The diversification of the current Mercedes-Benz A-Class is getting into swing following the revelation of its CLA four-door coupe variation at this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES). As we have anticipated with the new Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupe, the major changes has been made in the interior.
The new CLA's body is almost 2 inches wider and longer than its predecessor, though the rear-seat leg room is almost identical to the outgoing model, which was already cramped. The new form also results in improved aerodynamics for the vehicle. A host of engines will be available for the auto by its market launch in May, and these should include a Renault-derived M282 1.33 litre petrol and a 1.5 litre diesel as seen on the A-Class.
A decoupled multi-link rear axle will be offered, with active adaptive damping available as an option. Finally, it now has a wide array of wheel designs that range from 16-inches to 19-inches.
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.
On that note, the CLA is a good 139mm longer and 7mm lower than the A-Class sedan, while riding on the same 2729mm wheelbase, and in practical terms it offers similar headroom in the front but 36mm less in the back thanks to that sloping roofline, while the boot actually swallows 40 litres more (460).
More engine options as well as an all-wheel drive configuration will be available once the all-new CLA-Class officially goes on sale.
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The CLA is the coupe version of the Mercedes-Benz A Class range, the "baby" in Mercedes' line-up. The dashboard features a centrally mounted touchscreen and no cowl, with a "trench" splitting out the lower section.
The new CLA gets an optional 10.25-inch infotainment display while gesture control and a new Burmester sound system are standard. The cabin lighting is all gesture-controlled, which is quite nifty.
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Assistance systems found in the S-Class will also be used in this model, such as emergency stop assist, distance assist, active lane change, brake assist, lane keep assist and pre-safe plus. The vehicle will be manufactured at Mercedes' Kecskemet plant in Hungary.
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).