2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA: What we know so far
The all-new Mercedes-Benz CLA has been revealed at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. UK list prices and specifications are to be confirmed, but here’s what we know so far.
Mercedes-Benz CLA Class
CLA 180 AMG Line Edition 4dr
- 10k Miles p/a
Per Month, INC VAT
Initial Payment: £2,409.66
It’s the company’s first new car to be revealed in 2019 and ushers in an all-new look that mirrors the larger CLS. 48mm longer than its predecessor, the more imposing look helps differentiate it from the newly introduced A-Class Saloon.
At the front, the look is almost identical to the latest A-Class hatchback, but changes to the side profile and rear end are much more dramatic; there’s a set of pillarless doors and a swooping roofline to give it that four-door coupe look. At the back, it pulls off a ‘mini CLS’ look courtesy of an angular set of tail lights and a sweeping boot lid lip.
Inside, the CLA is the latest in a line of Mercedes to benefit from a seriously smart interior. The company’s MBUX infotainment system is present, with the driver display and central dashboard dominated by two large screens.
Revealing the CLA at the CES demonstrates that Mercedes is seriously proud of its in-car tech, with MBUX claiming to “revolutionise how to operate and communicate” with the car.
It features high-definition graphics, customisable displays, a full colour Head-up Display, satnav with augmented reality and of course “Hey Mercedes” voice control system.
The Gesture Control system can now recognise whether it is being operated by the driver or the passenger, while other clever touches include motion-sensing lighting that illuminate certain areas of the cabin if movement is detected.
Aside from the impressive tech, there’s more space inside thanks to an increased wheelbase, while you’ll find some exquisite touches such as turbine air vents along with a metallic-look trim that we’ve grown used to seeing in the latest Mercedes. Boot space has been reduced from 470 litres to 460 litres, although Mercedes claims a larger boot lid and a wider floor have boosted practicality overall.
Engine-wise, UK specs are to be confirmed, but the car on display in Las Vegas features a 223bhp four-cylinder turbo petrol that we’ve already seen in the A-Class. A range of less potent petrol and diesels are likely to be offered, all coupled to a nine-speed automatic gearbox.
Mercedes’ 4MATIC system will also be offered. The top of the range is likely to be made up of the AMG A35 and A45 models, the latter of which will offer up to 400bhp and a sub-four second 0-62mph time.
A host of performance-orientated upgrades have also been made, with a revised suspension set-up compared to the standard A-Class range, along with a set of optional adaptive dampers.
A new ‘Direct Steer’ system has been fitted too, and is aimed at offering a more direct steering feel around bends, while also reducing the amount of input needed.
In the safety stakes, expect a range of semi-autonomous driving aids to be offered. The most notable is DISTRONIC – which automatically slows the car for hazards, traffic lights, corners and junctions. It also allows the car to essentially drive itself on motorways and in heavy traffic. You can see it in action in our latest C-Class video review.
No UK specs or list prices have been announced, but you can expect entry-level CLAs to cost from around £30,000. Order books are due to open next month, with deliveries commencing in June. If you can’t wait until then, you can check out lease deals on the outgoing CLA by clicking here.