Mercedes-Benz announces new CLA at CES
Mercedes-Benz has just launched the updated CLA sedan at CES in Las Vegas.
Initially arriving in only CLA 250 guise, the little four-door will pack a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine good for 165kW and 350Nm. The power is fed into a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox and directed to either the front wheels or all four, depending on buyer spec. Performance details are scarce but the CLA 250 does have a limited top speed of 209km/h.
The small updates are more to do with bettering voice recognition and understanding more complex queries than adding new features. For example, MB says the system can understand and respond to something like ‘Find child-friendly Asian restaurants nearby with 4-star rating which are neither Chinese nor Japanese. ’
MBUX can also understand and answer complex questions with regard to things like sport (‘Hey Mercedes, how did the San Francisco 49ers play? ’), the stock exchange (‘Compare the share price of Apple Incorporated to Microsoft’), calculations (‘ What is the square root of 3? ’) or general knowledge (‘How big is Texas? ’, ‘What is the fat content of avocados? ’)
Another option adds gesture control to the tech that allows occupants to wave their hands like Tony Stark to make selections, rather than using the usual touchpad. Further available improvements include navigation and a Burmester Surround Sound System.
Active Brake Assist comes standard, which automatically slows the car to avoid collisions with vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians. Adding the optional Driver Assistance Package adds features like adaptive cruise control, active steering assist, lane keep assist, speed limit sign recognition, and blind spot monitoring.
We’re expecting pricing to be announced closer to its launch here next year.