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The new form also results in improved aerodynamics for the vehicle.

The new Mercedes-Benz CLA Class has been revealed in Las Vegas this evening.

There's a new version of the MBUX - the Mercedes-Benz User Experience - set-up as the A-Class, incorporating the "Hey Mercedes" voice-controlled assistant, but additional local content has been added in, making the vehicle more relevant in a local context.

"By recognising gestures it facilitates natural operation", says Mercedes board member Ola Källenius. However, there's surely a lot of things that many buyers may want to get their hands on in the CLA. The driver has four control options; touchscreen, steering wheel control, transmission tunnel touch pad and voice recognition. An increase in cess on luxury cars that came into effect after the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax was a major spoiler for Mercedes, as this was coupled with a five per cent hike in customs duty on completely knocked down kits to 15 per cent.

The CLA can tell if you are stressed.

Chief designer Gorden Wagener said it was pivotal to maintain the "distinctive Coke-bottle shoulder' along with its shark nose combined with a long, stretched bonnet with bulging powerdomes".

The wider track (an extra 63 mm at the front and 55 mm more at the rear) and a lower centre of gravity contribute to what Mercedes-Benz describes as the "sportiest driving characteristics", as does the decoupled multi-link arrangement at the rear.

There are more generous elbow and shoulder proportions, and while head room has also improved those in the back will find the 3mm improvement meagre below the swooping roofline. MBUX debuted at CES 2018 and we have since seen it used on the Mercedes-Benz A Class and B Class models since and it is Mercedes-Benz flagship development.

The Mercedes-branded Vivoactive 3 comes with custom materials and display screens. The information from the watch is fed back to the vehicle. The new four-door coupe will be able to drive semi-autonomously in certain situations.

Low height matched with a wide, planted stance are necessary for a coupe presence and dimensions of the all-new CLA-Class don't disappoint. 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. Watch prices are also yet to be announced. All that power is distributed via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.


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