The new generation Mercedes-Benz CLA has been caught by the spy shutterbugs just prior to its world debut that is slated to happen at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, on 8th of January. The latest iteration of CLA was spotted in the CLA 35 and the CLA variants recently. Both the test prototypes wear covered in thick camouflage in order to keep its new styling a secret prior to its formal unveiling at the upcoming CES. The new-gen CLA was also teased recently by Mercedes-Benz, however, the dark teaser image revealed nothing more than what could be ascertained by looking at the fully camouflaged test models.
The spy shots and the official teaser image, all confirm that the new generation Mercedes-Benz CLA will be retaining its coupe design with the swooping roofline. As per the reports, the new-gen model will be packed to the brim with latest technologies and will be featuring the new updated version of the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) infotainment system that was first introduced at the 2018 CES 2018. Thus, the infotainment unit will offer even more goodies.
The MBUX infotainment system comes loaded with a hot of features and latest tech including the Interior Assistant that gets activated with the keywords "Hey Mercedes". The digital assistant can operate through direct as well as indirect voice commands such as “set temperature to 24 degrees" or simply "I am cold" to adjust the climate control settings. There will also be a host of other interesting techs, such as the Energizing Coach that offers fitness recommendations based on the individual data inputs and by analysis the driving patterns. This advanced technology that was first introduced on the new-gen B-Class uses the air-conditioning system, the heating, ventilation and massage features of the seats, the ambient lighting system and music to create a special, customized setup to enhance the mood of the passengers to offer a unique ride experience.
As far the new exterior design is concerned, it is thought that it will be getting styling cues from the new generation CLS that recently hit the car market of India. The all new CLA will obviously flaunt the company’s new design philosophy that is seen on all new-gen Merc models. In terms of the interior layout of the new-gen Mercedes-Benz CLA is likely to bear resemblance to the new A-Class’ cabin.
We expect the new CLA to come to India, very soon after its global launch. For the Indian car market, the car is likely to get powered by the new 2.0 litre diesel motor which also drives the new updated C-Class in India. This motor is offered in two states of tune under the hood of the C-Class facelift – 194 PS and 245 PS of peak power.
The new-gen Mercedes-Benz CLA is likely to hit the car market of India sometime in 2020, it is expected to follow the Indian launch of the new A-Class that is expected to come to India exclusively in its sedan version with extended wheelbase.