Mercedes-Benz’s A-Class is getting more grunt and a new look. Will the CLA follow suit?

Mercedes-Benz is preparing to introduce an updated version of the entry-level A-Class hatchback, and a new report gives us a good idea of what to expect from it when it lands.

Set to go on sale across Europe next summer, the 2016 A-Class will benefit from a minor nip and tuck that will bring a new front fascia with a revised bumper, tweaked headlights and a redesigned radiator grille.

Out back, the CLA’s Euro-flavored sibling will gain new-look tail lamps and a more muscular-looking lower bumper. The usual assortment of new alloy wheel designs and additional paint colors will round out the exterior modifications.

Although they’re shaping up to be relatively minor, the updates are expected bring the A-Class in line with Mercedes latest design language and help it fend off competition from the thoroughly renewed BMW 1 Series, its arch enemy on the old continent, and the Audi A3.

The upgrades will be more significant under the hood, and sources close to Mercedes claim that the range-topping A 45 hot hatch (pictured) will benefit from a slight bump in power. Like the GLA 45 and the CLA 45 sold on our shores, the A 45 is currently powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that sends a whopping 355 horsepower to all four wheels via an automatic transmission.

The bump in power will be accompanied by a new name. Starting early next year, the A 45 will leave the Mercedes-Benz moniker and join the burgeoning Mercedes-AMG lineup.

Lesser A-Class models will get more efficient engines in order to comply with the strict emissions regulations that are set to come into effect across Europe in the coming years. However, Mercedes says that downsizing has its limits and it will not launch a three-cylinder engine to compete against BMW’s turbocharged 1.5-liter triple.

Additional details about the 2016 Mercedes-Benz A-Class will emerge over the coming months. Nothing is official at this point, but it’s not too far-fetched to imagine that the U.S.-spec CLA will undergo roughly the same visual updates – and, more importantly, get the same bump in power – shortly after the updated A is introduced.

Product Review

2019 Volkswagen Jetta offers German refinement and tech at an affordable price

With enough tech to make villains jealous, the Volkswagen Jetta punches above its class as a forward-thinking sedan. Spacious, comfortable, and efficient, the Jetta is a refined offering. German refinement comes with a serious attitude.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC coupe gets a tech upgrade, keeps quirky styling

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC coupe debuts at the 2019 New York Auto Show with an upgraded infotainment system that incorporates Mercedes' digital assistant. The SUV launches later this year with turbocharged four-cylinder power.
Product Review

Who needs a Range Rover? BMW’s X7 has better tech and just as much luxury

The 2019 BMW X7 is the German automaker’s long-overdue entry into the full-size luxury SUV segment. Packing three rows of seats and plenty of tech, can the new BMW take on Mercedes-Benz and Land Rover?

Teens are using Google Docs as the modern version of passing notes in class

Google Docs is reportedly being used by teens as a secret communications app. Instead of passing notes, students are now using the software's live chat function or comment boxes to talk with their friends while in the middle of classes.

BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe teased way ahead of its November debut

The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe is coming to the United States, eventually. The new compact BMW won't be unveiled until the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show in November. The Gran Coupe will be based on a front-wheel drive platform.

Tesla lets you skip the dealership, order a car from the comfort of your couch

Tesla has always bypassed traditional dealerships, and it has now adopted an online-only sales model that lets customers configure and order their car without leaving their couch. Here's what you need to know.
Product Review

The Ferrari Portofino is the super stallion you’ll want to drive every day

With the introduction of the Portofino, Ferrari addresses the California T’s stylistic shortcomings while improving comfort, convenience, and performance. There’s little “entry-level” about this super stallion.

Autonomous shuttle rides coming to New York City via Optimus Ride

Workers at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in NY City will soon be able to make their way around the 300-acre industrial park in Optimus Ride's self-driving shuttles. The tech startup says it's the first trial of its kind in the state.

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi group uses Microsoft cloud platform for connected cars

The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance is launching a new cloud platform for its cars. Based on Microsoft Azure, the Alliance Intelligent Cloud will enable features like connected services and over-the-air updates.

The 2019 Toyota C-HR gains a popular tech feature as its price comes down

Toyota has updated the C-HR, its entry-level crossover, by adding an entry-level trim level to the lineup. Every model regardless of price also comes standard with an 8.0-inch touchscreen compatible with Apple CarPlay.

The 2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe is an exercise in form-over-function design

Porsche expanded its lineup of SUVs with a swoopier evolution of the Cayenne named Cayenne Coupe. Don't let the name fool you: it still has four doors. It stands out with a fastback-like roofline that's lower than the Cayenne's.
Product Review

Chris is the virtual co-pilot phone-obsessives need in their car

Driving while using your phone is dangerous, and often illegal. Meet Chris, the digital assistant for your car that wants to help keep your hands off your phone, and your eyes on the road.

Protect yourself and your ride with our favorite dash cams

Dashboard cameras can assist drivers in car accident claims, settle speeding ticket disputes, and even catch glimpses of incoming meteors, among other things. Here, we've compiled a list of the most noteworthy offerings available.

Tesla revives its referral program with chances to win a Roadster

Tesla has revived its referral program that ended in February because of cost pressures. This time around the perks aren't quite as diverse, though it does offer regular chances to win a Roadster or Model Y.