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New Mercedes-Benz CLA: second-generation model revealed!

Mercedes-Benz India sales rises 1.4% to 15,538 units in 2018 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA debuts at CES
Emmett Howard | 11 January, 2019, 11:11

The company has recorded its best ever sales in the country and retained the crown of India's number one luxury automaker for the fourth year in a row.

The all-new Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class has just been unveiled at the ongoing 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, USA. It's bigger in nearly every dimension and the engine is the same turbo-four, but the new auto, dropping in late 2019, will now come with MBUX, Mercedes' new infotainment system.

As for the multimedia system, the 2020 CLA gets the latest version of the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) system. 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?"

Mercedes claims the MBUX system has improved natural voice recognition and can comprehend more complex situations than before, while owners that wear a Garmin vivoactive 3 Smart Watch (which was revealed alongside the CLA at CES) can share personal details with the vehicle - such as heart rate - to link with the Energizing Coach function that can alter the mood of the cabin by manipulating the air conditioning, seat heating, ventilation and massage, music and ambient lighting. Mercedes will offer a pair of 10.3-inch screens as an optional upgrade.

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. Torque matches the old model, and exceeds the A-Class by 37 pound-feet.

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

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

The world's biggest electronics show was reportedly bowled over by the coupe's new shape, and the level of high-tech gadgetry inside the vehicle. The new CLA has also been honed in the wind tunnel to have a drag coefficient of 0.23, very close to the previous car's 0.22 Cd, despite a larger frontal area. There will also be a manual transmission option, as well as 4Matic all-wheel drive capability for the new CLA. In a first for the model, drivers will have access to a semi-autonomous drive mode applicable in certain situations; this makes use of adaptive cruise control, active lane maintenance control, blind spot and rear transversal traffic monitors and emergency automatic braking.

Mercedes performance arm AMG is also working on a range-topping CLA 45 model, featuring the most highly tuned, 421hp version of the M260 2.0-litre petrol engine.

For more from CES, head to our dedicated hub.

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