Mercedes-Benz CLA debuts at CES

2020 Mercedes Benz CLA 250 Edition 1

2020 Mercedes Benz CLA 250 Edition 1

The range engine range has not been disclosed by Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupe, but discloses it will include most of the engines from A-Class.

The new four-door coupe was revealed at the annual CES (Consumer Electronics Show) In Las Vegas, which is normally the preserve of geeks bearing robots, phone tech and other electronic gadgets.

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.

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. Much like its hatchback brethren (the A-Class), the four-door now comes with an aggressive front fascia courtesy of flatter LED headlights, a sportier front grill and a more aerodynamic front bumper. Also, the narrower tail lamps give it a wider stance from the rear and an added sense of elegance.

The new CLA also features a wider track, by 63 mm at the front and 55 mm at the rear compared to the first-gen. Drag coefficient is 0.23.

There's a new version of the MBUX - the Mercedes-Benz User Experience - set-up as the A-Class, incorporating the "Hey Mercedes" voice-controlled assistant, but additional local content has been added in, making the auto more relevant in a local context.

But perhaps its most important feature is intelligent voice control. The effect is of a more menacing auto.

The CLA on display at CES 2019 is the CLA250 derivative, which employs a 2,0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine worth 165 kW and 350 N.m.

The CLA is the latest model to be revealed among Mercedes' all-new compact vehicle family, joining the A-Class hatch that is already on sale in Australia and the sedan and high-roofed B-Class hatch due to land in showrooms before the middle of the year.

The new CLA Coupe is now equipped with the latest generation of Merc's MBUX AI system that allows occupants to "interact" with the vehicle. An active adaptive damping system will be available as an option as well.

It also has the Energizing Package Plus that debuted on the new Mercedes GLE. Other functions can be activated with gestures contextually, like extending a hand toward the rearview mirror in the dark to activate reading lights. The Three Pointed Star will not only expand its retail network in newer markets, but also enhance the luxury experience across its dealership through innovative luxury elements. However, the new variant is expected to be a little costlier than the current version.

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