New Mercedes-Benz CLA Class Officially Unveiled

The Mercedes Benz'Made in India GLC

The Mercedes Benz'Made in India GLC

The Mercedes-Benz CLA is back, despite MB's new A-Class sort of filling the entry-level four-door gap in the lineup. Like the A-Class, the CLA will offer a bevy of active safety systems but not many of them will be standard.

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). The engine is a version of the 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 in the A-Class and the old CLA-Class. Legroom, however, is broadly similar to the previous model's and the boot has shrunk by 10 litres to 460 litres. The full details about the CLA as released by Mercedes at CES can be found in the document attached below.

On display at the Las Vegas Convention Center is the CLA 250, equipped with a four-cylinder gasoline engine that develops 225 hp and 350 Nm of torque when coupled to a 7G-DCT dual-clutch transmission.

The biggest change is inside though. Now, with the new A-class sedan taking the lowest rung on the Benz totem pole, the brand is repositioning the CLA to be a sportier, more stylish, and more upscale compact offering-what it should have been from the beginning. The centerpiece for the cabin, and indeed the auto as a whole, is the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) infotainment system that was unveiled first in the Mercedes A-Class.

Similarly, the C-Class sedan and the CLA continue to remain on top of Mercedes-Benz customer preference, with the E-Class breaking a new record in the mentioned period. The driver has four control options; touchscreen, steering wheel control, transmission tunnel touch pad and voice recognition. The famed MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) system has been updated with the capability to answer more complex queries- for example, sports results, calculations, general knowledge, as well as eateries matching the specific demand of the driver. "Instead it only responds to the commands of the person who last said "Hey, Mercedes" to activate the system". Flip a "v" at the centre console and MBUX will also access a personal favourites menu.

Also on offer here is a smart new gesture control system that can detect whether the driver or passenger is using it, while Merc's Energising Coach takes the Mercedes-Benz climate, massage, lighting and musical "wellness programme" a step further by syncing with and making recommendations based on data from certain compatible Garmin wearables, including the new Mercedes-Benz vivoactive 3 Smartwatch that also made its debut at the CES show. The information from the watch is fed back to the auto.

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