New Mercedes-Benz CLA revealed

Mercedes-Benz India sales rises 1.4% to 15,538 units in 2018

2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA debuts at CES

The wraps have come off the second generation of Mercedes' compact saloon, the CLA, at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

H2, Mercedes-Benz sales volumes grew by 1.4%. Among the Mercedes Benz portfolio, the Long Wheelbase E-Class sedan maintained its sales success across markets and continued to remain the single highest selling model for the brand in January-December 2018 period. The newly designed headlamps and wider front grille on the lower hood give it a sportier character than before. The side windows appear narrower this time and the rear looks cleaner with smaller rear tail lights. That said, cabin space has not been increased by much and legroom and headroom still continues to be low with a bigger impetus on design rather than practicality. Drag coefficient is 0.23. This is a good thing, because we're unanimous in our opinion that the new A-Class has a vastly improved interior compared with the old CLA. For example, the voice assistant, activated by the keyword "Hey Mercedes, ' is able to recognize and answer considerably more complex queries", says Sajjad Khan, member of the divisional board of Mercedes-Benz cars for CASE and head of digital vehicle and mobility.

"Best Never Rest" signifies the philosophy that Mercedes-Benz will carry forward the rich learnings and experiences of the past 25 years, as the brand embarks on a new journey towards reinventing itself for the future. It uses the air conditioning and the seats (heating, ventilation or massage) to create a state of well being tailored to the needs of the user. Engine outputs are 225 hp and 350 Nm of torque, transmitted to the wheels via a 7G-DCT dual-clutch transmission.

However, there will eventually be a broad range of petrol and diesel engines, Mercedes promises, some featuring 4Matic all-wheel-drive.

Active adaptive damping has been added as an option, and Mercedes' engineers have adapted the ESP system for better cornering and handling. Mercedes-Benz claims that it has updated (or improved functionality of) features like active brake assist and active lane keeping assist, which are on offer as standard in the US.

The all-new Mercedes Benz CLA Coupe is expected to arrive in India in the financial year 2019-20 after the launch of Mercedes A Class sedan this year.

While the previous-gen CLA is now on sale in India (priced between Rs 34.38-36.99 lakh, ex-showroom, pan-India), this secxond-gen model is unlikely to launch in our market.

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