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The 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA Is Sleeker, Smarter, and Finally Done Right

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA Is Sleeker, Smarter, and Finally Done Right

The company has recorded its best ever sales in the country and retained the crown of India's number one luxury automaker for the fourth year in a row.

Unveiled alongside the new, tech-enabled 2020 CLA Coupe at CES 2019, the smartwatch will be a Mercedes-Benz-branded Vívoactive 3 Global Positioning System. 2019 marks the 25th year of Mercedes-Benz in India and it plans to launch a total of 10 new products during the year to celebrate the milestone. And it makes ideal sense that the CLA would become more distinctive, given that there is now a conventional sedan version of the A - freeing the CLA up to be lower, sleeker and sexier. The smoother body helps the CLA to look more expensive than it really is, and the aerodynamics have been improved.

The new CLA is longer and wider, but the roof is lower. However, Mercedes-Benz promises there will be a "broad range" of diesel and petrol engines available featuring manual or dual-clutch transmissions and all-wheel drive at a later stage. To that end, the new CLA uses the latest iteration of the MBUX infotainment system, a twin 12-inch screen system that debuted on the A-Class at CES a year ago. This makes the all-new sedan longer by 48mm, wider by 53mm but shorter by 2mm in height. The growth was primarily driven by Long Wheelbase E-Class sedan, which continued to remain the single highest selling model for the brand in January-December 2018 period. Performance lovers that we are at C/D, we can't wait for the AMG models-both a 300-hp CLA35 (previewed by the new A35) and a 400-plus-hp CLA45 are on the near horizon. It is built on a re-engineered version of the previous car's platform and uses technology from the latest A-class.

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.




On the outlook for the new year, Schwenk said, "2019 is going to be an important year for Mercedes-Benz India, as we reach the milestone of "25 years of Mercedes-Benz in India". "Instead it only responds to the commands of the person who last said "Hey, Mercedes" to activate the system".

The rest of the interior is almost identical to the A-class, with a funky dashboard design, two standard 7.0-inch screens (10.3-inch units are optional), and a more playful use of materials than in other Benz models.

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

In the new Mercedes-Benz CLA Class, the MBUX experience is expanded. Frameless doors also continue to be a highlight of the new four-door coupe.


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