I still maintain the RWD styling applied to FWD proportions is never a good idea.
Having said that, this looks to be significant better, IMHO (it would've been hard to make it looks worse). It looks to me to be quite a big bigger than the current car (a good thing for proportions and space). Also, if they fix the tailight design (which is a given), then the worst part of the current car will have been remedied.
I don't hate the CLA, but it looks like every styling sin of the current one's form is being maintained.
I agree (although some of the "poser on a not so big budget" customers probably would justify some hate), at least it does seem to have a slightly more "forward wedge" stance than the current model, that always seems like it has the trunk full with concrete. Otherwise, the general "RWD theme on a very nose heavy FWD" theme still doens't really work altogether...