CES 2019- Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Unveiled, Encourages You To Stay Fit

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

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

Like it or not, the curvy four-door "coupe" introduced in 2013 became the banner for Mercedes-Benz entry-level luxury in the U.S. More than 750,000 CLA models were sold worldwide, including almost 150,000 in the U.S. -the small vehicle even made its way into car-sharing services in some cities.

The second-generation Mercedes-Benz CLA has finally revealed itself to the world, looking more like a "CLS junior" than ever. Mercedes is making a big deal that the CLA's MBUX infotainment system, which debuted in the A-class in early 2018, has already been improved.

On that note, the CLA is a good 139mm longer and 7mm lower than the A-Class sedan, while riding on the same 2729mm wheelbase, and in practical terms it offers similar headroom in the front but 36mm less in the back thanks to that sloping roofline, while the boot actually swallows 40 litres more (460).

The width has grown significantly to 1,830 millimetres, over 50 millimetres more than the predecessor. The only other sedan with a better drag coefficient is the A-Class sedan (0.22).

In fact, the compact coupé-inspired four-door has also broken the shackles of the A-Class design idiom, no longer sharing its frontal design with the hatch that it's ultimately based on.

If the introduction of the new CLA at a technology show instead of a traditional auto show comes as a surprise, it shouldn't. The voice-control system, which the user activates by saying "Hey, Mercedes", is now able to answer complex questions like "What child-friendly Asian restaurants are nearby that are neither Chinese nor Japanese?" The MBUX also features gesture controls as well via the freestanding widescreen display that stretches from the driver's information display to the centre of the dashboard for the infotainment controls. The aim is for passengers to feel well and relaxed even during demanding or monotonous journeys. The rest of the engine range is likely to mirror the A-class, with 133hp and 163hp, 1.3-litre petrols, a 190hp version of the 2.0 petrol, a 116hp, 1.5-litre and 150hp and 190hp, 2.0-litre diesels. It uses a four-cylinder petrol engine to produce 225 hp and 350 Nm of torque. The CLA will also benefit from 4MATIC all-wheel drive. While the A-Class only gets multilink rear suspension on the all-wheel-drive model (the front-drive models with wheels smaller than 19 inches are saddled with a torsion-beam design), all CLA-Class models will have multilink rear suspension. Other options include a slew of driver assist systems from the top-rung S-Class such as active adaptive cruise control, lane-change assist, steering assist and parking assist.

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