Mercedes-Benz has confirmed for the primary time that it's going to launch successors to the CLA and CLA Capturing Brake in addition to an eighth compact mannequin within the type of the GLB SUV in 2019 with the issuing of a so-called official product roadmap graphic.
The graphic, a part of a presentation asserting the German automobile maker’s 2018 gross sales as much as the top of September, pinpoints six but to be revealed Mercedes-Benz automobiles set to be unveiled subsequent 12 months.
Becoming a member of the CLA, CLA Capturing Brake and the GLB can be facelifted variations of the GLC SUV and GLC coupe in addition to the third-generation GLS.
Different new Mercedes-Benz fashions confirmed on the market in 2019 embrace the fourth-generation GLE (previously M-class), the third-generation B-class and the primary mannequin from Mercedes-Benz’s EQ electrical automobile division, the EQ C - all of which have already been revealed.
The precise timing of the disclosing of the CLA and CLA Capturing Brake is but to be revealed although Autocar understands the previous is more likely to make an look on the upcoming 2019 Shopper Electronics Present in Las Vegas in January, with the latter anticipated to underpin the German automobile maker’s stand on the Geneva motor present subsequent March.
Particulars to the four-door CLA stay scarce, although latest prototypes caught it with a distinctly extra sporting look than the just lately unveiled A-class saloon, alongside which it's deliberate to be produced at Mercedes-Benz’s manufacturing facility in Kecskemet Hungary, with better tapering to its entrance finish, a extra closely angled windscreen, better curvature to its roofline, a shallower glasshouse with frameless doorways and a extra shapely rear finish.
The brand new look is an extra evolution of Mercedes-Benz so-called sensual purity design lineage with smoother and fuller varieties set to exchange the taught surfacing remedy and closely etched swage traces of the first-generation CLA.
At this stage it isn't identified whether or not the brand new mannequin will handle to match the excellent aerodynamic effectivity of the primary era CLA, which holds the excellence of being essentially the most aerodynamically environment friendly automobile ever positioned into bigger scale manufacturing with a drag co-efficient of simply zero.22 in CLA180 BlueEfficiency guise.
If the prototypes being examined by Mercedes-Benz are any information, nonetheless, the 2019-model-year CLA can be fairly a bit bigger than its predecessor, with an extended wheelbase set to supply added size to the rear door apertures in a transfer aimed to ease entry to the rear together with improved rear legroom.
Even much less clear is the look set to be adopted by the second-generation CLA Capturing Brake. Like its predecessor, although, it's rumoured to obtain a closely stylised look with a sloping roofline and closely angled tailgate set to prioritise attractiveness forward of final load carrying capability.
The brand new CLA and CLA Capturing Brake would be the fifth and sixth fashions to make use of Mercedes-Benz’s MFA2 platform, following on from the A-class, A-class saloon, A-class saloon lengthy wheelbase and just lately unveiled B-class. It helps each front- and four-wheel drive and is engineered to accommodate both a torsion beam or multi-link rear suspension.
Collectively, the 2 fashions they kind a part of a future eight-model-strong compact automobile line-up that may even embrace the brand new BMW X1 and Audi Q3 rivalling GLB SUV, which the Mercedes-Benz roadmap hints can be unveiled throughout the latter half of 2019, in addition to a successor to the GLA set to be launched in 2020.
Energy for the brand new will come from a spread of four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, together with a powered up model of Mercedes-Benz’s newest M260 petrol unit in a brand new four-wheel drive CLA35 4Matic and CLA35 4Matic Capturing Brake fashions from AMG.
A extra extremely tuned model of the M260 engine with over 400bhp may even be used to energy range-topping CLA45 and CLA45 Capturing Brake fashions, in keeping with Mercedes-AMG officers.
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