At this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Mich. Mercedes-Benz wowed the crowd with the all-new 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class sedan. Combining the aggressive front-end characteristics of the internationally sold Mercedes-Benz A-Class with the sexy, coupe-like profile of the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class sedan, the all-new CLA-Class is like nothing the automaker has offered the U.S. market before.
Positioned below the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the 2014 CLA-Class will initially be offered in the CLA250 guise. This means owners can look forward to a powerful and efficient 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that pumps out 208-horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Unlike the rest of the Mercedes-Benz lineup offered in the U.S., the all-new CLA-Class routes power through the front wheels.
For owners in need of extra grip, the CLA-Class will also be made available with Mercedes-Benz’s 4Matic all-wheel-drive system. As Autoblog discovered, “The company says that its AMG performance arm was heavily involved in the development of this new 4Matic architecture, and if that’s the case, there’s reason to expect good things.”
Owners should also expect to see good things when it comes to fuel economy. Mercedes-Benz’s C250 sedan uses a 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine as well, and manages to pull a respectable EPA fuel economy rating of 22 mpg city and 31 mpg highway.
Unlike the C250 though, the new CLA250 fights far less wind resistance and in turn should see even better fuel economy figures. While Edmunds.com reports that the C250 has a drag coefficient of 0.27, Mercedes-Benz claims the CLA250 sets “a new world record in aerodynamics for series production automobiles “ with its drag coefficient of 0.23. For reference, Toyota’s Prius achieves a drag coefficient of 0.25.
Of course, the CLA250 would have no business wearing the famed three-pointed star badge if it didn’t offer a suite of safety and convenience technologies. On the safety front, the CLA250 will offer owners Mercedes-Benz Attention Assist technology which can detect if a driver is drowsy, as well as Collision Prevention Assist, a system that can apply the brakes at speeds greater than 4 mph in order to prevent an accident.
A 5.8-inch display screen is standard equipment, as is Bluetooth hands-free technology. Upgrading to the Multimedia package provides owners with a 7-inch screen and Mercedes-Benz’s innovative COMAND system.
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