Mercedes-Benz is making mid-cycle updates to its compact lineup, and the latest update is the CLA-Class.
The updated CLA-Class will arrive in dealerships in 2023 as a 2024 model, in regular CLA-Class and spicy CLA 35 and CLA 45 S AMG guises.
The CLA-Class is now Mercedes’ only compact sedan in the U.S., as the A-Class bows after 2022. The A-Class is still available in other markets, where it has received its own update.
Changes to the 2024 CLA-Class are mild even by mid-cycle refresh standards. Exterior changes are limited to a revised front fascia and grille and a new diffuser design at the rear. At both ends, there are new graphics for the lamps, which feature standard LED technology, and the color palette has been expanded to include the CLA-Class-specific Hyper Blue.
Inside, Mercedes offers standard 10.3-inch screens for the instrument cluster and infotainment system, the latter of which runs the latest version of Mercedes’ MBUX interface, complete with voice control. The steering wheel is covered in tan leather as standard, and an AMG Line steering wheel is available for the first time as an alternative.
Other standard features include automatic high beams, folding and auto-dimming exterior mirrors, a system that helps drivers park in tight spaces (but doesn’t do it for them), and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A Burmester audio system with Dolby Atmos is available, as well as Mercedes’ driver assistance package, which includes a number of active safety features.
The 2024 CLA-Class is offered exclusively in CLA 250 grade, which also comes with a 2.0-liter turbo-4. The engine is rated at 221 hp, but the mild hybrid system can temporarily increase power by 13 hp under heavy load. Buyers can choose between standard front-wheel drive or available all-wheel drive, and with either configuration, 0-60 mph takes about 6.3 seconds.
Buyers looking for more power will be happy to check out the AMG models, as they offer up to 416 hp.
Pricing information for the 2024 CLA-Class will be released closer to market launch.