Mercedes-Benz CLA revealed at 2019 CES

Mercedes-Benz CLA revealed at 2019 CES

"With the first CLA we created a totally new segment with a four-door coupe and celebrated a huge success by selling some 750,000 CLA and Shooting Brake", said Britta Seeger, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, responsible for Mercedes-Benz Cars Marketing & Sales.

The second-generation CLA, which debuted today at CES in Las Vegas, immediately makes a much better impression than the outgoing generation did.

Starting with the design, the new CLA now embodies the same design language that debuted with the CLS and looks like a smaller version of it, which is a compliment. The smoother body helps the CLA to look more expensive than it really is, and the aerodynamics have been improved. 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 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.

To back up the CLA's sportier looks and further set it apart from the lowly A-class, the new model will only be offered in CLA250 form, with a new turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four making 221 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. 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. Drag coefficient is 0.23.

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The company will introduce in over 10 new products, including an array of products from the performance brand AMG, this year.

On the outlook for the new year, Schwenk said, "2019 is going to be an important year for Mercedes-Benz India, as we reach the milestone of "25 years of Mercedes-Benz in India". 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. "Instead it only responds to the commands of the person who last said 'Hey Mercedes" to activate the system".

A decoupled multi-link rear axle will be offered, with active adaptive damping available as an option.

Mercedes Benz India will start 2019 by launching the V-Class on January 24!

In fact, the compact coupé-inspired four-door has also broken the shackles of the A-Class design idiom, no longer sharing its frontal design with the hatch that it's ultimately based on.

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