Mercedes-Benz is in the process of implementing mid-cycle updates to its compact range and the latest to receive an update is the CLA-Class.
The updated CLA-Class is slated to hit dealerships later in 2023 as a 2024 model in regular CLA-Class guise and spicy CLA 35 and CLA 45 S AMG livery.
The CLA-Class is now Mercedes’ only compact sedan offering in the US, as the A-Class was discontinued after 2022. The A-Class continues to be available in other markets where it has received its own update.
The tweaks made to the 2024 CLA-Class are mild, even by mid-cycle update standards. Exterior changes are limited to a revised front fascia and grille and a new diffuser design at the rear. There are also new graphics for the lights at both ends, which feature LED technology as standard, and the color palette has been expanded to include a Hyper Blue color exclusive to the CLA-Class.
Inside, Mercedes offers standard 10.3-inch screens for the instrument cluster and infotainment system, with the latter running the latest version of Mercedes’ MBUX interface with voice activation. The steering wheel is covered with nappa leather as standard; an AMG Line steering wheel is available as an alternative for the first time.
Other standard features include automatic high beams, folding and auto-dimming door mirrors, a system that helps drivers park in tight spots (but doesn’t do it for them), and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A Burmester audio system with Dolby Atmos is also available, as is the driver assistance package from Mercedes, which includes a variety of active safety features.
The 2024 CLA-Class is offered exclusively in a CLA 250-Class equipped with a 2.0-liter Turbo 4. The engine is rated at 221 hp, but a mild hybrid system can provide a temporary 13 hp boost in high-load situations. Buyers can choose from standard front-wheel drive or available all-wheel drive, and with either configuration, acceleration from 0 to 60 mph takes about 6.3 seconds.
Buyers looking for more power should check out the AMG classes, as these offer up to 416 hp.
Pricing information for the 2024 CLA-Class will be announced shortly before the market launch.