Second generation Mercedes CLA first shown at CES Las Vegas

Second generation Mercedes CLA first shown at CES Las Vegas

Second generation Mercedes CLA first shown at CES Las Vegas

Say what you will about the Mercedes-Benz CLA, the compact "four-door coupe" has been a roaring success, with more than 750,000 sold worldwide since its introduction in 2013.

"Capturing a 2.4% market share*, the achievement cements Mercedes-Benz as the undisputed luxury lifestyle brand in Malaysia and the global arena", it proclaimed.

Mercedes-Benz debuted the all-new CLA sedan at the ongoing CES 2019. This gives it a sportier and more purposeful stance along with a roomier cabin. The rear of the auto features narrow tail-lights created to make the vehicle appear even wider.

The new CLA measures 4 688 mm long and 1 830 mm wide (increases over the original of 48 mm and 53 mm, respectively), while its height has been cut two millimetres to 1 439 mm. Mercedes said this, along with the car's lower centre of gravity, helps to ensure it has improved driving dynamics.

It has grown in size, which has resulted in more cabin space. Drag coefficient is 0.23. "I love open cars, but it's more in the top segment and it works there and i think it will always work, but not in the bottom segment", he added.

Inside, the new CLA-Class is a dead-ringer for the A-Class on which it's based. The system also will no longer get confused by talking passengers; it will only recognize and respond to the last person who says "Hey, Mercedes".

The new CLA gets an optional 10.25-inch infotainment display while gesture control and a new Burmester sound system are standard.

Alongside the new tech Mercedes-Benz offers in the form of MBUX are a variety of additional packages. Engine outputs are 225 hp and 350 Nm of torque, transmitted to the wheels via a 7G-DCT dual-clutch transmission.

A decoupled multi-link rear axle will be offered, with active adaptive damping available as an option.

One of those models this year is the next generation of the Mercedes-Benz CLA, scheduled to arrive at dealerships towards the end of this year as a 2020 model. Other functions can be activated with gestures contextually, like extending a hand toward the rearview mirror in the dark to activate reading lights.

In terms of engines, there are updated four-cylinder petrol and diesel powerplants with an M260 petrol unit which will power the new CLA 35 4Matic and a tuned M260 engine which will go in the CLA 45.

Currently, the CLA class is available in the price range between Rs 31.72 lakh to Rs 36.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

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