Mercedes-Benz CLA unveiled at CES 2019


Low height matched with a wide, planted stance are necessary for a coupe presence and dimensions of the all-new CLA-Class don't disappoint.

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled updated version of its entry-level compact sedan CLA at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

The new CLA's body is almost 2 inches wider and longer than its predecessor, though the rear-seat leg room is almost identical to the outgoing model, which was already cramped.

The interior, meanwhile, features a front end that has essentially been lifted nearly wholesale from the A-Class, complete with a wide, free-standing flatscreen display panel and turbine-style air vents.

Features new and most improved iteration of the MBUX and AI voice assistant. This gives it a sportier and more purposeful stance along with a roomier cabin. Similarly, the C-Class sedan and the CLA continued to remain on top of Mercedes-Benz customer preference, with the E-Class breaking a new record in the mentioned period. The side windows appear narrower this time and the rear looks cleaner with smaller rear tail lights.

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The new CLA also features a wider track, by 63 mm at the front and 55 mm at the rear compared to the first-gen. According to Mercedes-Benz, in making this new CLA, a near complete rethink has resulted in moving the cabin slightly backwards, growing the length, and lowering of the bonnet line has resulted in a more harmonious, rather cheekier and sleeker looking auto than its predecessor. Drag coefficient is 0.23.

The CLA was revealed in Sin City in Edition 1 launch spec (with all its associated stylistic bits and bobs), and the vehicle is fitted with the firm's 2-litre turbopetrol engine, rated at 165kW and 350Nm and mated to a 7G-DCT dual-clutch gearbox. Active Lane Change Assist is available too, while enhanced Active Brake Assist and Active Lane Keeping Assist are fitted as standard. When the new CLA goes on sale globally, it will be offered with both diesel and petrol engines, with both manual and dual clutch transmissions and all-wheel drive as well.

It also has the Energizing Package Plus that debuted on the new Mercedes GLE. The MBUX now gets an Interior Assist function, which operates via gesture control. However, the new variant is expected to be a little costlier than the current version.

Also worth noting on the CLA are its new set of taillights and redesigned rear bumper that further highlight the car's sporiter character.