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Four-Wheel Drive Model Coming To Mercedes CLA

Peter Parcon December 14, 2012

Mercedes Benz CLA
It appears that the upcoming Mercedes Benz CLA will not be limited to a four-door compact coupe since it may be offered in a four-wheel drive model.

The upcoming entry-level coupe will use the 4MATIC all-wheel drive system of Mercedes when it will enter the market next year. The system was specifically developed by Mercedes for use on front-wheel drive vehicles that feature a traverse engine design, which is supposedly lighter compared to similar offerings of its competitors. The system will also enhance the fuel efficiency of four-wheel drive model of the Mercedes CLA.

The Mercedes CLA will have a similar design as the Concept Style Coupe and will combine the seven-speed dual-clutch of the CLA with a built-in Power Take Off Unit. It will also feature a rear axle gear that has a multi-disc clutch that remains open while on normal driving.

Any slight slippage on the front wheels of the vehicle will be easily detected by its stability control system although the PTU of the vehicle will shift the power into the real axle while the multi-disc clutch is closed.

In addition to the 4MATIC system, the Mercedes CLA will come with a number of safety features including Collision Prevention Assist.

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