New Mercedes-Benz CLA Class Officially Unveiled

11 January, 2019, 16:31 | Author: Leah Owens
  • Mercedes-Benz India sales rises 1.4% to 15,538 units in 2018

Several sales records were broken during 2018, as the year became the best in the company's history, the eight year of consecutive sales growth and the best ever for the ever-expanding Asia-Pacific region. Benz says the sleek sedan boasts the "very latest" driving assistance systems (adopted from the S-Class), including the ability to drive semi-autonomously in certain situations.

The Mercedes-Benz CLA is back, despite MB's new A-Class sort of filling the entry-level four-door gap in the lineup.

Last year, Mercedes-Benz introduced its new MBUX interface at CES in Las Vegas and this year the German carmaker chose to have the world premiere of the second-generation CLA compact four-door coupe at the same venue. The voice-control system, which the user activates by saying "Hey, Mercedes", is now able to answer complex questions like "What child-friendly Asian restaurants are nearby that are neither Chinese nor Japanese?" MBUX is Mercedes-Benz's latest and greatest infotainment software, created to replace the old turn-dial menu-based system. There is also a larger 10.25-inch infotainment display that can be ordered on the new CLA.

As well as being able to make sense of your health data, and make changes accordingly, the new auto also has a brand-new Interior Assistant feature that responds to your gestures, as well as a new and improved version of the voice-controlled MBUX infotainment system.

Sitting 4,688mm long and 1,830mm wide, the new CLA is 48mm longer and 53mm wider than its predecessor, and its wheelbase is 30mm longer at 2,729mm.

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Starting with the most obvious change, the new CLA gets a radical new look. The coupe roofline remains but everything else is sharpened up, and this time around proportions are spot on front and rear. However, Mercedes-Benz promises there will be a "broad range" of diesel and petrol engines available featuring manual or dual-clutch transmissions and all-wheel drive at a later stage.

The new CLA has coupe-like tail lamps and a short bootlid. Mercedes is making a big deal that the CLA's MBUX infotainment system, which debuted in the A-class in early 2018, has already been improved.

A decoupled multi-link rear axle will be offered, with active adaptive damping available as an option.

For more from CES, head to our dedicated hub.

In its first year, the CLA - which will be built at the automaker's Kecskemét plant in Hungary - is set to enter the market in May.

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