In 2004, Mercedes-Benz created a car that laid the foundation for the first and second-generation CLA. The 2013 compact four-door coupe plays with emotions and visual appeal, with slightly larger dimensions, this time in space efficiency follows the cutting-edge Mercedes-Benz limousines. Compared with the class A limousine, it offers more driving pleasure, knows the characteristics of autonomous technology and puts it in verified safety systems. It will take us to our territory in May at a price of 30 thousand onwards.
Mercedes, with the first compact four-door coupe, priced below 30,000 euros, reached the total. In nearly seven years, more than 750,000 cars were sold (including a draft brake), but in the meantime they only envisioned a minor overhaul. CLA's second generation is under surveillance Robert Lešnik It has become visually sharper and placed in the same key values as its predecessor. Due to its larger dimensions, it has gained significant inches in the cabin and, with new engines, it enters the new era and, with serious steps, traverses the well-trained route of the limousine brothers.
The new CLA we used to ride on the roads around Munich, where it proved to be a versatile coupe, but this time puts more emphasis on its dynamic character. The 1.4-liter four-cylinder petrol engine is a versatile entry point, and the CLA 250 with a 165 kilowatt bipolar will especially convince those who want more sportiness but do not want the uncompromising sporty character of the AMG 45. The two most economical alternatives are two diesel engines. The 85-cylinder 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine consumed five liters of fuel in just over 100 kilometers, and the new 140-kW two-cylinder OM654q already meets the Euro 6D standards that will come into effect in 2020. In Slovenia, the new CLA will work in May with a price of 30 thousand euros. This year, we will be delighted with 60 customers.
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The CLA is one of those cars that combine the cutting-edge classics of the Mercedes-Benz sedans under one roof and simultaneously with the emotional load the younger generation is talking about. Firm lords with a strong financial interior will still invade comfortable cars with a star on the hood and rely on excellent six-cylinder. CLA also with the new look of the candle in the wave of the new era, which brings some daring to the brand and brings an entrance to the world of Mercedes to the eternal dreamer. You know, now CLA, in a few years CLS and, later, class S.
If in Stuttgart, in the design of the previous generation, the principle of compact design was taken seriously, and the interior was made more compact than space, this time with the already recognizable engineering self-confidence successfully combined two worlds.
The CLA is 4,688 millimeters in length and 48 millimeters more than its predecessor. At the same time, it is also 53mm wider and has a 30mm longer intercourse. Due to the extreme dimensions, mainly due to the greater wheelbase, the new generation is significantly more spacious compared to its predecessor in the passenger compartment. Despite our 180 centimeters and the built-in panoramic roof, we had about five inches of space in the backseat. The boot also grew to 460 liters.
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The CLA and Class A are closely interconnected from every beginning. The siblings shared many things, but the biggest difference was the always bold look of the CLA model. This time, Mercedes-Benz also manufactured Limousine Class A and put it in its broad spectrum of sales alongside CLA. Both are talking about a four-door sedan, with an almost identical passenger compartment and pretty much the same functions. It is true that the CLA is officially a four-door coupe, with a more focused ceiling tone and adorned with a brighter look, but the differences between them are at least at first glance.
The designers emphasized the sporty character of the CLA model with the wider front (1,612 to 1,567 mm) and the backs (1,602 to 1,547 mm). Consequently, due to its character, it was equipped with a slightly different suspension, changed the servo settings and adjusted the anti-slip system. The four-door coupe is also 139mm long.
The class A limousine is, of course, more mundane and rational in functional terms. CLA is bolder than the brand design icon also seems to be more irrational.
Robert Lešnik: Design is important, not designer
"The CLA is a very special car, we can also call it a phenomenon. At the moment, we have about 40 different cars in Mercedes, some cars are unchanged for several decades, including, for example, the C-Class. new ones that are connected Just a few years ago, for example, CLA is an incredible car, and in some markets we find 70% of new customers.
How do we get these numbers? Not because of the designer, but because of the design itself. Of course, we started writing the story of the four-door coupe in 2003 with the CLS model. CLA is the same recipe for the CLA model. Smaller and more affordable but done according to the same procedure and now without a competitor in its class.
When we created this car in Mercedes, we first created proportions, then we designed and then we finally dedicated ourselves to the details. We lowered the front by 55 millimeters and increased the wheelbase by 30 millimeters. But my favorite part of the new CLA is the larger diameter of the tire. No matter the rim, but the tire. The larger, the smaller the flat metal. The only one in this segment is 660 mm in diameter, and all others, including the previous CLA, have a diameter of 645 mm. It does not look great, but we only offer it, and it's unique. At the same time, we also increase the width of the tire.
The previous CLA had many rows. At that time, that was completely in line with the guidelines, we do not need it any more today. As the proportions are true, 70% of my work is over. But we still have the so-called & # 39; shark nose & # 39; in the new CLA. This means that, after five degrees, we tilt a triangular star in the mask. That's how we created a lightweight game. If we light a car or see it outside in the light, we will see that the whole front is in the shade. No surface gets caught in the light, making the front more aggressive and sporty. The shark's nose is typical of all our coupes and thanks to the new LED technologies the front headlight can be adjusted by 50mm. We installed the second smaller light line in the light. This luminous eyebrow will also become a constant in future models.
We cleared the sideline. Now it is much more fluid, we emphasize the line? Shoulder. Such a distinctive line is unusual. No one has such a thing. The last part is in line with the rest of the other coupons with us. With all the coupons, we moved the registration plate to the bumper. We stopped the unbroken line between the baggage section and the rear bumper. We've had a big step up there before, but now everything is connected. "
Remember the silver arrows
If in 2004 the CLS sent the world the message that Mercedes-Benz, in addition to its technical progress, is also understood as a bold sports fashion, CLA can write that brings a truly glamorous trend in a premium car company. On the rural roads of Bavaria, this car proved to be a softer sportsman, written in the skin of a young and successful man. Thanks to multi-point rear suspension, large rims, wider hips, thicker stabilizer, optional adjustable suspension, and finally the 4Matic 4Matic, the CLA 220 red recalls the best-selling Silver Arrows.
If the drive driven by the front wheel drive has already revolutionized the first generation, this progress is exponential. The new architecture is complementary to the car's aerodynamic efficiency, and above-average fast-moving sections of the road restore faith in the automotive romance. The CLA can get trapped under the skin and some words also have their identity. She has no problems with her. In addition, he wants to be recognizable, wants to be special and wants to be top-notch. Only a few cars can fight better with the best, at the same time, the magic sun on the roads of the French Riviera, and the same night, look at the red carpet debut film.
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Two for the dynamics, two for the economy
This time we sat behind the wheel of two different models. Unfortunately, we are deprived of driving with the latest two-liter diesel engine codenamed OM 654q. The cross-mounted motor has integrated the selective catalytic reduction of the SCR and already meets the emission standards Euro 6d It is a compact aggregate for compact construction with steel pistons in an aluminum block. In order to reduce the gap between the cylinders from 94 mm to 90 mm, engineers were able to install the exhaust aftertreatment components directly into the engine, which is most effective due to the higher exhaust gas temperature. In order to further reduce harmful emissions, another SCR system in the vehicle exhaust system is installed, which, inter alia, ensures the degradation of ammonia waste.
Let's stay for a short time with diesel engines. We drove a few miles on the standard 1.5-liter four-stroke engine of the OM 608. With 85 kilowatts, it certainly does not belong to engines that will impress with power or with fast acceleration, but on the other hand provides exceptional efficiency. At the end of the planned route, when we covered almost 130 kilometers, the indicator stopped with an average consumption of fuel of 5.3 liters. In this, about 20% of the city traffic in dense traffic, 10% of the motorway and the rest of the mixed cycle with longer regional speeds and frequent stops before entering smaller villages. We are convinced that it would be easy to reduce average consumption to less than five liters. It is also important to praise the smooth operation of the engine at idle and the efficiency of navigation.
Daimler's 1,330 cubic engine and its allies, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, are already familiar with several test cars. It is an extremely compact engine with a dry weight of only 110 kg that works with a seven-speed automatic transmission and an optional 4-wheel drive 4Matic. For better efficiency, it is possible to disconnect the second and third cylinder between 1,250 and 3,800 rpm. At the end of the journey of 150 km, the average stopped at 6.5 liters.