Mercedes polishes CLA, adds standard safety gear for 2017

The sedan’s face-lift comes as demand for the CLA lags amid a consumer shift toward crossovers and SUVs.

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The Mercedes-Benz CLA’s 2017 face-lift will include new bumper and wheel designs as the German luxury brand looks to bolster the car’s U.S. sales, which are lagging from year-earlier levels.

The retouched CLA will make its debut at the New York auto show on March 23 and will hit U.S. showrooms in the third quarter, Mercedes said in a statement today.

The face-lift comes as demand for the CLA lags amid a consumer shift toward crossovers and SUVs. U.S. sales of the compact luxury sedan rose 8.3 percent in 2015 to 29,643 vehicles from a year earlier. But this year through February, Mercedes has sold 4,642 CLAs, an 8.9 percent decline from the same period of 2015.

The new front bumper features a silver, black or chrome trim strip, while an optional rear bumper offers a trim strip in black or chrome.

Mercedes’ autonomous braking technology, active brake assist, will now come standard. Other changes include new wheel designs and seat covers, a retouched and slimmer media display and a standard rearview camera.

The high-performance Mercedes-AMG CLA45 is also undergoing a face-lift, including an overhauled lip spoiler, two new wheel designs and new interior trim.

The AMG CLA45 packs 375 hp and can go from 0 to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds, compared with 208 hp and a 6.9-second 0-to-60 mph time on the standard CLA250.

You can reach John Irwin at jirwin@crain.com.


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