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New Mercedes CLA

New Mercedes CLA

( 4UMF NEWS ) New Mercedes CLA:

After decades of selling only rear-wheel and all-wheel-drive cars in the U.S., Mercedes-Benz on Sunday announced its sole front-wheel-drive entry for the U.S. market.

The German automaker used a private event ahead of the 2013 Detroit Auto Show to debut the all-new CLA250. It’s a compact, four-door coupe in a similar style to the larger and more expensive CLS.

The CLA will be launched initially only with front-wheel drive; an all-wheel-drive model comes later. It will compete in a nascent segment of compact, luxury cars that will soon include the all-new Audi A3 sedan and the recently launched Acura ILX. BMW, which sells only rear-wheel-drive cars here now, also plans to bring a front-wheel-drive vehicle to the U.S. market.

Audi has proven the point that you can have a front-wheel-drive car in the luxury market,” said Dave Sullivan, manager of product analysis for research firm AutoPacific Inc. “It has gotten the attention of BMW and Mercedes-Benz. You can sell a lot of cars around the world with a really good front-wheel-drive car.”

The CLA will slot below Mercedes’ C-Class when it goes on sale in September 2013. The base CLA will start at about $30,000, Mercedes said, comfortably below the $35,000 starting price of the larger C-Class. It will serve as a more expressive, sport-oriented vehicle that should add some sex appeal to the company’s conservative image.

“We think that a primary target for this are people in their 30s and early 40s,” said Steve Cannon, chief executive of Mercedes-Benz USA. “We want to bring new people into the brand.”

Mercedes worked on giving the CLA an aggressive design to put space between it and the automakers more conservative C-Class sedans so as not to cannibalize sales, said Heiko Schmidt, product manager for the CLA.

“We wanted it to have a bold status and presence on the road,” Schmidt said. “It shouldn’t look like just another compact sedan.”

The CLA250 will be powered by a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, direct-injected four-cylinder engine making 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. It will route power to the front wheels via a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission with shift paddles. In spring 2014, Mercedes will offer the CLA250 4MATIC, an all-wheel-drive version with the same engine and transmission.

Fuel economy numbers have not been divulged, but Mercedes says all CLA models will have a start/stop function to help save fuel. Other standard equipment includes a 5.8-inch display screen on the center console, a sport-tuned suspension, Bluetooth connectivity, 17-inch alloy wheels and run-flat tires.

The CLA will also come standard with its collision prevention assist feature, which at speeds above 4 mph warns drivers of an impending collision and can calculate in advance the appropriate brake force needed to stop the car.

All this is wrapped up in a seductive, wind-swept body that Mercedes says has the lowest drag coefficient of any production car. The profile of the CLA is similar to that of a coupe, with a gently sloping roof line and a short trunk lid. The car also features LED daytime running lights and sculpted door panels below frameless doors.