The new CLA features a cascading roofline with new headlights and taillights. The car is two inches wider and almost two inches longer and has a wheelbase that is one inch longer than the current CLS.
It has an enhanced version of Mercedes-Benz’s 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine (the enhancement grants an additional 13 horsepower). The engine mates with a seven-speed twin-clutch transmission that drives in front or all four-wheel drive. In total, the new CLA has 221 horsepower with 259 lb-ft of torque.
But none of that really explains why Mercedes-Benz would unveil the CLA at the Consumer Electronics Show. To satisfy that question, you need to look no further than the tech in the car.
The new CLA uses the MBUX dashboard and infotainment system, which consists of a dual-screen dashboard. The screens come as 7-inch screens standard with an option for 10.3 inches. The dashboard can recognize the driver and is responsive to gesture-based controls.
It also has a voice-controlled digital assistant. It can tell who is reaching for the screen or touchpad and respond appropriately, as well as recognize when the driver is leaning over to grab something in the empty passenger seat and turn on the light. It also has adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, lane keeping assistance, collision warning, and automatic emergency braking, Pre-Safe pre-collision countermeasures, and Active Steering Assist.
How’s that for an excuse to debut at an electronics show?