In 2020, Mercedes launched the redesigned CLA-Class, moving it upmarket from its entry-level roots to being the brand’s second-level sedan. With the new-generation CLA-Class going into just its fourth year, we expect the 2022 CLA-Class to be a carryover model.
The new-generation CLA-Class rolled in with an all-new design that included a larger body with smooth body lines, a wide grille, sleek headlights, a swoopier roofline, wide taillights, and a tapered back end. We expect this design to remain the same in the 2022 CLA-Class.
Inside, the new-generation CLA-Class takes a big step into the modern era. This new look includes stylish circular HVAC vents, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, metallic accents, a slim and sleek HVAC interface, side-by-side 7-inch screens, and more. Moving into AMG models adds a flat-bottom steering wheel, red stitching, shift paddles, and more. We expect these design cues to remain the same in the 2022 CLA-Class.
The current CLA-Class’ standard features include power front seats, synthetic leather upholstery, heated and cooled front seats, ambient lighting, a panoramic roof, power features, keyless ignition, Bluetooth, start/stop, drive modes, five USB-C ports, LED headlights, 18-inch wheels, fold-down rear seats, two 7-inch screens, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and more. We anticipate these standard features to remain the same in the 2022 CLA-Class.
The current CLA-Class comes standard with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 221 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is optional. The base CLA-Class sprints to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds. The AMG CLA35 pumps the 2.0-liter engine to 302 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque and adds an AMG-tuned seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and all-wheel drive, dropping its 0-60 time to 4.6 seconds. The AMG CLA45 goes a step further with a 2.0-liter four-pot that pumps out 382 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque, which scurries it to 60 mph in just four seconds.
The current CLA-Class hasn’t been through IIHS and NHTSA safety testing, but it has standard automatic emergency braking. Optionally, buyers can add adaptive cruise with traffic-sign recognition, automatic lane change, blind-spot monitors, a surround-view camera system, and a head-up display. We expect these features to remain the same in the 2022 CLA-Class.