Mercedes-Benz wants to expand its U.S. presence, and it's very likely to achieve that goal with the CLA250. Beautifully proportioned styling, strong performance, and the prestige of a three-pointed star make the CLA250 an instant threat to rivals like the Acura ILX and Audi A3.
But the CLA250's potential for conquest doesn't end with traditional competitors. Front-wheel drive and a base price under $30,000 also put it squarely in the sights of non-premium brands like Volkswagen and Ford. This concept might be new to Americans, but it's business as usual in markets like Europe, where Mercedes-Benz has long offered compact and subcompact models that compete at the top end of their respective segments.