The wraps have come off the second generation of Mercedes’ compact saloon, the CLA, at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Just like the A-Class, the CLA has grown in size, with the new car being longer and wider than its predecessor at 4688mm long and 1830mm wide, which is 48mm longer and 53mm wider than the previous generation. The car is now longer than a BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe.
An increased wheelbase means that there will be more interior space on offer with larger door apertures and, more leg room. However, boot space capacity is slightly down with 460 litres on offer compared with 470 litres in the previous model.
Just like the model that went before it the CLA has a swooping roofline and short boot which differentiates it from a standard A-Class. In terms of engines, there are updated four-cylinder petrol and diesel powerplants with an M260 petrol unit which will power the new CLA 35 4Matic and a tuned M260 engine which will go in the CLA 45.
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.
The new CLA is the fifth Mercedes-Benz to be based on the new MFA2 platform, also found in the A-Class hatch and saloon, long-wheelbase A-Class and new B-Class. Mercedes claims the new platform will support front or four-wheel drive and offer a more focused and engaging driving experience. A lower centre of gravity and wider track should also help matters.
The CLA borrows semi-autonomous driving technology which is the same found in the S-Class luxury saloon, including autonomous emergency braking, lane-keep assist and radar-guided cruise control. Buyers will also have the choice to opt for alloy wheels ranging from 16in to 19in.
If the CLA saloon isn’t practical enough you will have to wait for the shooting brake which will add more boot space and passenger room. It’s expected to be revealed later this year.
The new CLA will go on sale in June 2019 with prices yet to be confirmed.