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7 days, 5 cities: A road trip in the new Mercedes-Benz CLA!

Guest article: #UrbanDiscovery – 7 days, 5 cities.

A road trip in the new Mercedes-Benz CLA.
Text: Willy Iffland

Interesting tour across the continent.

Fashion capital Milan, cosmopolitan Paris, tranquil Antwerp, incredibly beautiful Amsterdam and Berlin – my adopted home city of many years’ standing. These 5 major cities were stops on a little trip across the continent. Together with a number of other influencers, I was invited by Mercedes-Benz to take part in an #UrbanDiscovery road trip.

An interesting tour across the continent.

The means of transport for this trip was the driving force behind the whole affair: We duly took up in a brand spanking new Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupé and an equally mint Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake.

Point of interest: Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 Sport 4MATIC Shooting Brake.

CLA 250 Sport 4MATIC Shooting Brake: Fuel consumption combined: 6.9 l/100 km; combined CO₂ emissions: 160 g/km.*

A proper appearance.

I didn’t think twice when asked whether I wanted to be part of the trip. Let’s face it, who in their right mind would pass by such a one-off chance and miss out on such a great experience? I’m glad I took up the offer – each day of our little road trip really was unique, and I had the chance to get to know the cities we visited in a special way that would not have been possible otherwise.

Regrettably, my schedule didn't allow me time to travel to Milan, so I was only able to join up with the merry band of travellers at the second stop in Paris. Despite my tardy arrival, I was greeted with a warm welcome from my esteemed and familiar colleagues. But my attention turned first of all to the main points of interest: the Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupé and the Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake – our wheels for the trip.

Stylish set on wheels: Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupé during the #UrbanDiscovery road trip.

Stylish set on wheels.

As a self-proclaimed connoisseur of all things automotive, I must say that the world-class calibre of both cars was apparent as soon as I climbed aboard and found myself in an ultra-stylish interior with all the refinements you could wish for. Being tall, I sometimes find it difficult getting comfortable in a car – no danger of that in this lavish number!

 

Then the actual proceedings got underway – our drive to the next stopover in Antwerp. I hadn’t realised what petrol-heads the French are – we were the centre of attention in our stylish conveyances as we made our way through the streets of the French capital. It is true to say that we frequently found ourselves the focus of admiring attention in the course of our trip – and I’m sure it wasn’t the vehicle’s occupants that had people transfixed.

Lifestyle from close up.

So on we went – safely, comfortably and incredibly speedily to Antwerp. And my first visit to this dreamy port will definitely not be my last: beautiful architecture, relaxed people, great food. Belgium’s second-largest city is a true delight.

 

The same goes for Amsterdam: Our visit to the city with its plethora of waterways was blessed with the most radiant sunshine, and anyone who has had the pleasure of sipping their afternoon coffee at the canals understands what makes this city one of the most beautiful on the whole continent.

Lifestyle from close up: #UrbanDiscovery in Amsterdam.
Design-oriented and fashion conscious: Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupé during the #UrbanDiscovery road trip.

Design-oriented and fashion conscious.

The fashion-conscious and design-oriented people made a particular impression on me – after all, I consider myself to be of their ilk. As such, I was thrilled by the accompanying programme. Rather than just ushering us along from one city to the next, Mercedes-Benz granted us an insight into the development of a sporty car. Regrettably, the trip came to a premature end for me in Amsterdam, as I had work commitments elsewhere. I took my leave of my fellow travellers with plenty of great memories accompanied by a tinge of melancholy – if I had had my way, the trip could have gone on for ever.

Design-oriented and fashion conscious.

The fashion-conscious and design-oriented people made a particular impression on me – after all, I consider myself to be of their ilk. As such, I was thrilled by the accompanying programme. Rather than just ushering us along from one city to the next, Mercedes-Benz granted us an insight into the development of a sporty car. Regrettably, the trip came to a premature end for me in Amsterdam, as I had work commitments elsewhere. I took my leave of my fellow travellers with plenty of great memories accompanied by a tinge of melancholy – if I had had my way, the trip could have gone on for ever.

Design-oriented and fashion conscious: Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupé during the #UrbanDiscovery road trip.

All statements in this article are personal opinions and impressions of the respective author and not those of the Daimler AG.

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Update for the designer gems by Mercedes-Benz: A facelift hones the design of the CLA Coupé (C 117) and CLA Shooting Brake (X 117).

The new CLA and CLA Shooting Brake.

Update for the designer gems by Mercedes-Benz: a facelift hones the design of the CLA and CLA Shooting Brake.

Even more dynamic design.

The sporty, expressive design of the CLA and CLA Shooting Brake is now being honed still further in a facelift involving new bumpers, a diamond radiator grille in black as standard and new light-alloy wheels. The interior also benefits from numerous enhancements, among them new seat covers and trim parts, as well as chrome-plated controls. LED High Performance headlamps, HANDS-FREE ACCESS and further possibilities for integrating smartphones into the control system are all options that serve to enhance safety and comfort. The facelifted version of the CLA Coupé will make its debut at the New York International Auto Show, while the modified CLA Shooting Brake will be launched to the public on the occasion of the awards ceremony for the Laureus World Sports Awards in Berlin.

The sporty, expressive design of the CLA and CLA Shooting Brake (BR 117) is now being honed still further in a facelift.
Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake (X 117): While frameless windows give the car the character of a coupé, it also offers the versatility and practicality of an estate car.

Unmistakable proportions.

Their sporty proportions and powerful, dynamic design language characterised by sensuously rounded contours make the CLA and CLA Shooting Brake quite unmistakable. In addition, the CLA Shooting Brake offers a concept that is unique in this class of vehicle: while certain styling elements, such as frameless windows, give the car the character of a coupé, it also offers the versatility and practicality of an estate car. In undertaking the facelift modifications, the Mercedes-Benz designers have subtly honed the distinctive look of the CLA and CLA Shooting Brake. All models now have a diamond radiator grille in black as standard, plus a new front bumper with a silver, black or chrome trim strip. The rear bumper is optionally available with a panel incorporating a trim strip in chrome or black (Night package) between the tailpipes. The tailpipe trim panels themselves are now integrated flush into the bumper. This adds visual width to the vehicle and ensures a superior high-quality appearance thanks to even and narrow gaps where the panels join.

Adjustable vehicle characteristics.

Both the CLA and the CLA Shooting Brake already previously included the latest generation of assistance and safety systems that are, in some cases, only now gradually being introduced in the other model series. Among these are, for example, Active Brake Assist as standard (previously known as COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS), which is able to trigger autonomous braking as a means of reducing the danger of rear-end collisions, as well as the transmission mode selection function DYNAMIC SELECT.

Both the Mercedes-Benz CLA and the CLA Shooting Brake (BR 117) already previously included the latest generation of assistance and safety systems.

With this system the vehicle characteristics can be adjusted at the touch of a button, as the system modifies the engine, transmission and steering at the driver's behest.

Mercedes-Benz CLA-Cla (C/X 117): The interior also benefits from features such as new seat covers and trim parts, as well as chrome-plated controls.

The interior: Attention to detail.

The interior also benefits from features such as new seat covers and trim parts, as well as chrome-plated controls. The highlight here is a much slimmer-looking freestanding 20.3 cm (8-inch) media display with a new-style glass cover as well as the ambient lighting system, which can be individualised by setting any one of twelve colour moods. The new-style dials and red needles in the instrument cluster make it easier to read the instruments. Meticulous attention to detail is also evident from the silver chrome finish to the controls and to the fascia and switches in the doors for the electrically adjustable seats, as well as from the chrome surround to the stowage compartment in the centre console.

The interior: Attention to detail.

The interior also benefits from features such as new seat covers and trim parts, as well as chrome-plated controls. The highlight here is a much slimmer-looking freestanding 20.3 cm (8-inch) media display with a new-style glass cover as well as the ambient lighting system, which can be individualised by setting any one of twelve colour moods. The new-style dials and red needles in the instrument cluster make it easier to read the instruments. Meticulous attention to detail is also evident from the silver chrome finish to the controls and to the fascia and switches in the doors for the electrically adjustable seats, as well as from the chrome surround to the stowage compartment in the centre console.

Mercedes-Benz CLA-Cla (C/X 117): The interior also benefits from features such as new seat covers and trim parts, as well as chrome-plated controls.

Low energy consumption thanks to LED technology.

Both the CLA and the CLA Shooting Brake are optionally fitted with LED High Performance headlamps. Their colour temperature is closer to that of daylight than xenon headlamps, for example. This is more restful to the eyes and therefore provides relief to the driver at night. The 34-watt LED low-beam headlamps also have very low energy consumption – around 60 percent less than xenon and around 70 percent less than halogen. The low-beam headlamps use LED projection technology, while the main-beam headlamps use LED reflection technology. Direction indicators, daytime running lamps and position lights are in the form of multifunctional fibre-optic cables, which are also used for the “Coming Home” function. As all lights use LED technology, there is never a need to change a bulb over the entire service life of the vehicle.

Both the Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupé (C 117) and the CLA Shooting Brake (X 117) are optionally fitted with LED High Performance headlamps.

Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 4MATIC and CLA 45 4MATIC Shooting Brake: Fuel consumption combined: 7.3–6.9 l/100 km; combined CO₂ emissions: 171–162 g/km.*

Avant-garde meets Driving Performance.

“Avant-garde meets Driving Performance” is the motto for the Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 4MATIC and CLA 45 4MATIC Shooting Brake models. These two cars offer a unique combination of a fascinatingly sporty driving experience, extravagant design and maximum individuality, while also benefiting from the facelift modifications. The aerodynamics have been further improved and the cd value reduced, all to the benefit of the driving dynamics and stability.

In the case of the Coupé for example, the design of the AMG spoiler lip on the boot lid is new. Further exterior features of the facelift include the AMG front apron in a new A-wing design with front splitter inserts in matt titanium grey and high-gloss black flics. The interior has been similarly upgraded. The instrument panel is upholstered as standard in ARTICO man-made leather, as are the beltlines. Both are given an exclusive finishing touch of red contrasting topstitching.

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The new CLA and CLA Shooting Brake.

The sporty, expressive design of the CLA and CLA Shooting Brake is now being honed still further in a facelift involving new bumpers, a diamond radiator grille in black as standard and new light-alloy wheels. The interior also benefits from numerous enhancements, among them new seat covers and trim parts, as well as chrome-plated controls. LED High Performance headlamps, HANDS-FREE ACCESS and further possibilities for integrating smartphones into the control system are all options that serve to enhance safety and comfort. The facelifted version of the CLA Coupé will make its debut at the New York International Auto Show from 25 March to 3 April 2016, while the modified CLA Shooting Brake will be launched to the public on the occasion of the awards ceremony for the Laureus World Sports Awards in Berlin on 17/18 April 2016.

Urban Hunting with the CLA Shooting Brake in Madrid.

With his latest venture, StreetXO, chef Dabiz Muñoz takes his radically reworked high-end cuisine to the streets – where he meets the CLA Shooting Brake.
Direction: Kaspar Lerch
Photos: Alberto van Stokkum

Dabiz Muñoz: The knife-wielding rock star of StreetXO.

To call Dabiz Muñoz an artist is certainly no exaggeration. Long before it opens, the 35-year-old Michelin chef’s street food restaurant StreetXO already attracts the sizeable queue of a popular concert. His dishes – a vibrant blend of Spanish tradition and Asian aromas – enchant eyes and taste buds alike with their spectacular presentation and unusual flavour pairings.

Or have you ever tried the unique combination of Korean lasagna with Galician beef, shiitake mushrooms and a cardamom-infused béchamel sauce?

The plate as a canvas.

Before Muñoz cooked up a storm with his premium street food, the radical kitchen punk already boasted three Michelin stars for his restaurant DiverXO. Here, the plates serve as a generous canvas for inspired edible masterpieces. Muñoz loves to coax the exceptional from his guests and ingredients, to prepare dishes like Chinese dumplings with crispy pig ears and fruity strawberry hoisin sauce – all while wearing straitjackets. So, be prepared for a healthy dose of mad genius.

Uncompromising life and cuisine.

Muñoz approaches his life with the same uncompromising outlook that he displays in the kitchen. Running the New York marathon a day before a full shift? Check.

Staging oneself in a short film with raw meat, blood and plenty of make-up nearly as in a music video? Done – as seen on his home page.

Beyond mainstream: the CLA Shooting Brake.

When we join Dabiz Muñoz in the CLA Shooting Brake for a ride on the majestic Gran Via and through the narrow alleyways of Madrid’s hot Malasaña quarter, passers-by can’t help but stare. Both the expressive, athletic car and its driver – sporting his unmistakable trademark mohawk – capture all eyes and cameras.

Muñoz is truly at home in this city: Ready to go his own way and to conquer the rest of the world.

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