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German article on the CLA from Die Welt

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Mercedes-Benz CLA

The Mercedes CLS gets a little brother. The compact CLA could attract a more sedate clientele in the last rejuvenated A-Class Stuttgart. The flowing design is not only an end in itself.

Mercedes has found a new niche. Located at Price as prestige between A-and C-Class, wants the CLA from the spring to the success of the luxury model CLS two market segments repeat below. The compact saloon with coupe-like appearance to attract customers, which the hatchback model to youth, the midsize sedan but is again too stuffy. Premiere of particularly windschlüpfige four-door celebrates twice: on the eve of the Detroit Motor Show and immediately afterwards at the Fashion Week in Berlin. He comes to the market in April for prices starting at 28,977 euros.

The technical basis of the CLA with front-wheel drive comes from the A-Class to display, it's not him, but at first glance. With 4.63 meters in length it is even higher than the combination of the C-Class width of a hand. Bonnet and side surfaces are designed muscular and run in a broadly modeled tail. The curved roof line, an outwardly curved rear window and the frameless side windows provide coupe flair.

The form should not only be beautiful, but also provide a low consumption. Mercedes will lay claim to the CLA have missed the best drag coefficient in standard car. In the standard model it is 0.23, with the underbody paneling and grille further optimized "Blue Efficiency" version comes to 0.22. Values ​​previously available only in research studies or vehicles.

The engine range comprises the start four four-cylinder engines, including three petrol engines, which are already known from the A-Class and now all of the requirements of the applicable standard of Euro in 2014 to fulfill the sixth In all variants also include a start-stop system as standard.

Base engine is a 1.6-liter Turbo with 90 kW/122 hp and a fuel consumption of 5.4 liters. For the same price of 28,977 euros it is also available in the fuel-saving version of "Blue Efficiency Edition", which is to make do with 5.0 liters. In ranks a 115 kW/156 hp upgrade of the 1.6-liter engine, which communicates with 31,862 euros in the price list. The offer is on Benzinerseite by a 2.0-liter turbo with 155 kW/211 hp for 38,675 euros, which is coupled to a seven-speed dual clutch transmission. The weaker engines must take a six-speed manual gearbox Vorlieb.

On the diesel side, CLA emancipated from the A-Class. Instead of the 1.5-liter diesel engine is with Renault genes, there is a home-made 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 125 kW/170 hp and a fuel consumption of 4.2 liters. For the power transmission also makes the dual-clutch transmission. The price is 37,991 euros. All engine versions of the premium to the A-Class is around 5,000 euros. To the more expensive C-Class sedan an attention distance of around 1,200 euros is maintained.

For security alongside an optional all-wheel drive for better traction provides a whole legion of helpers. Standard equipment include the known from other models fatigue Assistant and Brake Assist, which is now not prepared until 30 kph, but already at 7 km / h in critical situations, the vehicle and driver to a potential crash. In combination with the genuine Yamaha distance radar, the system can also act as emergency braking and automatically brake the car at speeds up to 200 km / h. Moreover, there are inter alia spurt, and a holding and Totwinkelassistent Einparkhelfer that man decreases maneuvering.

One of the most important markets for the CLA should be the United States. Unlike in Germany, there is not a hatchback models dominate the streetscape, but notchback sedans. And since Mercedes has now next to the C-Class a slightly cheaper and more elegant variation on offer.
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