Take an up-close look at Mercedes' upcoming stylish sedan.
With the debut of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class hatchback and China's long-wheelbase saloon complete, the German brand can now focus its attention on expanding the latest generation of the compact models even further. These photos catch the new CLA-Class under development – the most stylish member of this family of vehicles. This one continues to wear lots of camouflage but appears to have all the final body panels.
The CLA-Class shares the MFA2 platform with the new A-Class and looks somewhat like the new A-Class Saloon but with a sprinkle of elements from the CLS-Class. A wide grille and canted headlights give the front end a meaner appearance. A curved roofline extends to a rounded tail. Given the design, a liftback rear might provide easier access to cargo, but the photos appear to show the cut for a traditional boot.
The CLA-Class will sit above the A-Class Saloon in Mercedes lineup. While they'll share powertrains, expect the CLA to feature a more luxurious cabin to warrant its higher price. Both of them will be available with a pair of side-by-side 12.3-inch displays for the instrument panel and the infotainment duties.
Gallery: 2019 Mercedes CLA new spy photos from Sweden
The CLA-Class will be available with a variety of turbocharged four-cylinder engines. At the very top of the range, there will be the CLA45 that will pack a new 2.0-litre powerplant with over 400 brake horsepower and will have a sophisticated all-wheel-drive system.
Mercedes will eventually have eight vehicles riding on the MFA2 platform. They'll include the new GLB-Class compact, boxy SUV.