Mercedes-Benz will launch successors to the CLA and CLA Shooting Brake alongside a whole host of new models for 2019
Mercedes-Benz has confirmed for the first time that it will launch successors to the CLA and CLA Shooting Brake as well as an eighth compact model in the form of the GLB SUV in 2019 with the issuing of a so-called official product roadmap graphic.
The graphic, part of a presentation announcing the German car maker’s 2018 sales up to the end of September, pinpoints six yet to be revealed Mercedes-Benz cars set to be unveiled next year.
Other new Mercedes-Benz models confirmed for sale in 2019 include the fourth-generation GLE (formerly M-class), the third-generation B-class and the first model from Mercedes-Benz’s EQ electric car division, the EQ C – all of which have already been revealed.
The exact timing of the unveiling of the CLA and CLA Shooting Brake is yet to be revealed though Autocar understands the former is likely to make an appearance at the upcoming 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January, with the latter expected to underpin the German car maker’s stand at the Geneva motor show next March.
Details to the four-door CLA remain scarce, though recent prototypes caught it with a distinctly more sporting appearance than the recently unveiled A-class saloon, alongside which it is planned to be produced at Mercedes-Benz’s factory in Kecskemet Hungary, with greater tapering to its front end, a more heavily angled windscreen, greater curvature to its roofline, a shallower glasshouse with frameless doors and a more shapely rear end.
The new look is a further evolution of Mercedes-Benz so-called sensual purity design lineage with smoother and fuller forms set to replace the taught surfacing treatment and heavily etched swage lines of the first-generation CLA.
At this stage it is not known whether the new model will manage to match the outstanding aerodynamic efficiency of the first generation CLA, which holds the distinction of being the most aerodynamically efficient car ever placed into larger scale production with a drag co-efficient of just 0.22 in CLA180 BlueEfficiency guise.
If the prototypes being tested by Mercedes-Benz are any guide, however, the 2019-model-year CLA will be quite a bit larger than its predecessor, with a longer wheelbase set to provide added length to the rear door apertures in a move aimed to ease entry to the rear along with improved rear legroom.
Even less clear is the look set to be adopted by the second-generation CLA Shooting Brake. Like its predecessor, though, it is rumoured to receive a heavily stylised appearance with a sloping roofline and heavily angled tailgate set to prioritise good looks ahead of ultimate load carrying capacity.
The new CLA and CLA Shooting Brake will be the fifth and sixth models to use Mercedes-Benz’s MFA2 platform, following on from the A-class, A-class saloon, A-class saloon long wheelbase and recently unveiled B-class. It supports both front- and four-wheel drive and is engineered to accommodate either a torsion beam or multi-link rear suspension.
Together, the two models they form part of a future eight-model-strong compact car line-up that will also include the new BMW X1 and Audi Q3 rivalling GLB SUV, which the Mercedes-Benz roadmap hints will be unveiled during the latter half of 2019, as well as a successor to the GLA set to be launched in 2020.
Power for the new will come from a range of four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, including a powered up version of Mercedes-Benz’s latest M260 petrol unit in a new four-wheel drive CLA35 4Matic and CLA35 4Matic Shooting Brake models from AMG.
A more highly tuned version of the M260 engine with over 400bhp will also be used to power range-topping CLA45 and CLA45 Shooting Brake models, according to Mercedes-AMG officials.