2022 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

Justin Cupler
Automotive Editor - October 27, 2020

Model Preview

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.

Mercedes 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.

Pricing & Release Date

Mercedes hasn’t officially announced when the 2022 CLA-Class will arrive, but based on previous release dates, we expect it to arrive in the spring or summer of 2021.

Pricing is also not official yet, but with no changes in the works, we the 2022 CLA-Class’ MSRP is likely to remain close to the current model’s $38,900 to $48,900 (destination fees included) MSRP range. This range doesn’t include the range-topping AMG CLA45, as Mercedes hasn’t released its pricing yet.

This compact sedan will compete with the BMW 3-Series, Audi A3, and Jaguar XE.

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