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Home » Green Car News » Mercedes

New Mercedes CLA

14 January 2013

"Mercedes CLA"

The Mercedes CLA is set to establish a new segment, with world-leading aerodynamics and avant-garde coupé design. As a new four-door coupé it follows the idea of the CLS, whose design concept has spawned more than its fair share of imitators since its debut in 2003. With its frameless doors, the coupé adopts the design of the Concept Style Coupé into series production. The newcomer features a radar-based braking system as standard which is able to warn the driver of an obstacle from a speed of 4 mph and to initiate precision braking when the driver steps on the brake pedal. The new Mercedes CLA will be available for ordering from March 2013 and will be delivered to retailers in June 2013.

In keeping with its sporty positioning, the Mercedes CLA is available with high-torque turbo engines rated at up to 211 hp and sports suspension. The technical highlights of this new design icon include a new world record in aerodynamics for series production automobiles (Cd value: 0.23 – 0.22 for the CLA 180 BlueEFFICIENCY Edition, and numerous driving assistance systems.

Sleek as they come: new record Cd value

With a Cd value of 0.23, the Mercedes CLA sets a new benchmark – both within the Mercedes-Benz model range and among all production vehicles. The drag area, Cd x A - which is crucial to aerodynamic resistance – also leads the field, at 0.51 m². This already record figure is undercut still further by the CLA 180 BlueEFFICIENCY Edition (not confirmed for the UK market). In this case the Cd figure is 0.22, while in terms of wind resistance the four-door coupé manages to breach another magic barrier: the figure here is just 0.49 m².


The good air flow characteristics, which are a major contributory factor to the vehicle's impressive fuel consumption in everyday conditions, result from numerous aerodynamic optimisation measures. These include a low A-pillar shoulder with adapted A-pillar geometry, aerodynamically optimised exterior mirrors, wheel trims designed for low aerodynamic drag and serrated wheel spoilers on the front and rear wheel arches.

Extensive underbody panelling, additional panelling in the middle area of the rear axle and an aerodynamically optimised rear silencer followed by a diffusor improve the flow of air under the underbody.

Powerful and efficient drive

A year ahead of the scheduled introduction of the Euro 6 in 2014, all petrol-engine variants and the top diesel variant of the new Mercedes CLA already meet the future requirements of this European emissions standard.

The petrol engines with a displacement of 1.6 and 2.0 litres cover an output spectrum ranging from 122 hp in the CLA 180 through to 211 hp in the CLA 250. The two diesel engines combine dynamic low-end torque with the utmost efficiency: the CLA 200 CDI generates 136 hp, with maximum torque of 300 Nm (available from the 3rd quarter of 2013). With a cubic capacity of 2.2 litres, the CLA 220 CDI will offer an output of 170 hp and 350 Nm of torque, emitting only 109 g CO2 per kilometre.

All the engines feature the ECO start/stop function as standard. The engines are combined with a six-speed manual transmission or with the 7G-DCT dual clutch automatic transmission, which reconciles comfort and sportiness in inimitable fashion.

Model   CLA 180 CLA 250 CLA 220 CDI
    Petrol, direct injection Diesel,
Displacement cc 1595 1991 2143
Transmission   6-speed 7G-DCT 7G-DCT
Output hp 122 211 170
Max. Torque Nm 200 350 350
Fuel consumption combined mpg 50.4 – 52.3 45.6 – 46.3 62.8 – 67.3
CO2-emissions* g/km 126 - 130 142 - 144 109 - 117
0-62 mph
s 9.3 6.7 8.2
Max. Speed mph 130 149 143

UK pricing and specification are still to be confirmed.

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