2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA Updated With Slightly More Powerful Diesel

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Some of the changes made to the B-Class are now finding their way into the newer CLA four-door coupe, the two cars sharing their platforms and many of their engines. A 2015 model has been announced today by the German car company, with changes that target European market models.
Just like on the B, top-spec diesels get a slight bump in power. To be more precise, the CLA 220 CDI’s 2.1-liter mill now puts out 177 PS and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque, which is 7 PS more than before. 0 to 100 km/h takes the same 8.2 seconds as before, but the top speed has been ever-so slightly increased from 230 to 232 km/h (144 mph).

It’s worth noting that earlier this year, Mercedes has also announced the CLA 200 CDI diesel model will switch from using 1.8-liter to 2.1 liter engine blocks, output remaining the same at 136 PS. A further highlight is offered by the CLA 180 CDI, which now has emissions of only 99 g CO2/km.

Are these changes important? Actually they’re kind of crucial. A direct rival from BMW doesn’t exist at the moment, but the Bavarians have a 190 PS 2-liter diesel, still more powerful than than the CLA 220. Audi’s A3 Limousine, meanwhile, packs a 150 base 2.0 TDI and a 184 PS one as well, though only available with a stick and front-wheel drive.

Moving on to the other changes brought about by the 2015 model, a new set of 19-inch wheels with a gloss black finish have been made available. For the interior, changes include a new satin finish wood trim for the dash and an ambient lighting system that now features

The addition of Keyless-Go is, in our opinion, the most welcomed of all the changes and ensures the CLA has an easier time of living up to its premium badge.
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