In Las Vegas, the ongoing 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) flaunted us the all-new Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class. The new model is going to key markets this year and will be manufactured at the Kecskemet plant in Hungary.
From the outside, we notice that this emotive compact four-door coupe resembles the larger CLS-Class. Compared with the new A-Class (W177), the CLA-Class features 18 individually controllable LEDs which separate it from the former one.
“With the first CLA we created a totally new segment with a four-door coupe and celebrated a huge success by selling some 750,000 CLA and Shooting Brake,” said Britta Seeger, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, responsible for Mercedes-Benz Cars Marketing & Sales.
The new edition of the CLA featured a new operating system and enjoys the bonus of being sportier than its predecessor in an intelligent way.
Low height matched with a wide, planted stance is necessary for being a standard coupe, and dimensions of the all-new CLA-Class well-matches the criteria. The width has grown significantly to 1,830 millimetres, over 50 millimetres more than the last generation. The all-new CLA-Class shares the same wheelbase with the all-new A-Class sedan and hatchback. Frameless doors continue to be a highlight in this version.
With the overall vehicle lowered by 2 millimetres, occupants enjoy 17 millimetres more headroom at the front, while the space in the rear only increased by 3 millimetres.
Peeking inside, the all-new CLA-Class has the same interior design as the other new compact A-Class siblings. The renowned MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) system are updated to manage more complex queries. For example, sports results, calculations, general knowledge, as well as eateries matching the specific demand of the driver.
The enhanced MBUX Interior Assist features interface through non-contact hand gestures. The 'smart' lighting system is thoughtfully applied. The setting is the unoccupied front passenger seat in the dark will illuminate automatically if a driver reaches over.
During a demanding or monotonous journey, the new service-based Energizing Coach will give the driver a poke by recommending one of the Energizing programmes
A turbocharged 2-litre engine was deployed to the CLA 250, propelling 225 hp and 350 Nm of torque, transmitted to the wheels via a 7G-DCT dual-clutch transmission.
Once the all-new CLA-Class officially goes on sale, more engine options, as well as an all-wheel-drive configuration will be available. A comfort or sporty setting is optional for the adaptive suspension system. Advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS) from the S-Class also spreads to the all-new CLA-Class. The new four-door coupe is capable to drive semi-autonomously in certain situations.
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