2021 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Release Date, News & Specs

With its coupelike styling and relative affordability, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class will appeal to buyers looking to upgrade to a luxury brand. However, rear seat space, transmission, ride quality should give you a pause. According to our investigation, its date of release should be expected around August 2021.

Its success pillars are built on a fiery AMG-model performance, commendable handling and power, and an affordable window sticker for a luxury-car status.

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Known for its affordability, the new CLA-Class continues to offer many people a chance to own a new luxury sedan with a Mercedes nameplate. However, its price has continued to increase despite an initial MSRP offering starting below $30,000. This has put its affordability in question considering the price competition fresher and newer models come with. But considering this is a Mercedes-Benz which to many symbolizes a sense of uniqueness, reliability, and performance, its rivals in its price range pose little or no threat.

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Although the CLA-Class makes considerable concessions in certain areas in order to remain in the same price range, it still ride, feels, and appeals like an authentic luxury sedan. The CLA250 model for instance offers user-friendly ergonomics, a serene cabin, performance dynamics, and impressive fuel consumption ratings. Also, there is the AMG CLA45 model which comes with a standard AWD system, a blistering acceleration, revised transmission gear ratios, and eye-popping 375 hp and 350 lbs. ft. of torque.

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While the 2021 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class will still attract a significant sales figure, other alternatives in the segment offer a functional and practical appeal for the money. Some concerns you should be worried about the CLA-Class include a cramped rear seat, potentially harsh ride quality, sluggish throttle response and unrefined transmission, and limited rear visibility.

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Are you ready to live with that? If not, there are some pretty good alternatives you should consider. They include the 2021 Audi A3, the 2021 Acura TLX, the 2021 BMW M235i, 2021 Audi S3, and 2021 Volkswagen GTI. Nevertheless, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class provides the prestige and style worth a tri-point star badge.

Trims Available – Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

The compact Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class 2021 luxury four door sedan is available in the top-of-the-range AMG CLA45, mid-trim CLA250 4Matic, and the base CLA250.

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The base CLA250 comes standard with a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, automatic wipers, ambient interior lighting, an eight-way power driver seat, 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic climate control (dual-zone), a 60/40-split folding rear seat, and MB-Tex premium vinyl upholstery.

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Electronic features include Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a CD player, a media player interface, HD and satellite radio, mbrace2 emergency communications, a 7” central display, a USB port, and an auxiliary audio jack.

The only difference between the base CLA250 and the CLA250 4Matic is the latter’s exclusive standard all-wheel-drive system.

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The AMG CLA45 comes equipped with a sport-tuned suspension system, a special seat upholstery, bi-xenon headlights, upgraded brakes, a more powerful engine, exterior and interior styling elements, LED daytime running lights, special AMG wheels, and upgraded brakes.

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The Premium, Multimedia, and Driver Assistance packages optionally available for all CLAs includes heated front seats, a larger 8” central infotainment screen, keyless entry and ignition, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, a navigation system, blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure intervention, adaptive cruise control, satellite radio, and auto-dimming exterior mirrors. Also available for an extra are Sport, Night, Sport Plus, Interior, and AMG Dynamic packages.

Engine Specs – 2021 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

A four-cylinder turbocharged 2.0L engine rated at 208 horsepower and 258 lbs. ft. of torque comes equipped under the hood of the Benz CLA-Class for 2021. This output is routed to the front wheels via the seven-speed automated manual automated manual transmission system. The estimated fuel economy for the FWD model as per EPA are 26/38/30 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and 24/33/27 mpg for the CLA250 4Matic model.

2021 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class engine

Next up, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz CLA-CLA45 comes with a more agile version of the above engine – rated at 375 hp and 350 lbs. ft. of torque. According to Mercedes, this model should be able to sprint to 60 mph in just under 4.7 seconds.

2021 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Price & Release Date

August 2021 is the estimated time for its release according to various speculative online sources. The window sticker for the 2021 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class features – “MSRP starting from $32,050 for the sedan, and $49,500 for the AMG CLA45 model.”

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2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Release Date, News & Specs

2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class News – With its high-tech driver assistance and safety features, luxurious and comfortable interior, and advanced engines, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is one of the best small luxury sedans you can get at its price. Its release date should be expected sometime during the 3rd Q of 2021.

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Additionally, a refined handling and ride quality, meticulous construction, rip-roaring AMG C63 model, diverse engine choice, elegant interior, and unrivaled engineering are just some of the features the new vehicle boasts of. Coming off a redesign last year, the new vehicle boasts of several updates and changes but you shouldn’t expect anything evolutionary.

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Interior wise, the new C-Class departs dramatically from the conservative aesthetic of its outgoing model. The materials quality is exceptional, in all fairness, you won’t get an interior with this level of sophistication in its rivals. The soft-touch materials provide a cool and modern driving environment.

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Another change over the previous model is the improved rear leg-room which, according to Mercedes, is now 35.2”. with this space now available for your backseat comfort, there is no reason why you should opt for the either the BMW 3 Series of the Audi A4 as space was one of the chief reasons why many people opted for those two over the Mercedes.

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The cabin comes chock full of technology offerings. You can either settle for the standard 7” display of opt for the 8.4” screen. Whichever way you decide to go, the bottom line is, you’ll get crisp graphics that underpin the brands upscale offerings. Additionally, the standard COMMAND entertainment display available mimics a trackpad and tablet gesture like tapping, pinching and swiping.

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Well, it is always imperative we offer you other alternatives for a wholesome approach before settling on one. As such, its bogeys to check out include the 2021 Audi A4, 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the 2021 BMW 3 Series, the 2021 Cadillac ATS, 2021 Lexus IS, the 2021 Infiniti Q50. Although the competition may offer slightly expensive alternatives, engaging driving dynamics, and lots of appealing features, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is undoubtedly one of the best small luxury sedans globally nonetheless.

Trims Available – Mercedes-Benz C-Class

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The new 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class just like the previous model is offered in a walloping six trims: AMG C63 S, AMG C63, C450 AMG, C350e, C300d, and the base C300 trim. Furthermore, some trims come with both Luxury and Sport subtrims.

Interior Changes & Exterior Review – Mercedes-Benz C-Class For 2021

The C300 offers standard automatic climate control (dual-zone), 10-way power front seats, auto-dimming exterior mirrors, synthetic leather upholstery, automatic headlights, 17-inch alloy wheels, a power tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, the COMMAND infotainment system, driver memory settings, automatic wipers, a console-mounted dial controller, Bluetooth phone and audio controls, HD and satellite radio, an SD card reader, 7-inch central display, a 40/20/40-split folding rear seatbacks, and a CD player.

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The optional Premium and Multimedia packages bundle LED taillights, ventilated and heated front seats, leather upholstery, LED headlights, 13-speaker Burmester sound system, a rearview camera, a navigation system, an upgraded 8.4” touchscreen display, automatic high beam control, adaptive LED headlights, ambient interior lighting, keyless entry and ignition, and scented cabin air.

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The Night, Airmatic, and Parking Assist packages bundle gloss-black exterior, unique black-and-silver wheels, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure intervention, rear-cross traffic alert, an enhanced collision mitigation system, and front and rear impact sensors.

Next up is the C450 AMG 4Matic. It comes packed with 18-inch wheels, sport front seats, AMG-themed interior styling, upgraded brakes and steering, a V6 engine, sport front seat bolstering, and an adaptive sport-tuned suspension.

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The RWD AMG C63 sedan adds a performance software, a mechanical limited-slip differential, wider 18” wheels, and a V8 engine. The C63 S trim further adds an active engine mount, a limited-slip differential, red brake calipers, larger front brakes, and 19-icnh wheels.

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Stand-alone options include race-inspired front sport seats, two-tone leather upholstery, a dual-mode sport exhaust, a panoramic sunroof, a power rear window sunshade, manual rear side window sunshades, front and rear parking sensors, a heated steering wheel, carbon fiber exterior and interior trim, and automatic parking assist.

2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Engine Specs

The base C300 4Matic sedan comes equipped with a 2.0L turbocharged engine good for 241 hp and 272 lbs. ft. of torque. According to preliminary EPA reports, the model should be able to return 24/31/27 mpg in the city/highway/combined. 6.5 seconds is the time you require to zoom to 60 mph with the 4Matic sedan.

The AWD-only C300 features a diesel four-cylinder 2.0L engine good for 190 hp and 369 lbs. ft. of torque. EPA projections for this model haven’t been concluded yet as of this writing but we should expected 35mpg/combined.

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Opting for the C350e Hybrid model will get you a combination of a gasoline four-cylinder engine and an electric motor for a combined output of 275 horsepower and 443 lbs. ft. of torque. More details on charging time and fuel economy ratings are forthcoming.

A turbocharged 3.0L V6 engine rated at 362 hp and 383 lbs. ft. of torque is available for the C450 AMG trim. It is estimated to return 21/29/24 mpg.

Finally, both the AMG C63 S and AMG C63 employ a turbocharged 4.0L V8 engine able to crank 469 horsepower and 479 lbs. ft. of torque, and 503 hp and 516 lbs. ft. of torque for the regular C63 and C63 S respectively.

2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Release Date & Price

Its date of release should be expected sometime during the 3rd Q of 2021. As for the window sticker: the AMG C63 will cost you $65,250, the AMG C63 S – $73,250, the C-Class sedan – $38,950, and the C450 AMG 4Matic – $50,800.

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2021 Audi A8 Release Date and Info

It may be not be the freshest face among the luxury flagships, but the new Audi A8 for 2021 remains competitive in terms of athletic character, ambient interior, and powerful engines. Though, most of its rivals offer upscale technology features. Some of its strengths include a handsome and well-appointed cabin, a standard AWD system, sharp handling, fuel-efficient diesel engine, and a powerful base V6 engine. Its release date should be expected early next year.

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New features for 2021 include standard dual-pane acoustic glass, upgraded 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity, and extended leather upholstery. Additionally, Audi has added optional and no-cost add-ons packages depending on the variant.

The available Executive package, for instance, adds side-and top-view cameras, a panoramic sunroof, and ventilated front seats for the TDI trim, and Audi will have to credit the owner for the package’s cost. Anyone shopping in the elite luxury sedan segment will at one point come across the new 2021 Audi A8.

It is supremely comfortable, fast, loaded with lots of technology tidbits, and elegantly appointed. And despite the A8 lacking the same prestige as its German rivals, it features a way better personality and athletic character than most of them.

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The A8’s road manners are supplemented by the standard all-wheel-drive, and a carefully thought-out tuned suspension system. Additionally, this very large sedan grips the road extremely well regardless of the tires and wheels you opt for, you might occasionally find yourself taking back-road detours for the sheer driving fun.

Under the hood is a selection of four able fuel-sipping engines that offer an exemplary performance. For best performance, the 4.0T is your perfect bet.

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Performance aside, the A8 still features a stunning interior, and despite its competitors offering a matching cabin competitiveness, the A8’s décor is something worth opting for. To start off with, it comes fitted with extended leather on the center console, dash and doors.

Still, the vehicle still features several downsides which include: a small cargo space; and it lacks in most technology details which its rivals are keen to offer.

Available Trims – Audi A8

The 2021 A8 is offered in a single, long-wheelbase L version. Additionally, the large luxury sedan can be gotten with a lineup that consists of 3.0T diesel TDI, two six-cylinder models, an eight-cylinder 4.0T, and the plush W12 trim.

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Equipped on both the 3.0T and TDI trims are: auto-dimming mirrors, keyless entry and ignition, dual-pane acoustic glass, LED headlights, 19” wheels, automatic climate control, an adaptive air suspension system, leather upholstery, a power telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, rear side windows, power sunshades, an adaptive air suspension system, power door closers, rear parking sensors, and a sunroof.

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Electronic features available include Audi’s MMI infotainment system, an 8” touchscreen, 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity, 14-speaker Bose sound system, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, voice controls, iPod connectivity, satellite radio, a rearview camera, a navigation system, and Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity.

Opting for the eight-cylinder A8 4.0T version gets you a simulated suede headliner with an upgraded leather upholstery, a blind-spot monitoring, active noise cancelation, 18-way multi-contour front seats, a sportier bumper, a panoramic sunroof, a heads-up display, side sill treatment, and 20” wheels.

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Springing for the W12 will get you a power adjustable outboard rear seat, a heated steering wheel, enhanced variable-ratio steering, a dual-screen rear seat entertainment system, a glove-mounted six-CD/DVD changer, stainless steel accents, and exterior chrome accents.

Engine Specs – 2021 Audi A8

A supercharged 3.0L V6 engine good for 333 hp and 325 lbs. torque powers the 2021 Audi A8. The eight-speed transmission system is the default system and drives all the four wheels. In our test drive, the 3.0T model was able to clinch 60 mph in just 5.3 seconds.

Next up is the diesel-driven TDI A8 that is inspired by a 3.0L turbocharged V6 engine rated at 240 horsepower and 428 lbs. of torque. It hits 60 mph in just 6.3 seconds.

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As for the 4.0T models, expect a 4.0L turbocharged V8 engine rated at 435 horsepower and 444 lbs. of torque. Its EPA stands at 18/29/22 mpg in the city/highway/combined.

The top of the line 2021 Audi A8 W12 trim comes fitted with a 6.3L normally aspirated engine that cranks out a whopping 500 horsepower and 463 lbs. of torque.

Price & 2021 Audi A8 Release Date

Expect the new 2021 Audi A8 to cost you an MSRP starting from $79,503.

As for its release date, the vehicle should be headed to dealerships any time before March next year.

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