The Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class range is getting a makeover. Over the past few months our spy photographers have captured the car during testing, and the latest images show the CLA Shooting Brake. Camouflage patches hide subtle styling changes to the car, which focus on the front and rear fascias.
The Shooting Brake will get a new face with minor styling changes, such as a reshaped bumper and modified grille. The camouflage on the back only hides the rear lights which, like the headlights, will receive new internal graphics. If the A-Class update is any indication, the CLA redesign will focus on updating the exterior, which the camouflage conveniently hides.
There are no photos of the car’s interior, but previews of the cabin don’t show Mercedes trying to hide it. That likely means the company isn’t changing much, with the dual-screen layout remaining. One change Mercedes could make to the interior is the center console, which the company tweaked with the A-Class. The car will also get the automaker’s latest MBUX software.
Bigger changes are coming under the hood. Mercedes will electrify the CLA’s engine lineup with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system, pairing the various powertrains with seven- or eight-speed gearboxes. The electric boost should result in more power and improved performance for the CLA. We expect the hottest AMG CLA variants to return with the mid-cycle redesign, with the CLA 35 getting a hybrid setup and the CLA 45 likely producing the same 416 horsepower (310 kilowatts) as the revamped A-Class. .
The second-generation CLA Shooting Brake debuted in 2019, which isn’t too old. However, Mercedes is updating it anyway, bringing its design more in line with the rest of the company’s ever-evolving range. The end of the year is fast approaching, so Mercedes is racing against time if it plans to launch the revamped CLA range this year. If 2022 is coming to an end, we shouldn’t have to wait too long into 2023 for the reveal.