The new Mercedes-Benz CLA is sleeker, more powerful than ever before

Mercedes CLA at CES 2019

With the auto market shrinking in favor of crossovers and other light trucks, targeted niche products such as the luxury four-door coupe help draw new buyers for Mercedes-Benz in the USA, said Sam Fiorani, vice president at AutoForecast Solutions. That's right, the CLA now comes with Mercedes-Benz's high-tech MBUX infotainment system.

One of those models this year is the next generation of the Mercedes-Benz CLA, scheduled to arrive at dealerships towards the end of this year as a 2020 model.

The latest generation of the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) with more than 40 extra functions was showcased today at the epicentre of modern invention, the Consumer Electronics Show at Las Vegas. 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.

As well as being able to make sense of your health data, and make changes accordingly, the new vehicle also has a brand-new Interior Assistant feature that responds to your gestures, as well as a new and improved version of the voice-controlled MBUX infotainment system. There is also a larger 10.25-inch infotainment display that can be ordered on the new CLA. It now stands 4,688mm in length and 1,830mm wide. Beneath the car's hood is a powerful 2.0-liter turbo inline-four engine that produces 221 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque.

New CLA gets similar design cues as new CLS, making it more attractive than before.

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Numbers-wise, front headroom is up by 17 mm, the rear by three mm, and there's more elbow room both in front and at the rear, increased by 35 and 44 mm respectively. The new CLA250 will use a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (like its predecessor) to drive its front wheels, or optionally, all four wheels. Like the A-Class, the CLA will offer a bevy of active safety systems but not many of them will be standard.

The new CLA will be manufactured in Hungary and will come onto the market in May.

Mercedes-Benz will offer an option for the adaptive suspension system, allowing drivers the choice between comfort or a more uncompromising sporty setting.

There are more generous elbow and shoulder proportions, and while head room has also improved those in the back will find the 3mm improvement meagre below the swooping roofline.

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