New Mercedes-Benz CLA is a real beauty

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New Mercedes-Benz CLA is a real beauty

German auto major Mercedes-Benz Wednesday reported 1.4 per cent increase in its sales in India with a record 15,538 units in 2018, retaining its leadership position in the luxury segment for the fourth year in a row. Almost 150,000 were sold in the United States alone, with sales surely helped by the CLA's low price: it was originally advertised starting under $30,000. 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.

The new Mercedes-Benz CLA Class has been revealed in Las Vegas this evening. The smoother body helps the CLA to look more expensive than it really is, and the aerodynamics have been improved. It now stands 4,688mm in length and 1,830mm wide. The current model starts at $34,095, and we expect the new one will be at least as much, and probably a little more, and it'll be above the A-Class (which hasn't been priced yet, either). Front-wheel drive is standard with 4Matic all-wheel drive as an option, and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic is the only transmission choice. 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. 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. Whether you prefer the CLS or the CLA, one thing is undeniable: The new CLA looks far better than the bulbous, stubby outgoing CLA. "Coupled with new operating systems, it sets new benchmarks for the entire class", she added. The voice-control system, which the user activates by saying "Hey, Mercedes", is now able to answer complex questions like "What child-friendly Asian restaurants are nearby that are neither Chinese nor Japanese?" Its aesthetics have been updated to resemble the rest of the coupe models in the Mercedes-Benz lineup but the biggest update comes in terms of the onboard technology. The carmaker also claims that the system no longer gets confused by other passengers talking and only responds to the commands of the last person to say the activation phrase.

Other available in-car features and amenties in the 2020 CLA include: heads-up display, LED ambient lighting, heated seats with massage function, and a plethora of active safety assist systems (emergency stop assist, lange change assist, brake assist, lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control with active distance assist).

In the new Mercedes-Benz CLA Class, the MBUX experience is expanded.

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