New Mercedes-Benz CLA is a real beauty

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

Starting from the looks, the new CLA gets the similar coupe-like silhouette and with the increased length of the auto, it looks like a mini version of the CLS Coupe. This makes the all-new sedan longer by 48mm, wider by 53mm but shorter by 2mm in height.

But perhaps its most important feature is intelligent voice control.

Global launch in May 2019.

Other luxury vehicle makers have increased their launches in India in the lastyear, which reflects in their improved numbers.

The second-generation Mercedes-Benz CLA has finally revealed itself to the world, looking more like a "CLS junior" than ever. The all-new CLA-Class shares the same wheelbase as the all-new A-Class sedan and hatchback. Also, the narrower tail lamps give it a wider stance from the rear and an added sense of elegance. A lower centre of gravity and wider track should also help matters. Drag coefficient is 0.23. The effect is of a more menacing vehicle.

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 carmaker also claims that the system no longer gets confused by other passengers talking and only responds to the commands of the last person to say the activation phrase.




It also has the Energizing Package Plus that debuted on the new Mercedes GLE. For example it might change the air conditioning, ambiance lighting, new-type seat massages, fragrance or music to keep you chill. This data allows the Energizing system to optimise the accuracy of the settings to offer a relaxed experience. 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.

An active adaptive damping system will be optionally available, while wheel sizes will start at 16 inches and go up to 19 inches (with tyre sizes starting at 205/60 R16 and culminating in 225/40 R19).

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. The MBUX now gets an Interior Assist function, which operates via gesture control.

We were impressed by the refinement, chassis, powertrain, and tech found in the new A-class, and the second-gen CLA looks to improve further on all of the A's strong points.

While the previous-gen CLA is now on sale in India (priced between Rs 34.38-36.99 lakh, ex-showroom, pan-India), this secxond-gen model is unlikely to launch in our market.

The new CLA rolled with flair into Vegas in its CLA 250 form.

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