Mercedes-Benz India sales rises 1.4% to 15,538 units in 2018

Mercedes-Benz India sales rises 1.4% to 15,538 units in 2018

We also hear it will come with a 7-speed dual clutch transmission (manual transmission will also be available) plus 4Matic all-wheel-drive system. For those who want a fashion-forward compact four-door, the new CLA finally seems to have hit the mark. The rest of the engine range is likely to mirror the A-class, with 133hp and 163hp, 1.3-litre petrols, a 190hp version of the 2.0 petrol, a 116hp, 1.5-litre and 150hp and 190hp, 2.0-litre diesels.

The new CLA is longer and wider, but the roof is lower.

Mercedes-Benz will offer an option for the adaptive suspension system, allowing drivers the choice between comfort or a more uncompromising sporty setting. We are excited that we introduced new products and technologies in the market including India's first BS VI auto two years ahead of the regulation, and also created new benchmark in the areas of customer service and retail experience, as underlined by the top ranking for Mercedes-Benz in the latest J.D. Power CSI & SSI studies. Mercedes-Benz claims that the CLA continues to have the same drag coefficient of 0.23 as before. The sloping coupé roofline is emphasised by frameless doors.

The car's larger dimensions have resulted in a more spacious interior, with 17mm of extra headroom. It sits lower to the ground by 2 mm, however, it has sacrificed 10 litres of boot capacity, although improvements have been made to the width of the load opening space, meaning you should be able to better utilise the space that the CLA has to offer. The dashboard features a centrally mounted touchscreen and no cowl, with a "trench" splitting out the lower section. In US market versions initially, the "Hey Mercedes" voice assistant can apparently handle more complex queries, even something like "Which child-friendly Asian restaurants are nearby which are neither Chinese nor Japanese?", as well as complex questions about sport, share prices and so on. Other functions can be activated with gestures contextually, like extending a hand toward the rearview mirror in the dark to activate reading lights. Benz says the sleek sedan boasts the "very latest" driving assistance systems (adopted from the S-Class), including the ability to drive semi-autonomously in certain situations. Active Lane Change Assist is available too, while enhanced Active Brake Assist and Active Lane Keeping Assist are fitted as standard.

While the previous-gen CLA is now on sale in India (priced between Rs 34.38-36.99 lakh, ex-showroom, pan-India), this secxond-gen model is unlikely to launch in our market. Expected to launch in India some time later.

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