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

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

Almost 150,000 were sold in the United States alone, with sales surely helped by the CLA's low price: it was originally advertised starting under $30,000.

The new CLA cribs many of its looks from the larger CLS, which is not a bad thing.

Because the carmaker chose to show the new CLA at an electronics show (CES 2019), the focus falls on the new, improved version of the MBUX infotainment system. 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 smoother body helps the CLA to look more expensive than it really is, and the aerodynamics have been improved. The engine is a version of the 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 in the A-Class and the old CLA-Class.

It is 48mm longer, 53mm wider and 2mm lower than current CLA model. Mercedes gives no performance estimates for the new CLA, but it should better the 6.1-second zero-to-60-mph time we achieved in an A220 4Matic by a tenth or two. We are excited that we introduced new products and technologies in the market including India's first BS VI auto two years ahead of the regulation, and also created new benchmark in the areas of customer service and retail experience, as underlined by the top ranking for Mercedes-Benz in the latest J.D. Power CSI & SSI studies.

The company will introduce in over 10 new products, including an array of products from the performance brand AMG, this year. In US market versions initially, the "Hey Mercedes" voice assistant can apparently handle more complex queries, even something like "Which child-friendly Asian restaurants are nearby which are neither Chinese nor Japanese?", as well as complex questions about sport, share prices and so on. Based on the new A Class, the fundamental spec list is not a revolution. 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. Its aesthetics have been updated to resemble the rest of the coupe models in the Mercedes-Benz lineup but the biggest update comes in terms of the onboard technology. Other options include a slew of driver assist systems from the top-rung S-Class such as active adaptive cruise control, lane-change assist, steering assist and parking assist. The MBUX uses artificial intelligence to customize the driver's experience and can adapt to the user, Mercedes says.

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

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