Getting Your Hands On The New Mercedes-Benz CLA

Giancarlo Perlas September 28, 2018

Since the launch of the Mercedes-Benz CLA at the North American International Auto Show in January 2013, many car lovers have been hoping to get their hands on one of the new coupé style vehicles from the German manufacturer. Designed to be the most aerodynamic production vehicle on sale—the first models even performed better than Tesla Model S in this instance—and the most affordable Mercedes-Benz car in the United States, it’s easy to understand how the CLA became so popular.

However, Mercedes-Benz later mulled on discontinuing its production, and the American public was left in turmoil waiting for a positive news. Thankfully, the winds changed as the new Mercedes-Benz CLA is due to arrive the US.

Here’s how you can afford to buy the Mercedes-Benz CLA if you are tight on your budget:

Good News: They Won’t Be Discontinued in the US

Indeed, the good news is that the new CLA is due to arrive in the North American market in 2019. While it’s been spotted on a test drive in Germany, the camouflage all over the car leaves some level of uncertainty. It seems the next-generation CLA will carry a ‘Predator’ face—in the words of the manufacturer. It’s likely that the price tag will get up too, reaching closer to $40,000, which is more expensive than the car’s first-generation model.

Admittedly, It’s Cheaper to Buy It Straight From the EU Manufacturer

There are thankfully several options to get hold of the upcoming CLA. For starters, you need to accept that even though the CLA has been described as one of the most affordable Mercedes cars out there, it remains a luxury vehicle. When it comes to getting the best possible price on high-end cars, you’ll find that buying your European luxury car in Europe can save you a lot of money in the long run.

You can find simple car purchasing programs that can make the most out of the dollar’s strength against the euro so that you can get the best possible value. You will need to arrange for the car transport with the manufacturer in advance, though. One word of warning: Cross-ocean transport can take up to 13 weeks.

You Can Use a Financing Option

By the end of the year or the beginning of 2019, Mercedes-Benz is expected to release a financing plan to help buyers purchase the new CLA. However, you can already run the online calculator by choosing cars of a similar value to get a better understanding of the kind of options that are available to you. Similarly, you might find different financing programs if you choose to buy through a dealership instead of using the manufacturer’s service.

Is Second-Hand a Valuable Option?

Lastly, the new CLA is expected to come as a close version of the A-Class vehicle, which is already available. You might prefer to look for a recent second-hand A-Class or the latest model. The new CLA is definitely set to share the same sideline and touchpad controls with the A-Class. Similarly, you can opt for a second-hand first-generation CLA if you can’t bear to wait for the release date of the new one!

Is the latest generation of the CLA coming to the US? The answer is positive. However, with no release date or price disclosure, it’s likely to hit the market at a higher price than previous models. You’ll require excessive planning to get hold of the next-gen CLA at the best possible price.

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Giancarlo Perlas

Giancarlo Perlas is an economist by profession with a career spanning nearly two decades. His professional journey has seen him assume vital roles in various government and private organizations, particularly in the blockchain and cryptocurrency sectors. Alongside his civic and corporate pursuits is his love for cars, particularly those made by Mercedes-Benz. In 2012, he found himself with like-minded individuals within BenzInsider. From then on, he used the platform as a way to share his passion with the automotive community. Follow his Facebook page at, X (formerly Twitter) @giancarloperlas, and IG @benzinsider. View all posts by Giancarlo Perlas →

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