Mercedes-Benz hit it out of the park with the CLA. The worthy addition to its compact car portfolio combines sportiness and style and was gowned in an achingly-beautiful shape. Continuing its fame, the German manufacturer has now revealed the newly redesigned moniker at the 2019 Consumers Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
The larger-than-before car will hit the showrooms later this year as a 2020 model, loaded with a host of new technologies than the outgoing generation. In the company’s lineup, the new CLA proves to be a viable sportier option for the similarly-sized A-Class sedan that has been added for 2019.
The new CLA measures both 51mm longer and wider than the outgoing model blessing the car with more interior space and more presence on the road.
The new CLA measures both 51mm longer and wider than the outgoing model blessing the car with more interior space and more presence on the road. This is supplemented by the optional 19-inch wheels on the model. The overall design of the CLA evidently resembles a scaled-down version of the mid-size CLS. Inside the cabin, the new CLA features a dual-screen interface with 7-inch screens for both the infotainment set-up as well as the instrument cluster. The touchscreen infotainment system comes with the new MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) system.
The Mercedes-Benz CLA also features a new assistant that identifies operation requests based on gestures. For instance, the brightness of the infotainment system is automatically adjusted when the hand approaches the screen or the touchpad on the centre console.
The new CLA also features a new assistant that identifies operation requests based on gestures.
Mercedes-Benz has also graced the new CLA with enough electronic aids to be used for semi-autonomous driving in certain situations. These include either standard or available adaptive cruise control with route-based speed adaption, active lane control, automatic emergency braking, and blind-spot monitors with cross-traffic warning.
So far, the German manufacturer has announced only the CLA250 version of the new moniker. This will feature a 2.0-litre turbocharged inline-four engine mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission that puts out 221hp and 349Nm of torque. The said version is expected to spin the front wheels as standard, while an all-wheel drive is possible in the future.