“…an enticing offer for a young, active, and lifestyle-conscious demographic.”Tobias Moers, CEO, Mercedes-AMG
The new Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 4MATIC will makes its world premiere at the New York International Auto Show on April 16. Its Canadian market launch will take place in the winter of 2019.
“With its iconic design and agile driving dynamics, the new CLA 35 is an enticing offer for a young, active, and lifestyle-conscious demographic,” said Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG. “These customers place a premium on exciting design, superior performance, and dynamic handling characteristics. The new CLA 35 embodies this outlook, and allows for more people to step in the fascinating world of AMG Driving Performance.”
The rear of the car is dominated by an apron with a new diffuser insert, a small trunk mounted spoiler lip and two round tailpipe trims positioned on the extreme left and right of the car. Two-piece, narrow tail lights and a license plate housing embedded into the bumper add to the CLA 35’s wider appearance.
The seats are covered with ARTICO, a man-made leather, and DINAMICA microfibre in black with red contrasting stitching or ARTICO in black and neva grey. The CLA 35 4MATIC has an AMG-specific centre console in piano lacquer finish with touchpad as standard. The touchpad has additional buttons that control the functions of ESP, manual transmission mode, and AMG RIDE CONTROL suspension. In conjunction with the optional leather upholstery, the interior of the AMG-specific console of the CLA 35 features a silver chrome surround. MBUX is standard on the CLA 35 4MATIC, replacing the previous COMAND system. Numerous functions can be activated by voice-operated control, prompted by the phrase: “Hey Mercedes”.
In the CLA 35, MBUX features AMG-specific content. The instrument cluster contains specific details such as the AMG start-up menu with three selectable AMG display styles. The “Supersport” mode has a central round rev counter and additional information presented in the form of bars to the left and right of the rev counter. Via the AMG menu, there are various special displays such as Warm-up, Set-up, G-Force and Engine Data. The touchscreen multimedia display can also present drivers with telemetry data, visualizations of various driving programs, and AMG TRACK PACE.
The steering wheel rim with a flattened lower section, perforated leather in the grip area and red contrast stitching is both attractive and pleasant to the touch. Galvanized steering wheel gearshift paddles allow for a sportier driving style with manual gear shifting.
“Sport” and “Sport+” place the focus on agility with a more open engine and precisely tuned transmission. In these modes, the sound of the turbocharged engine becomes much more distinctive and the ECO start/stop function becomes inactive. “Sport+” is particularly exhilarating with double-declutching during downshifts and partial cylinder cut-off via a brief delay of the ignition and injection at full load.
The CLA 35 4MATIC’s high-performance braking system ensures fade-resistant deceleration and short braking distances. The front axle of the vehicle is fitted with new 4-piston Monoblock fixed callipers and 350 millimetre brake discs, and the rear with 1-piston sliding callipers and 330 millimetre brake discs. The discs are internally ventilated and perforated to better dissipate heat and prevent brake fading, even with extreme use.