New Mercedes CLA Coupe to debut in Chicago

Mercedes‘ new CLA four-door coupe will debut at the Chicago Motor Show ahead of the car’s arrival in the UK this summer.

The sexy saloon is based on the same platform as the new A-Class, with basic cars driving the front wheels.

At the front, the CLA gets the front end from the A-Class, with a downturned grille and narrow lights.

Mercedes-Benz CLA First Edition

The rear end takes cues from the C-Class Coupe, with thin tail lights set high on the bootlid.

Inside, there’s more A-Class inspiration, with a dashboard that’s almost a carbon copy of the hatchback.

Behind the steering wheel, customers can choose a digital instrument cluster, which blends seamlessly with the widescreen infotainment system. Together, the two screens create a huge panel across the dashboard.

Mercedes-Benz CLA First Edition

Speaking of technology, the CLA offers drivers a host of on-board equipment. Clever cruise control uses navigation data to alter the speed depending on the upcoming bends, while there’s a system to keep the car in its lane.

The multimedia system also offers voice and gesture control, plus a touchscreen – a first for the CLA.

Mercedes-Benz CLA First Edition

Under the bonnet, customers will be able to choose from a range of petrol and diesel engines, including the range-topping 2.0-litre 250 petrol seen in these images. Buyers will also get the option of four-wheel drive and automatic gearboxes.

Mercedes is yet to announce full specifications for the newcomer, but the German firm has confirmed that the Edition 1 seen in these images will not make it to the UK.

Mercedes-Benz CLA First Edition

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