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New Mercedes CLA Coupe shown off on video

New Mercedes CLA Coupe shown off on video New Mercedes CLA Coupe shown off on video
Melba Vasquez | 11 January, 2019, 11:10

The emotive compact four-door coupe now resembles the larger CLS-Class, and the distinctive head lamp design which features 18 individually controllable LEDs separates it further from the new A-Class (W177). Much like its hatchback brethren (the A-Class), the four-door now comes with an aggressive front fascia courtesy of flatter LED headlights, a sportier front grill and a more aerodynamic front bumper. Expect high-performance AMG CLA 35 and CLA 45 models to come later. The largest tyre and wheel combination available will be 225/40 R19 wrapped over 19-inch wheels. Tire sizes, on the other hand, will start from 205/60/R16 and end all the way to 225/40/R19. Measuring in at 4,688 mm long, 1,830 mm wide and 1,439 mm tall, it's 48 mm longer, 53 mm wider and two mm shorter than the C117. It is also slightly bigger and roomier with a longer wheelbase than the first-generation CLA.

New technology will be carried over from the A-Class such as the Mercedes MBUX operating system including digital instruments and touch screen infotainment functions. "Coupled with new operating systems, it sets new benchmarks for the entire class".

It also introduces Interior Assist, which recognises operational demands from gestures and equips the interior with intelligence, through augmented reality for navigation and understanding indirect voice commands. Serving as your personal "Siri" or "Alexa", this neat feature can be activated by saying "Hey Mercedes".

Mercedes claims the MBUX system has improved natural voice recognition and can comprehend more complex situations than before, while owners that wear a Garmin vivoactive 3 Smart Watch (which was revealed alongside the CLA at CES) can share personal details with the vehicle - such as heart rate - to link with the Energizing Coach function that can alter the mood of the cabin by manipulating the air conditioning, seat heating, ventilation and massage, music and ambient lighting.

For its initial launch in the U.S., the all-new CLA only gets one engine option for the meantime. It uses a four-cylinder petrol engine to produce 225 hp and 350 Nm of torque.

The all-new Mercedes Benz CLA Coupe is expected to arrive in India in the financial year 2019-20 after the launch of Mercedes A Class sedan this year. 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.

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