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

Yolanda Curtis
January 11, 2019

Revealed at CES 2019 in Las Vegas, the collaborative device will be a Mercedes-Benz-branded Vívoactive 3 Global Positioning System smartwatch, which will be available globally through Mercedes-Benz dealerships in March this year.

The new fourth-generation A Class itself made a stir previous year when launched, and the coupe - which has received the very latest Merc technology - is continuing in that tradition.

Sitting 4,688mm long and 1,830mm wide, the new CLA is 48mm longer and 53mm wider than its predecessor, and its wheelbase is 30mm longer at 2,729mm.


It has grown in size, which has resulted in more cabin space.

The physical increase in size has meant the original CLA retains its title as the most aerodynamic passenger auto to date, but Mercedes-Benz says even more attention was paid to the new model in order to achieve its drag co-efficient figure of 0.23, with the auto featuring active shutters behind the grille, fine-tuned details within the air intakes and wheel arches, a flat bottom underneath the vehicle and an ultra-efficient rear bumper.

The new CLA-Class's interior appears to be lifted right out of the A-Class, with two free-standing, monolithic screens for instrumentation and infotainment. Mercedes-Benz claims that the CLA continues to have the same drag coefficient of 0.23 as before.


But perhaps its most important feature is intelligent voice control. 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.

Alongside the new tech Mercedes-Benz offers in the form of MBUX are a variety of additional packages.

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). At the Las Vegas show, Mercedes presented the CLA 250, which has a gasoline engine producing 225 hp together with a 7-gear dual-clutch transmission. Other functions can be activated with gestures contextually, like extending a hand toward the rearview mirror in the dark to activate reading lights.


Come May however, the engine range for the all-new CLA will broaden to include several gas-powered turbo fours and diesel-powered mills. The current CLA in India is priced between Rs 31.72 lakh to Rs 36.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) but expect the new one to be introduced at higher price. The motor is paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

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