2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA spied inside and out

Interior of new sporty sedan looks remarkably familiar

Our spy photography agency has spotted the next-generation Mercedes-Benz CLA “four-door coupe” again.

This time around, though, the photography team has managed to get a glimpse inside the second-generation CLA, and, well, it looks a lot like the A-Class it’s based on.

Like the already unveiled A-Class hatch and sedan, the new CLA has a large rectangular display area containing both a digital instrumentation screen and a touchscreen for the MBUX infotainment system.

Underneath this there are three circular vents in a piano black pod with a slimline set of air conditioning controls below.

The prototype seen here has a flat-bottomed steering wheel with red stitching and central marker. We suspect most of the cabin differentiation between the CLA and A-Class will come down to specifications and trim.

These latest photos also give us a slightly better look at the exterior, as there’s now no longer any camouflage tape covering the pillars, roof or side sills. Once again, the new CLA will cram as many CLS styling cues as it can onto the A-Class’ platform.

Under the skin, we expect the new CLA to be offered with most, if not all, of the A-Class’ selection of turbocharged four-cylinder engines. Given its sporty nature, we expect to see an AMG CLA35 with the A35’s 225kW/400Nm 2.0-litre turbo, and a new range-topping AMG CLA45.

Whereas the previous-generation CLA was the only small front-wheel drive sedan in the Mercedes-Benz portfolio, this time around it will have internal competition from the more practical and, most likely, cheaper A-Class sedan.

It will be interesting to see how the two vehicles fare on the market.

The new CLA is expected to debut in production form some time early in 2019.