New Mercedes-Benz CLA revealed Motors

Isaac Cain
January 11, 2019

New technology will be carried over from the A-Class such as the Mercedes MBUX operating system including digital instruments and touch screen infotainment functions.

Flat headlamps, two-piece, narrow tail lamps and a number plate housed in the bumper all help to make the auto seem wider and more squat on the road. The overhangs are smaller and everything looks more taut. The information from the watch is fed back to the vehicle.

In its first year, the CLA - which will be built at the automaker's Kecskemét plant in Hungary - is set to enter the market in May.

There are a number of appealing mechanical changes compared to the similar A-Class.

The technologies being added to the next-gen CLA don't end with the multimedia system either. It makes 221 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, up slightly from the last model's 208-hp turbo-4.

This new Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupe is expected to make its way to India within the 2019-20 financial year, possibly after the launch of the Mercedes A-Class sedan in 2019. Considering the engine's increased power, it should be more exciting than the A-Class, though we hope the transmission is more responsive.

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For its initial launch in the United States, the all-new CLA only gets one engine option for the meantime.

The Mercedes-Benz CLA is back, despite MB's new A-Class sort of filling the entry-level four-door gap in the lineup.

The new CLA has coupe-like tail lamps and a short bootlid.

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. The dashboard is fairly low, and the air vents are the flashy round metallic units used on most other models. There is also a larger 10.25-inch infotainment display that can be ordered on the new CLA. The systems fitted include active brake, lane keeping, and lane change assistance systems along with Pre-safe Plus, which can detect an imminent rear-end collision and prepare the vehicle for it. Sale of CLA Coupe will commence from May in Europe and will hit U.S. market by late 2019. The current model starts at $34,095, and we expect the new one will be at least as much, and probably a little more, and it'll be above the A-Class (which hasn't been priced yet, either).

As with the A-class, the CLA also receives driver assistance systems originally seen on the most recent S-class, allowing the vehicle to drive semi-autonomously for the first time.

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