Mercedes shows 2016 CLA in New York Motor Show

The Mercedes CLA is doing very well indeed. Midway through its life, Mercedes  has bestowed the makeover treatment upon its four-door coupe. And even its own dealers might struggle to tell the difference.

There are highlights, of course, and quite literal ones at that: new ‘LED high performance’ headlights use less than half the energy of equivalent xenons, while they apparently offer illumination that’s much closer to natural daylight, too.

The suspended-in-mid-air media screen is also smarter and more slender this time around. It still looks a bit odd, but trust us, it’s good for sitting in your line of vision.

You want engines? Good, because the new CLA has some. The thriftiest are the CLA200 diesel and petrol motors that come only with front-wheel drive and 7-speed auto. AWD appears as you head up the range, culminating in the exceedingly boisterous CLA45 AMG model. It gets the updated 2-litre petrol turbo engine that now makes 376bhp, 21 more than the existing motor. That’s enough to get the Coupe from 0-100kph in 4.2secs.

If it wasn’t enough, the ‘new’ CLA gets more slippery aerodynamics than before, while those natty LED lights come as standard. And if the CLA45 is anything like the A45 AMG post-facelift, they’ll be rather more fun to drive than before, too.

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