New Mercedes CLA has some serious CLS vibes, smart tech

New Mercedes CLA has some serious CLS vibes, smart tech

With the auto market shrinking in favor of crossovers and other light trucks, targeted niche products such as the luxury four-door coupe help draw new buyers for Mercedes-Benz in the US, said Sam Fiorani, vice president at AutoForecast Solutions.

The emotive compact four-door coupe now resembles the larger CLS-Class, and the distinctive head lamp design which features 18 individually controllable LEDs separates it further from the new A-Class (W177).

"The latest version of Voice Control for MBUX - Mercedes-Benz User Experience - can be experienced in the new CLA".

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the newest iteration of the CLA Coupe at the ongoing Consumer Electronics Show 2019 in Las Vegas. The smoother body helps the CLA to look more expensive than it really is, and the aerodynamics have been improved. The new CLA is bigger too, measuring 4688mm long (+48mm), 1830mm wide (+53mm) and 1439mm tall (-2mm). This version makes 221 horsepower, a 13-horse increase over the predecessor, and 33 more than in the A-Class. Mercedes also notes that handling should be further improved over the old CLA-Class thanks to a lower center of gravity and front and rear tracks that are wider by 2.5 and 2.2 inches respectively. To that end, the new CLA uses the latest iteration of the MBUX infotainment system, a twin 12-inch screen system that debuted on the A-Class at CES past year. 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 growth was primarily driven by Long Wheelbase E-Class sedan, which continued to remain the single highest selling model for the brand in January-December 2018 period. Similarly, the high performance AMG models also sustained their momentum in the performance segment from a year ago, particularly spear headed by the overwhelming response to the AMG E 63 S, the AMG GLE 43 Coupe and AMG GLC 43 coupe. Based on the new A Class, the fundamental spec list is not a revolution.

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Underneath, the CLA Class uses the same technology as the A Class.

When it arrives in the USA, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 will be equipped as standard with the automaker's MBUX infotainment system that offers personal assistant features, similar to home smart speaker or smartphone functions.

It also no longer gets confused by vehicle occupants conversing, Mercedes claims.

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. It will furthermore be offered with the option of Multibeam LED headlamps. Frameless doors also continue to be a highlight of the new four-door coupe.

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