Mercedes Benz CLA 2019 revealed, to arrive in India in 2019-20

Mercedes Benz CLA 2019 revealed, to arrive in India in 2019-20

Inside, the MBUX infotainment system is fitted - which debuted in the A-Class a year ago and features the voice-activated "Hey, Mercedes" personal assistant.

Starting with the most obvious change, the new CLA gets a radical new look.

There is far more to this sleek new four-door than just looks - it packs a whole entourage of smart technology, which would explain why its maker chose to reveal it at the CES technology showcase in Las Vegas.

Either way, Wagner claims the new S-Class will help reset the benchmark for interior design, and that whilst it has to cater to consumer tastes it is "not looking at markets, we do what we think is right".

The new 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 is a tech-heavy, style-centric sedan with a more potent turbo-4 and the automaker's latest infotainment system. "The year will be marked with some of the most significant product introductions".

It will be manufactured at the firm's Kecskemét plant in Hungary, and is expected to launch in South Africa in the third quarter of 2019. Frameless doors also continue to be a highlight of the new four-door coupe. The model can be had with either front-wheel drive or the 4MATIC all-wheel drive system.

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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. Other functions can be activated with gestures contextually, like extending a hand toward the rearview mirror in the dark to activate reading lights. The system is able to distinguish between gesture commands from the driver and front passenger and functions both in sunlight and in complete darkness.

The new service-based Energizing Coach can even recommend one of the Energizing programmes.

Mercedes has only unveiled the new CLA 250 variant that comes packed with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol which makes 222 hp and 350Nm of torque.

Mercedes-Benz will offer an option for the adaptive suspension system, allowing drivers the choice between comfort or a more uncompromising sporty setting. Finally, it now has a wide array of wheel designs that range from 16-inches to 19-inches. The world's largest economy swallowed 652,996 Mercedes-Benz cars, a 7.8 percent increase over 2017 the main contributor to the region's 11 percent overall rise.

Can now drive semi-autonomously for the first time ever.

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