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2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA debuts at CES

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

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.

Inside, the new CLA-Class is a dead-ringer for the A-Class on which it's based.

In the new Mercedes-Benz CLA Class, the MBUX experience is expanded. In fact, while the new A-Class and the CLS has received some flack in terms of overall design - especially the headlamps, the CLA on the other hand is spot on in terms of a blend of aggressiveness and elegance.

The auto competes against rivals like the BMW 1 Series and Audi A1.

Sales in 2018 were driven by an all-round performance across segments from the new-generation cars, sedans, SUVs and the AMG portfolio.

Also, the CLA now gets a wider track (+63 mm front and +55 mm rear) and a lower centre of gravity to aid its cornering ability. And it makes flawless 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 Mercedes GLS will be coming in to compete with models like the BMW X7, Audi Q7, Lexus GX, Range Rover and more.

A stabiliser bar with a larger diameter has been introduced to reduce body roll. An active adaptive damping system will be available as an option as well.

But it was the on-board tech that really got the crowds at CES in going. In comparison to the original, it is 48mm longer, 53mm wider, 2mm lower and the wheelbase is 30mm longer than before, resulting in improved interior space with 17mm of additional headroom for front-seat occupants, 3mm more in the rear and double-digit increases in shoulder and elbow room for all.

Features new and most improved iteration of the MBUX and AI voice assistant.

There are also ingenious details when it comes to the aerodynamics and new functions for the Intelligent Drive driving assistance package. The Long Wheelbase E-Class sedan continued its sales success across markets and continued to remain the single highest selling model for the brand in January-December 2018 period. "By recognising gestures it facilitates natural operation", says Mercedes' Ola Källenius.

Inside, the all-new CLA-Class shares the same interior design as the other new compact A-Class siblings. "Coupled with new operating systems, it sets new benchmarks for the entire class".

The CLA was revealed in Sin City in Edition 1 launch spec (with all its associated stylistic bits and bobs), and the vehicle is fitted with the firm's 2-litre turbopetrol engine, rated at 165kW and 350Nm and mated to a 7G-DCT dual-clutch gearbox.

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