Mercedes-Benz introduced the current-generation CLA-Class in 2019, so it’s high time that we see a refreshed version being tested. Thankfully, YouTube user walkoARTvideos captured one in Germany attempting to camouflage the changes.
The CLA facelift prototype that was spotted only has its front and back fascia covered, similar to the Mercedes A-Class on which it is based, suggesting that only minimal alterations are being made. There may be a few tweaks here and there, and new lighting fixtures are anticipated. The bumpers might undergo alterations because the prototypes include concealments there as well. Due to the fact that this is only a mid-cycle upgrade, these are not unexpected.
Substantial interior alterations are unavoidable, mostly to modernise the swoopy sedan and stay up with the times. It won’t come as a surprise if the brand’s newest MBUX infotainment software is paired with an updated centre console and instrument panel.
Mercedes is most likely going to use the same engine for the redesigned CLA. The seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four should remain. The 4Matic all-wheel-drive model ought should be available as well. It’s also likely that the more potent AMG versions, which ought to be the entry-level AMG vehicles for the US market, will be released.
Speaking of the A-Class, the refreshed version of the entry-level Merc has also been spotted testing earlier on. We expect Mercedes to unveil the facelifted model this year for the 2023 model year. If the rumor mill holds true, this will be the final version of the A-Class, which will be axed in 2025 along with the B-Class.
Of note, the refreshed A-Class won’t make it stateside as Mercedes is planning to retire the model in the US after the 2022 model year. This will effectively make the upcoming 2023 CLA the entry-level Merc for the US market, making its debut sooner rather than later.
Source: walkoARTvideos via YouTube