That's not the way Mercedes works (or any of the premium brands for that matter). I wouldn't expect any material changes for a few years and even then they will be evolutionary.I bet you 2015 CLA` will much more upgraded and more standard which will make the price way higher
Also do not forget you never thought Mercedes will try and compete with Honda or Toyota or Nissan and that was and is the reason for the CLA to get the younger crowd away from those car makers.That's not the way Mercedes works (or any of the premium brands for that matter). I wouldn't expect any material changes for a few years and even then they will be evolutionary.
Well you got to be careful there because the 2015 C Class is coming out and a Brand NEW 2015 CLA and Brand new 2015 C Class(new body style) attract different wallets but the price difference cap is small between the two. But the standard features in the 2015 C Class out weight the major upgrades you have to do to the CLA to get to the same point and cost you more. So in turn the CLA will lose a lot more value than a 2015 C Class. The dealers are putting major incentives out to get rid of the 2013/2014 inventory of C Classes even BMW 3 series and Audi lease rate under $300 a month ( not seen since economic bubble bust happened)The CLA will hold its value somewhat well early'on due to the following...
- demand (it's a big & broad demographic now)
- tuner potential (the 2.0T & all that can be done)
- presumable MSRP adjustment & increase for subsequent model-years (once the name/model has been established)
The $35k'ish import/premium market segment has models that generally have strong residuals, just the nature of the niche (not ubiquitous economy models nor inflated luxury models). The IS250/350, G25/G37, TSX, 1-series, A3 & A4, and even C-Class all hold their values relatively well during the first few years of ownership. Of'course there will be outliers (high-mileage/heavy-use examples).
I believe a pre-TTL $35k'ish CLA will still be worth $25k'ish in 3-4 years...
I'm not sure how your comment relates to packaging. Nothing Mercedes is doing suggests that they're deviating from their standard sales approach when it comes to the CLA.Also do not forget you never thought Mercedes will try and compete with Honda or Toyota or Nissan and that was and is the reason for the CLA to get the younger crowd away from those car makers.