Mercedes Benz CLA and CLA Shooting brake treated to a facelift

  • CLA and CLA Shooting Brake updated
  • Minor cosmetic tweaks with modern tech as standard
  • 1.5-litre diesel boasts 78 – 81mpg claimed economy

The Mercedes-Benz CLA and CLA Shooting Brake estate bodystyle have undergone a minor update.

The CLA 180 d BlueEFFICIENCY Edition will take the limelight for being the most efficient in the range, producing 89g/km of CO2 emissions in the hatchback, and 94g/km in the Shooting Brake. This means both bodystyles will fall under the 18 percent BIK tax rate for the current 2016/17 year. Available with a manual transmission only, the hatchback is claimed to average 81mpg for the hatchback and 78mpg for the Shooting Brake.

The 1.5-litre diesel will produce 107bhp and reach 62mph within 11.6 seconds in the hatch, and 11.9 for the Shooting Brake claims Mercedes.

Wearing new bumpers, alloy wheels, and a black radiator grille, the new additions on the CLA range include a new dark blue metallic paint finish and the addition of a new selection of alloy wheel designs.

Inside, the cabin has been treated to new seat facings, dash-trim finishers and the option to have a slimmer, freestanding eight-inch infotainment display on the centre of the dash. The new facelifted model also sports new dials with red needles in the instrument cluster.

For those with safety in mind, autonomous braking is fitted as a means of reducing rear-end collisions, while standard LED headlamps reduce glare for those who spend a lot of time driving at night. At 34-watts, these headlamps consume 60 percent less energy than xenon headlamps, and around 70 percent less than traditional halogen bulbs.

Prices are yet to be announced, but the facelifted CLA hatchback was unveiled at the New York Motor Show this week, with the Shooting Brake launched at the Laureus World Sports Awards in Berlin in April. Both models will be available to order from April 2016 with deliveries arriving in July.