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Baby steps: Mercedes confers small updates upon the 2017 CLA-Class (pictures)

New standard safety equipment and a slimmer, 8-inch infotainment screen are the most important updates for the brand's smallest US vehicle.

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Not all Mercedes-Benz vehicles need to be brought into the 21st century with facelifts.

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Being one of its most recent releases, the CLA didn't get hit with too many design branches on its way down the refresh tree.

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The main update to the 2017 CLA is an update to both front and rear bumpers.

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The rear bumper now features integrated exhaust pipes, and on the whole, its drag coefficient is slightly better.

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The CLA 250 remains powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Output is pegged at 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.

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Front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is an option.

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The most prominent interior update is a new 8-inch display, which appears much slimmer than before.

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A backup camera is also now standard equipment for all CLA-Class vehicles, as is Mercedes-Benz's active brake assist.

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Europe also gets a wagon-like variant of the CLA called the CLA Shooting Brake.

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We don't get this in the United States, because we have the GLA-Class, and apparently buyers are fine with that.

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But, hot damn, this is one gorgeous compact wagon.

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Too bad we'll never see it in the US.

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Speed freaks will geek out over the Mercedes-AMG CLA45.

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This one's also packing a turbocharged I-4, but output is up to 375 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque.

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Both vehicles utilize the same transmission -- a seven-speed, dual-clutch unit.

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The changes are the same here as on the CLA 250, although LED headlights are standard equipment on the CLA45 (optional on CLA 250).

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While there's no word yet on pricing, all 2017 CLA-Class models will be available in the US in the third quarter of 2016.

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