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The new Mercedes-Benz CLA listen and respond   


The new Mer­cedes-Benz CLA is not only quick to respond vehi­cle in its class.  It is smart.

Through “Mer­cedes-Benz User Expe­ri­ence” [MBUX]  voice-pow­ered info­tain­ment, the pre­mi­um car learn dri­vers’ pref­er­ences using arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence, mak­ing over­all dri­ving expe­ri­ence more enjoy­able and has­sle-free.

MBUX is being intro­duced with the 2019 Mer­cedes-Benz A‑Class.

MBUX has a voice-fueled ele­ment to com­pre­hend the dri­ver’s inquiries or solic­i­ta­tions, in any event, when they are talk­ing.

Mer­cedes-Benz CLA, Edi­tion Orange Art, AMG Line, kos­moss­chwarz.
Mer­cedes-Benz CLA, Edi­tion Orange Art, AMG Line, cos­mos black.

For instance, on the off chance that you are feel­ing your vehi­cle’s tem­per­a­ture is exces­sive­ly hot, you can turn on MBUX by say­ing,

“Hey, Mer­cedes,” and pro­ceed by say­ing, “It’s exces­sive­ly hot.” It will com­pre­hend you are ask­ing MBUX to reduce the tem­per­a­ture and will do that for you.

“The lat­est ver­sion of voice con­trol for MBUX – the Mer­cedes-Benz User Expe­ri­ence – can be expe­ri­enced in the new CLA.

For exam­ple, the voice assis­tant ‘Hey Mer­cedes’ is able to recog­nise and answer con­sid­er­ably more com­plex queries,” says Selvin Goven­der, Mar­ket­ing Direc­tor for Mer­cedes-Benz South Africa Cars.

“Hey Mer­cedes”: bet­ter under­stand­ing and even clev­er­er respons­es

Mer­cedes-Benz CLA 200 Coupé, jupiter­rot, Pro­gres­sive, Led­er­nach­bil­dung ARTICO/ Stoff Flèron macchiatobeige/schwarz;Kraftstoffverbrauch kom­biniert: 5,5–5,3 l/100 km; CO2-Emis­sio­nen kom­biniert: 127–121 g/km*
Mer­cedes-Benz CLA 200 Coupé, jupiter red, Pro­gres­sive, ARTICO man-made leather/Flèron fab­ric mac­chi­a­to beige/black;Fuel con­sump­tion com­bined: 5.5–5.3 l/100 km; Com­bined CO2 emis­sions: 127–121 g/km*

State-of-the-art of voice con­trol can also be expe­ri­enced in the CLA. Here too seat recog­ni­tion has been imple­ment­ed.

The voice assis­tance only responds to the com­mands of the per­son who last said ‘Hey Mer­cedes’ to acti­vate the sys­tem.

Mer­cedes-Benz CLA 200 Coupé, jupiter­rot, Pro­gres­sive, Led­er­nach­bil­dung ARTICO/ Stoff Flèron macchiatobeige/schwarz;Kraftstoffverbrauch kom­biniert: 5,5–5,3 l/100 km; CO2-Emis­sio­nen kom­biniert: 127–121 g/km*
Mer­cedes-Benz CLA 200 Coupé, jupiter red, Pro­gres­sive, ARTICO man-made leather/Flèron fab­ric mac­chi­a­to beige/black;Fuel con­sump­tion com­bined: 5.5–5.3 l/100 km; Com­bined CO2 emis­sions: 127–121 g/km*

The car has inte­ri­or oper­a­tions which recog­nis­es ges­tures and under­stand indi­rect voice com­mands.

Mer­cedes-Benz CLA 220 d Coupé, dig­i­tal­weiß met­al­lik, AMG Line, Led­er­nach­bil­dung ARTICO zwei­far­big nevagrau/schwarz;Kraftstoffverbrauch kom­biniert: 4,4–4,2 l/100 km; CO2-Emis­sio­nen kom­biniert: 117–110 g/km* (vor­läu­fige Dat­en)
Mer­cedes-Benz CLA 220 d Coupé, dig­i­tal white metal­lic, AMG Line, ARTICO man-made leather two-tone neva grey/black;Fuel con­sump­tion com­bined : 4.4–4.2 l/100 km; Com­bined CO2 emis­sions: 117–110 g/km* (pro­vi­sion­al fig­ures)

Mer­cedes-Benz South Africa and Exec­u­tive Direc­tor Mer­cedes-Benz Cars Co-CEO, Johannes Fritz said with MBUX, Mer­cedes-Benz has been rev­o­lu­tion­is­ing how to use a car and com­mu­ni­cate with it since the launch of the A‑Class.

“With the first CLA we had cre­at­ed a new seg­ment with a four-door coupé and cel­e­brat­ed huge sales suc­cess by sell­ing 750 000 CLA’s world­wide.

“It has fur­ther devel­oped a new edi­tion of the CLA and is even more emo­tion­al and sporti­er than its pre­de­ces­sor. Cou­pled with new oper­at­ing sys­tems, it sets new bench­marks for the entire class,” said Fritz.

The CLA was first launched in 2013, mak­ing it the first com­pact Mer­cedes Benz on the glob­al mar­ket.

Over 75 per­cent of Euro­pean cus­tomers who drove a CLA as a coupé chose a Mer­cedes Benz again for their next vehi­cle.

A total of 750 000 units of the first-gen­er­a­tion CLA con­tributed to the com­pact car’s suc­cess world­wide.

The new CLA will be avail­able as an Edi­tion 1, as an option­al extra.

In terms of both the exte­ri­or and inte­ri­or, this lim­it­ed edi­tion spe­cial mod­el has many visu­al accents which under­line its exclu­siv­i­ty.

Design: pure emo­tion

“As a four-door coupé, the new CLA intrigues with its puris­tic, seduc­tive design and sets new stan­dards in the design DNA of ‘sen­su­al puri­ty.

It impress­es with its per­fect pro­por­tions reflect­ing the first design sketch: a long, stretched bon­net, a com­pact green­house, a wide track with exposed wheel arch­es and our typ­i­cal GT rear end with a strong dis­tinc­tive ‘Coke-bot­tle shoul­der’,” said Selvin Goven­der, Mar­ket­ing Direc­tor for Mer­cedes-Benz South Africa Cars.

“The CLA has the poten­tial to become a mod­ern design icon.”

The stretched entry line above the win­dows and frame­less doors give the CLA its unmis­tak­able sporty and ele­gant.

Form­ing the front end is the strik­ing front sec­tion.

It rakes for­wards like a shark nose with a long, stretched bon­net fea­tur­ing pow­er­domes.

Flat head­lamps togeth­er with the low slung bon­net and the dia­mond radi­a­tor grille with cen­tral star cre­ate the vehicle’s sporty face.

The two-piece, nar­row tail lamps and the num­ber plate housed in the bumper make the rear of the CLA look espe­cial­ly wide.

With the green­house moved back, the sporty look­ing rear design achieves a bal­ance between ele­gance and sporti­ness.

Fea­tur­ing pared-down lines, the pre­cise­ly mod­elled side pro­file pro­vides an inter­est­ing inter­play of light and shade.

Dis­pens­ing with the upper shaped edge of the side wall per­mits extreme­ly mus­cu­lar and ath­let­ic shoul­der shap­ing, stretch­ing from the front wheel arch through to the sculp­tured rear.

Flush with the out­er edge of the body, the wheels with their flared wheel arch­es and wide track epit­o­mise dynamism and give the vehi­cle a sporty pres­ence.

In the inte­ri­or, all ele­ments are arranged accord­ing to the over­ar­ch­ing design themes of ‘high tech’ and ‘youth­ful avant-garde’ – be that the steer­ing wheel, the door han­dle oper­at­ing mod­ule, the cen­tre con­sole or the seats.

As in the A Class, the unique inte­ri­or archi­tec­ture is shaped in par­tic­u­lar by the avant­garde design of the dash­board.

The design­ers com­plete­ly dis­pensed with a cowl above the cock­pit.

As a result, the wing-shaped main body of the dash­board extends from one front door to the oth­er with no visu­al dis­con­ti­nu­ity.

The widescreen dis­play is com­plete­ly free-stand­ing. The low­er sec­tion is visu­al­ly sep­a­rat­ed from the main body of the instru­ment clus­ter by a ‘trench’, and it appears to float in front of the instru­ment clus­ter.

The ambi­ent light­ing enhances this effect. The air vents in a sporty tur­bine-look are anoth­er high­light.

One year since the pre­mière: MBUX keeps on learn­ing

A pow­er­ful com­put­er, bril­liant screens and graph­ics, cus­tomis­able dis­play, full colour Head-up Dis­play, nav­i­ga­tion with aug­ment­ed real­i­ty, soft­ware that can learn and “Hey Mer­cedes” – the key­word for voice con­trol that explodes con­ven­tion­al auto­mo­tive stan­dards.

This is how Mer­cedes-Benz is rev­o­lu­tion­is­ing car oper­a­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion with it.

Now the com­pa­ny is ignit­ing the next lev­el. MBUX Inte­ri­or Assist facil­i­tates nat­ur­al oper­a­tion.

The voice con­trol fea­ture now recog­nis­es top­i­cal answers in a grow­ing num­ber of domains.

“The lat­est ver­sion of voice con­trol for MBUX – the Mer­cedes-Benz User Expe­ri­ence – can be expe­ri­enced in the new CLA.

For exam­ple, the voice assis­tant ‘Hey Mer­cedes’ is able to recog­nise and answer con­sid­er­ably more com­plex queries,” says Selvin Goven­der, Mar­ket­ing Direc­tor for Mer­cedes-Benz South Africa Cars.

MBUX Inte­ri­or Assist: an even greater expe­ri­ence

By recog­nis­ing move­ments MBUX Inte­ri­or Assist brings added intel­li­gence to the inte­ri­or.

Thanks to inno­v­a­tive tech­nol­o­gy, MBUX now sup­ports the occu­pants by mak­ing var­i­ous com­fort and MBUX func­tions even sim­pler and more intu­itive. Inte­ri­or Assist oper­ates in non-con­tact mode and func­tions both in sun­light and in com­plete dark­ness.

It enables the adap­ta­tion of screen con­tent as soon as a hand approach­es the touch­screen in the dash­board or the touch­pad on the cen­tre con­sole, for exam­ple. Indi­vid­ual ele­ments are high­light­ed accord­ing to the cur­rent­ly active menu.

In addi­tion, the sys­tem is able to dis­tin­guish between the driver’s and front passenger’s wish­es and thus knows for whose seat the mas­sage func­tion is to be acti­vat­ed, for exam­ple.

There are oth­er func­tions which can be con­trolled intu­itive­ly, with­out any need to prac­tise cor­re­spond­ing ges­tures: In the dark, the read­ing lamp can be switched on and off by briefly extend­ing a hand towards the rear-view mir­ror, for exam­ple.

If the dri­ver reach­es over towards the unoc­cu­pied front pas­sen­ger seat in the dark, it will be illu­mi­nat­ed auto­mat­i­cal­ly.

This makes it eas­i­er to find any items which may have been deposit­ed on the seat.

As soon as the person’s hand leaves this area, the light auto­mat­i­cal­ly switch­es off again.

Aero­dy­nam­ics: intel­li­gent solu­tions intel­li­gent­ly designed

On the way to series pro­duc­tion, the aero­dy­nam­ics of the new CLA under­went a con­sid­er­ably longer phase of opti­mi­sa­tion than its pre­de­ces­sor in the form of sim­u­la­tions, before the first mea­sure­ments of mod­els were car­ried out in the wind tun­nel.

This was pos­si­ble due to greater com­put­ing capac­i­ty, as well as in par­tic­u­lar more expe­ri­ence of work­ing with sim­u­la­tion tools and their best pos­si­ble and most effi­cient use in the devel­op­ment process.

A key advan­tage of the sim­u­la­tion process is that it is easy to deter­mine the exact pro­por­tions of the form, and to exam­ine the effects of a change in form on flow at anoth­er point which is either before or after in the direc­tion of flow, with­out it being nec­es­sary to make changes to the phys­i­cal mod­el.

Work on opti­mi­sa­tion was in close col­lab­o­ra­tion with the design­ers and was par­tic­u­lar­ly inten­sive on the rear apron, radi­a­tor grille, the fog lamp recess­es (the relief-like dia­mond-shaped pat­tern of which was reduced to the edge on the CLA for aero­dy­nam­ic rea­sons) and the height of the dif­fuser.

Total­ly new are the wheel-arch spoil­ers with their fins in the lon­gi­tu­di­nal direc­tion; they help air to flow around the wheels with min­i­mal loss­es.

Aero­dy­nam­ic finess­ing was also per­formed on the wheels and tyres – both for the reg­u­lar wheel-tyre com­bi­na­tions and for what are known as aero wheels, which have been com­plete­ly redesigned to achieve the best pos­si­ble aero­dy­nam­ic val­ues and which also look attrac­tive.

Inte­grat­ed as stan­dard at the front of the vehi­cle is a two-piece shut­ter sys­tem behind the radi­a­tor grille, which reg­u­lates air­flow through the engine com­part­ment.

The almost com­plete under­body pan­elling encom­pass­es the engine com­part­ment, the main floor, parts of the rear axle and the dif­fuser.

Intel­li­gent Dri­ve: func­tions from the S‑Class

The CLA has the very lat­est dri­ving assis­tance sys­tems with coop­er­a­tive dri­ver sup­port, and thus pro­vides the high­est lev­el of active safe­ty in this seg­ment with func­tions adopt­ed from the S Class. For the first time, the CLA is able to dri­ve semi-autonomous­ly in cer­tain sit­u­a­tions.

To do this, it keeps a close eye on the traf­fic sit­u­a­tion.

Improved cam­era and radar sys­tems allow it to see up to 500 metres ahead.

The CLA also uses map and nav­i­ga­tion data for assis­tance func­tions. For exam­ple, Active Dis­tance Assist DISTRONIC as part of the option­al Dri­ving Assis­tance Pack­age is able to pro­vide route-based sup­port to the dri­ver in numer­ous sit­u­a­tions, and to pre­dic­tive­ly and con­ve­nient­ly adjust the speed, e.g. when approach­ing bends, junc­tions or round­abouts.

The new CLA comes with enhanced Active Brake Assist as stan­dard. Depend­ing on the sit­u­a­tion, it can effec­tive­ly help to mit­i­gate the con­se­quences of rear-end col­li­sions with slow­er-mov­ing, stop­ping or sta­tion­ary vehi­cles ahead, and even with cross­ing pedes­tri­ans and cyclists, or to pre­vent them alto­geth­er.

Active Lane Keep­ing Assist is able to warn the dri­ver by means of pulsed vibra­tions in the steer­ing wheel when the vehi­cle is unin­ten­tion­al­ly drift­ing out of its lane at speeds between 60 and 200 km/h.

If the vehi­cle pass­es over a sol­id line, it can pull the vehi­cle back into lane by apply­ing the brakes on one side.

In the case of a dot­ted line, such inter­ven­tion takes place only when there is a dan­ger of col­li­sion with a vehi­cle in the adja­cent lane (includ­ing dan­ger from oncom­ing traf­fic).

PRE-SAFE® PLUS can recog­nise an immi­nent rear-end col­li­sion.

If the dan­ger of a col­li­sion per­sists, the sys­tem can also firm­ly apply the brakes of the sta­tion­ary vehi­cle, thus low­er­ing the risk of injuries by reduc­ing the for­ward jolt caused by an impact from the rear.

MULTIBEAM LED head­lamps: bet­ter vis­i­bil­i­ty in all con­di­tions

Anoth­er exam­ple of auto­mo­tive intel­li­gence and the trans­fer of tech­nol­o­gy from the lux­u­ry seg­ment to the com­pact class are the option­al MULTIBEAM LED head­lamps.

They allow extreme­ly quick and pre­cise, elec­tron­i­cal­ly con­trolled adjust­ment of the head­lamps to suit the cur­rent traf­fic sit­u­a­tion.

Each head­lamp on the CLA incor­po­rates 18 indi­vid­u­al­ly con­trol­lable LEDs. The day­light-like light colour of the LEDs are easy on the eyes and has a pos­i­tive effect on con­cen­tra­tion.

The road ahead is pre­cise­ly and bright­ly illu­mi­nat­ed. LED High Per­for­mance head­lamps are a fur­ther option. As stan­dard, the new CLA is equipped with halo­gen head­lamps with inte­grat­ed LED day­time dri­ving lamps.

The tail lamps are also avail­able with all-LED tech­nol­o­gy.


The CLA is avail­able in two engine vari­ants – the CLA 200 and the CLA 220d.

The CLA 200 with the M282 engine is pow­ered by a 1.33 litre unit, which gen­er­ates 120 kW and 250 Nm of torque with a 7G DCT dual-clutch trans­mis­sion.

The CLA 220d with the OM654q 4‑cylinder diesel engine is pow­ered by a 2.0 litre unit, which gen­er­ates 140 kW and 400 Nm of torque with an 8G-DCT dual-clutch trans­mis­sion.

New fea­tures for both engines include CAMTRONIC for the intake camshaft, and par­tic­u­late fil­ter as stan­dard.

The mod­ern diesel and petrol engines also set stan­dards in terms of per­for­mance, effi­cien­cy and emis­sion con­trol. SCR cat­alyt­ic con­vert­ers or petrol par­tic­u­late fil­ters are part of stan­dard equip­ment.

The mod­el-spe­cif­ic cylin­der shut-off is a fur­ther expres­sion of the high tech­no­log­i­cal stan­dards.

Sus­pen­sion: agile and com­fort­able

There is a choice of sus­pen­sion sys­tems for the CLA, depend­ing on engine vari­ant and dri­ver pref­er­ence.

The sus­pen­sion with adjustable damp­ing offers this excit­ing spec­trum. The DYNAMIC SELECT rock­er in the cen­tre con­sole selects the pro­gram and char­ac­ter­is­tics: “Eco”, “Com­fort” or “Sport”. As though you had two sus­pen­sions in one car, refined sporti­ness.

The AMG sus­pen­sion is sys­tem­at­i­cal­ly tuned for high cor­ner­ing speeds with a low ten­den­cy to roll.

As a result the dynam­ic poten­tial of your vehi­cle can take full effect. For you this means more dri­ving plea­sure.

The com­fort sus­pen­sion offers you a dynam­ic over­all pack­age. It brings even bet­ter road hold­ing.

The sus­pen­sion has been low­ered by 15 mil­lime­tres and works with spe­cial­ly tuned springs and dampers: it has a much sporti­er con­fig­u­ra­tion than the stan­dard sus­pen­sion.

Tech­ni­cal data at a glance

Mer­cedes-Benz CLA 200 Mer­cedes-Benz CLA 220d
Engine 1332cc/L4 1991/L4
Output(kW) 120 140
Peak torque(Nm) 250 400
Trans­mis­sion Auto­mat­ic Auto­mat­ic
Fuel con­sump­tion -


5.3 – 5.6 I/100 km³ 6.5 – 6.7 I/100 km³
CO2 emis­sions — com­bined 122–129 138–141
Retail price (ZAR)                   R570 500 R612 800
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