Mercedes CLA gets sportier design, gesture control

Mercedes-Benz India sales rises 1.4% to 15,538 units in 2018

The second-generation CLA, which debuted today at CES in Las Vegas, immediately makes a much better impression than the outgoing generation did.

Starting with the most obvious change, the new CLA gets a radical new look. The smoother body helps the CLA to look more expensive than it really is, and the aerodynamics have been improved. It has grown 1.9 inches longer and 2.0 inches wider, rides on a 1.1-inch-longer wheelbase, and is slightly lower to the ground than before, making it even larger than the A-class sedan.

The Mercedes-Benz CLA is back, despite MB's new A-Class sort of filling the entry-level four-door gap in the lineup. The CLA rides atop the same structure as the A-Class, but offers a swoopier look and more expressive details, such as a more aggressive front bumper and more graceful rear doors that don't end as abruptly as those on the current model. We also hear it will come with a 7-speed dual clutch transmission (manual transmission will also be available) plus 4Matic all-wheel-drive system. This is a good thing, because we're unanimous in our opinion that the new A-Class has a vastly improved interior compared with the old CLA.

The company will introduce in over 10 new products, including an array of products from the performance brand AMG, this year.

For its initial launch in the U.S., the all-new CLA only gets one engine option for the meantime.

The new CLA-Class's interior appears to be lifted right out of the A-Class, with two free-standing, monolithic screens for instrumentation and infotainment. For example, the voice assistant, activated by the keyword "Hey Mercedes, ' is able to recognize and answer considerably more complex queries", says Sajjad Khan, member of the divisional board of Mercedes-Benz cars for CASE and head of digital vehicle and mobility. Mercedes-Benz have also developed a system by which MBUX only responds to the last person to have said "Hey Mercedes".

The rest of the interior is almost identical to the A-class, with a funky dashboard design, two standard 7.0-inch screens (10.3-inch units are optional), and a more playful use of materials than in other Benz models.

Other available in-car features and amenties in the 2020 CLA include: heads-up display, LED ambient lighting, heated seats with massage function, and a plethora of active safety assist systems (emergency stop assist, lange change assist, brake assist, lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control with active distance assist).

Mercedes Benz India will start 2019 by launching the V-Class on January 24!

The new four-door coupé is due to arrive in the United Kingdom in June.

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