Second generation Mercedes CLA first shown at CES Las Vegas

Judy Cobb
January 11, 2019

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Making its official debut at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the four-door CLA features the latest version of the brand's MBUX system, complete with a fresh "interior assist" function that "recognises operational demands from gestures".

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.

"Now we go to the next level with an intelligent interior assistance system for the compact class". Much like its hatchback brethren (the A-Class), the four-door now comes with an aggressive front fascia courtesy of flatter LED headlights, a sportier front grill and a more aerodynamic front bumper. The side windows appear narrower this time and the rear looks cleaner with smaller rear tail lights. This means more interior space, and an exterior shape that makes the auto look more firmly anchored to the ground.

The new CLA also features a wider track, by 63 mm at the front and 55 mm at the rear compared to the first-gen. The voice recognition technology is improved and now recognises more complex commands. Mercedes-Benz claims that the CLA continues to have the same drag coefficient of 0.23 as before. The cabin of the old vehicle was pretty much a cramped affair, and attempts to address this sees changes in dimension and scope.

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Inside the cabin, the CLA features the same dashboard design as the A-Class hatch, which is dominated by the widescreen cockpit display that sandwiches two 10.25-inch colour screens together for the cutting-edge MBUX system with its "Hey Mercedes" digital assistant. A larger stabiliser bar and optional active adaptive damping which should ensure that it drives extremely well.

Mercedes Benz will sport a 2.0-litre four cylinder petrol engine which can produce 225 bhp of power and 350 Nm of torque which is mated with a 7G DCT dual clutch transmission.

"Best Never Rest" signifies the philosophy that Mercedes-Benz will carry forward the rich learnings and experiences of the past 25 years, as the brand embarks on a new journey towards reinventing itself for the future. The current CLA in India is priced between Rs 31.72 lakh to Rs 36.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) but expect the new one to be introduced at higher price.

"This is not the only new feature by which the CLA offers a great deal of automotive intelligence".

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