The Mercedes-Benz C117 CLA-Class was created as a more youthful alternative to the C-Class. It comes standard with a very good looking centre console and front profile. In this article we will look at the 15 most popular modifications to the C117. Applicaple Models: CLA180, CLA200, CLA250, CLA45.
Applicable Models: CLA180, CLA200, CLA250, CLA45
Years: 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
The first thing that you will notice about the interior of the C117 is all the air vents. The car comes standard with 5 very bold looking vents. That makes them a great place to start your modifications. We have found a set that not only covers the inner ring but they also cover the inner ring as well. This set is available in red and blue, depending on your preferred colour scheme.
A very quick way to get some extra performance out of your standard C117 is with a performance box. A performance box will allow you to get the maximum power available from your engine. This one is specifically tuned for the C117. It is claimed to give up to 20% more power and 10% more fuel economy. The performance box will reduce turbo lag and increase the pedal response.
Another great way to increase the car’s performance is with a racing coil over. These BR racing coilovers are perfectly suited to the W116. They will give the car added stability in the corners and a much better steering feel. Coilovers have been a staple of performance modifications for many years. So get yourself a pair and get ready for much quicker lap times.
Chrome speaker cars look very nice on the doors of the W116. We have found a pair that fit very nicely and do not interfere with the sound of the original speakers. The standard speaker’s covers weren’t bad but they weren’t great either. Upgrading to this set of chrome covers makes the interior look so much better. The chrome covers have the added effect of making the speakers look more luxurious.
Much like on the W205, the front grill on the C117 is the most prominent part of the car. Even more so on the C117 as the nose is designed to poke out further than the C-Class. We have found an amazing looking diamond design grill. The diamond grill looks very nice on the C117 and is a very easy part to install. The diamond design will set your car apart from all other CLA’s on the road.
A very popular upgrade is the LED illuminated front emblem. The shining light on the star logo makes the car a guaranteed head turner at night. It is another easy install that should take too long to fit onto your C117. This kit will pair very well with the previously mentioned diamond grill. The two together will make for a very expensive looking car.
Rear diffusers are the most popular modifications to the C117. As usual, the most preferred option is the carbon trim. The carbon trim is favoured for its lightweight and strong durability. It also gives the car a very sporty rear profile. This set features all the parts necessary to complete the AMG look.
A carbon fiber roof spoiler looks absolutely perfect on the C117.The sweep at the sides of the spoiler give the car a very sleek look. The roof spoiler also ties in very well with the standard rear spoiler. The carbon accent looks very nice on a white or red CLA. If you want to give the rear end the full carbon treatment, I would suggest pairing it with a carbon trunk spoiler as well.
Like I suggested before, adding a carbon trunk spoiler is an important part of giving your C117 the full carbon look. The trunk on the C117 really stands because the rear lights draw your attention to the rear profile of the CLA. The standard trunk pokes out a little already so adding a trunk spoiler will make it stand out even more. This modification is very popular with people that are thinking of replicating the AMG model. This spoiler matched with a carbon diffuser really makes the C117 look cool.
The AMG style rims are usually the most popular rims on a Mercedes but on the C117, these Carlsson 18” Graphit rims are the best. There is just something about the way they sit on the car that makes the side profile pop. From afar they look like lovely 5 spoke rims but take a closer look and you will see another 5 right behind them. The clever colour contrast really sets these rims apart. They aren’t cheap but they definitely make the C117 look awesome!
The long sweep of the C117 lends itself perfectly to a pair of LED scuff plates. The lovely glow whenever you open the door will add a very nice light of the interior of the car. This is a fast install so you should be intimidated when considering your purchase. They come in 3 different colour to match the most popular interior accents. LED cuff plates are a great way to liven up your interior.
The standard console speaker on the C117 looks very dull. The bland black cover sticks out like a sore them on the lovely looking dash. But fear not, we have found a way to make that speaker look amazing. This chrome finish speaker cover transform that ugly speaker cover into a work of art. The speaker cover is simple to install and doesn’t mess with the original sound.
Adding a red accent to the front spoiler is always a good idea. It looks especially nice on the W117. Front lip spoiler will look very nice on a carbon or white bumper. The ease of installation makes it a very popular modification. Paired with a diamond grill, the C117’s front profile will look amazing.
A subtle but nonetheless popular modification is the chrome front AC control trim. The chrome trim adds a very sleek look to the AC controls. The standard controls do not come with the chrome trim and it is an expensive option when you buy it from the dealership. Rather than paying extra at the dealership, why not get yourself a bargain on eBay? The chrome trim makes a noticeable difference to the cars’ interior.
We have found a really nice pair of chrome ashtray covers for the C117. The standard covers don’t have the same feel as these chrome covers. This particular set of cover have the Mercedes Benz Logo on them which I think is a very cool touch. All in all, I think that the chrome ashtray cover are an excellent addition to the interior of the C117. These covers will give the centre console a very lovely finish.