Mercedes-Benz has revealed its 2017 CLA-Class ahead of its debut in New York next week, highlighting some of the refreshed compact’s visual and equipment upgrades.
Mechanically, the 2017 model is essentially unchanged. Like the CLA45, the basic CLA-Class doesn’t get a power bump, but it does get some updated looks and new equipment.
For starters, standard equipment now includes a rear-view camera (ahead of its mandated inclusion in 2018). The base model also gets Active Brake Assist (the automated braking system previously known as Collision Prevention Assist) as standard equipment.
Aesthetically, the interior gets some other upgrades. The infotainment screen is now a slim 8″ unit (previously a conventional 5.8″ display). The gauge cluster was also freshened up a bit, with new dials sporting red needles.
Controls have been upgraded with a more premium silver chrome finish (the same can also be found on the storage compartment surround in the center console). Interior trim pieces are now available in either “sail,” matte black ash wood, black Dinamica microfiber and aluminum (Dinamica requires the Sport Package Plus).
The optional equipment list has been update for 2017 as well. LED lighting is now available as part of a package that includes intensity-controlled LED tail lamps to reduce the impact on following traffic depending on time of day. A gesture-operated, hands-free trunk is also available with the Premium package.
As another added bonus, ticking the box for the new Smartphone Integration package allows users access to Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
If you’re eager to make a deposit, start calling your favorite dealers. The 2017 model should land in U.S. showrooms some time in the third quarter of this year.
Check back next week for live photos and any additional highlights when the 2017 CLA-Class makes its official debut at the New York International Auto Show.