2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA spotted testing in near-production guise

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The extended rear doors, like those of the previously spotted shooting brake variant, appear longer than those of the first-generation, hinting at extended rear legroom and easier entry and exit for passengers.

The new CLA and CLA Shooting Brake will be the fifth and sixth models to use Mercedes-Benz’s MFA2 platform, following on from the A-class, A-class saloon, A-class saloon long wheelbase and recently unveiled B-class. It supports both front- and four-wheel drive and is engineered to accommodate either a torsion beam or multi-link rear suspension.  

The CLA joins a range of new Mercedes-Benz models set to hit the road in 2019, including the fourth-generation GLE and the EQ C electric SUV.

The exact timing of the unveiling of the CLA and CLA Shooting Brake is yet to be revealed though Autocar understands the former is likely to make an appearance at the upcoming 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January, with the latter expected to underpin the German car maker’s stand at the Geneva motor show next March.

Mercedes-Benz reveals ‘continued product offensive’ roadmap for 2019

Mercedes-Benz has confirmed for the first time that it will launch successors to the CLA and CLA Shooting Brake as well as an eighth compact model in the form of the GLB SUV in 2019 with the issuing of a so-called official product roadmap graphic.

The graphic, part of a presentation announcing the German car maker’s 2018 sales up to the end of September, pinpoints six yet to be revealed Mercedes-Benz cars set to be unveiled next year. 

Joining the CLA, CLA Shooting Brake and the GLB will be facelifted versions of the GLC SUV and GLC coupe as well as the third-generation GLS

Other new Mercedes-Benz models confirmed for sale in 2019 include the fourth-generation GLE (formerly M-class), the third-generation B-class and the first model from Mercedes-Benz’s EQ electric car division, the EQ C – all of which have already been revealed. 

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