboard power system. Mercedes’ 4Matic all-wheel drive (AWD) is available, and the automaker says the CLA 250 is capable of a 6.3-second zero-to-60-mph time. Mercedes includes an Eco scoring system that gently helps those piloting the car to drive more environmentally responsibly.

The two AMG CLA models get updated powertrains for 2024, with the CLA 35 gaining a 48-volt system. Its AMG-enhanced turbo-4 makes 302 hp and 295 pound-feet of torque. The mild-hybrid system delivers a temporary 13-hp boost, and power reaches all four wheels through an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The CLA 45 S gets a handcrafted AMG inline-4 with 416 hp and 369 pound-feet of torque—a 34-hp increase. It also has standard 4Matic AWD. According to Mercedes, the CLA 35 can hit 60 mph from a standstill in 4.8 seconds, and the CLA 45 S makes the run in 4.0 seconds.

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Mercedes adds new safety equipment for 2024, including automatic high-beam headlights, a new backup camera, a parking package, and a mirror package. Automatic emergency braking, a driver monitoring system, an emergency call system, blind-spot warning, rain-sensing wipers, and LED daytime running lights all come standard. The optional features list is long and includes active headlights, adaptive cruise control, a surround-view camera system, and more.

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Mercedes updates the 2024 CLA’s tech with a standard 10.25-inch digital gauge cluster and a 10.25-inch touchscreen. The system runs Mercedes’ latest MBUX infotainment system with customizable themes, including Sporty, Discreet, and Classic. Seven color themes are standard, and the system offers navigation, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and voice controls. A Burmester sound system is available that brings Dolby Atmos technology.

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The CLA’s competitive class is shrinking, but it is still a tough place to do business. The car faces off against the excellent Audi A3, also available in two performance trims. Buyers may also look at the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe or Genesis G70, which offer sporty, luxurious driving experiences.

Mercedes-Benz is the source of information in this article. It was accurate as of January 23, 2023, but it may have changed since that date. Always confirm product details and availability with the automaker’s website or your local dealership.

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