Mercedes-Benz CLA unveiled at CES 2019

Mercedes-Benz CLA unveiled at CES 2019

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. Now, with the new A-class sedan taking the lowest rung on the Benz totem pole, the brand is repositioning the CLA to be a sportier, more stylish, and more upscale compact offering-what it should have been from the beginning.

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the newest iteration of the CLA Coupe at the ongoing Consumer Electronics Show 2019 in Las Vegas.

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.

On the outlook for the new year, Schwenk said, "2019 is going to be an important year for Mercedes-Benz India, as we reach the milestone of "25 years of Mercedes-Benz in India". The MBUX system connects to the internet via a built-in cellular connection (data sold separately) to offer search-related answers to questions like "Hey Mercedes: Who won the college football national championship last night?" or "Hey Mercedes: Are there any Indian restaurants near me?"

Hand gestures recognition improves basic functionality, and the CLA can also integrate with smartwatches to monitor how you are feeling to provide massages, heat or cool the seats and even adjust the lighting. Mercedes will offer a pair of 10.3-inch screens as an optional upgrade.

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The new CLA is the fifth Mercedes-Benz to be based on the new MFA2 platform, also found in the A-Class hatch and saloon, long-wheelbase A-Class and new B-Class.

A 2.0-liter turbo-4 will reside under the hood of the CLA250. There will be more engine options, both petrol and diesel, with dual-clutch transmissions and 4MATIC all-wheel drive available at the time of launch.

Starting with the most obvious change, the new CLA gets a radical new look. The simple surfacing on new Mercedes models continues, but with hard-defined edges, especially on the sides, and over the bootlid into the rear bumper. Whether you prefer the CLS or the CLA, one thing is undeniable: The new CLA looks far better than the bulbous, stubby outgoing CLA.

As with the A-class, the CLA also receives driver assistance systems originally seen on the most recent S-class, allowing the vehicle to drive semi-autonomously for the first time.

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