New 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA Unveiled

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The new CLA measures 4 688 mm long and 1 830 mm wide (increases over the original of 48 mm and 53 mm, respectively), while its height has been cut two millimetres to 1 439 mm.

With an extended wheelbase, there is also more interior space for passengers - but rear boot space has been cut by 10 litres from the previous generation to 460 litres.

It has an extra 63 mm at the front and 55 mm more at the rear compared to its predecessor and a lower centre of gravity.

It also introduces Interior Assist, which recognises operational demands from gestures and equips the interior with intelligence, through augmented reality for navigation and understanding indirect voice commands.

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Mercedes-Benz debuted the all-new CLA sedan at the ongoing CES 2019.

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. The voice assistance activated by the phrase "Hey Mercedes" has been updated to now understand more complex and conversational queries, claims Mercedes-Benz.

A new interior assist system enables gesture control of certain functions and it is said the auto can detect whether the driver or passenger is using the touchscreen and react accordingly. For example it might change the air conditioning, ambiance lighting, new-type seat massages, fragrance or music to keep you chill. This data allows the Energizing system to optimise the accuracy of the settings to offer a relaxed experience.

Active adaptive damping has been added as an option, and Mercedes' engineers have adapted the ESP system for better cornering and handling. Once launched, the new CLA will continue its rivalry with the Audi A3 in the Indian market.

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Displayed at the CES is the CLA 250 with its four-cylinder petrol engine delivering 225 horsepower and 350 Nm of torque, married to a 7G-DCT dual-clutch transmission.

The new CLA is based on Mercedes' next-generation Modular Front Architecture platform, or MFA2.

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 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). This unit is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

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