Thursday, 24 January, 2019

New Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupe Unveiled, Expected In India In 2019-20

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Katie Ramirez | 10 January, 2019, 00:26

Second-generation Mercedes CLA to be bigger and loaded with tech.

The new Mercedes-Benz CLA Class has been revealed in Las Vegas this evening.

The new four-door coupé is due to arrive in the United Kingdom in June.

The second-gen, which sits on the automaker's Modular Front Architecture (MFA2) platform that also underpins the W177 A-Class, is a larger vehicle than its predecessor.

For starters, the CLA comes with the latest version of the new MBUX infotainment system that debuted in the A-Class, featuring artificial intelligence algorithms that adapt to driver preferences, and an advanced voice control system. This means a decoupled multi-link axle at the rear and the Direct-Steer system as standard. Adaptive dampers are optional, as are 19-inch wheels.

The new CLA is longer and wider, but the roof is lower. Mercedes said this, along with the car's lower centre of gravity, helps to ensure it has improved driving dynamics. Benz says the sleek sedan boasts the "very latest" driving assistance systems (adopted from the S-Class), including the ability to drive semi-autonomously in certain situations.

In terms of design, the new Mercedes-Benz CLA Class retains the same basic proportions as the outgoing model. The sloping coupé roofline is emphasised by frameless doors. Also, the narrower tail lamps give it a wider stance from the rear and an added sense of elegance.

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The car's larger dimensions have resulted in a more spacious interior, with 17mm of extra headroom. Boot capacity, interestingly, is down ten litres to 460.

The CLA has the youngest average customers of all Mercedes models, so the firm has focused on a high-tech theme for the interior. The dashboard features a centrally mounted touchscreen and no cowl, with a "trench" splitting out the lower section.

From MBUX Interior Assist, which recognises operational demands from gestures and equips the interior with intelligence, through augmented reality for navigation and understanding indirect voice commands to the Energizing coach that provides individual fitness recommendations, the new CLA offers an array of clever solutions. The cabin lighting is all gesture-controlled, which is quite nifty.

As with the A-class, the CLA also receives driver assistance systems originally seen on the most recent S-class, allowing the auto to drive semi-autonomously for the first time. Also on board are Active Emergency Stop Assist and Active Lane Change Assist and PRE-SAFE PLUS safety systems.

The CLA will be offered at launch as a limited-run Edition 1, featuring a number of visual tweaks.

In its first year, the CLA - which will be built at the automaker's Kecskemét plant in Hungary - is set to enter the market in May. A Shooting Brake estate is due to follow later this year.

However, there will eventually be a broad range of petrol and diesel engines, Mercedes promises, some featuring 4Matic all-wheel-drive. Expected to launch in India some time later.

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