It is safe to say Mercedes-Benz have almost every niche and segment covered in the automotive sector. One of those segments is a four-door coupe, a term that they revived in the mid-2000s when the big, luxurious CLS arrived.
A four-door coupe, as many of you will know, is a four-door car with a coupé roofline and usually focuses on the shape over the function.
Still wants to set its pockets, Mercedes created the compact four-door coupe in 2013 with CLA.
This was significant for one of the main reasons; it was the first drive on the front wheels of the Mercedes Saloon and was powered exclusively by four-cylinder engines.
Due in South Africa in the last quarter of 2019, Sean Parker traveled to Bavaria, Germany to drive the second generation of Mercedes-Benz CLA.
What is it like to drive?
I'll get right to the point – the diesel engine is a choice of a pile for now. We will see A35 and A45 later in 2020.
The 220d is powered by a 2.0-liter turbodiesel with 140kW and 400Nm and is connected to an 8-speed dual-clutch gearbox. Mercedes quoted a top speed of 241 kilometers per hour and thought it would leave 100 km / h in 7.1 seconds.
The other motor derivatives available are the 1.3-liter turbo gasoline engine in the CLA 200. It has a power output of 120kW and 250Nm, I opened this version also at launch, but I preferred the fuel burner in comparison to a low-capacity gasoline engine.
Optional shifts on the rake helped to work together nicely when the turning roads were introduced, and there was nothing negative about the efficiency of the gearbox.
Almost all of the CLA's dimensions are increasing, now it's longer, wider than its predecessor and only 2mm lower.
It has a wider and longer track and 30mm increased wheelbase. Why am I telling you this? Despite the now wider and wider car, OAL feels less exciting to drive than its predecessor. Adaptive shock absorbers are optional.
The steering wheel is too easy for my boredom, but to the street for someone in the market for a fancy little salon car.
It feels better to drive from the A-class, which I think has a lot to do with the wider track and longer wheelbase.
Another highlight was damping, which resulted in a beautiful smooth driving that smoothed all the bumps on the Bavarian roads. He felt like a Mercedes – a velvet and a goat. And
Is it technologically advanced as an A-class?
Inside, it is almost identical to the new A-class. There is an intuitive user experience system that allows the driver or passenger to call "Hey Mercedes" and command it to play music, shut the sunroof or provide outside temperature.
Sayjad Khan, sitting on the board for Connected, Autonomous, Shared, Electric (CASE) in Mercedes, says: "Moreover, voice assistance is no longer confused by the conversations of other travelers. Instead, it reacts only to the last person's commands Say, "Hey Mercedes" to activate the system – and you can keep your natural voice rhythm while using the system. "
The two high-resolution displays are neatly ergonomically smoothed as the favorite smartphone. The graphics are clear and bright, the main screen display is a boon that offers speed, navigation direction and speed limit signs in the driver's line of sight.
Is there a competition?
Strictly, no. Audi A3 is closest to offering an alternative in the compact sedan sedan, and later this year, Mercedes will confuse the A-Class sedan to try to steal sales from Audi.
Yes, CLA competes in the simpler category. It's more form-functional, with no-frame windows that resonate with a coupé designer design that's a sleek body, just like an aerodynamic (0.51 CdA), as a German Tricyclist Jan Frodeno on a racing bike.
In fact, all three models: CLA, A-Class sedan and hatch are built on the same Modular Front Architecture (MFA2) platform.
Mercedes thinks it has done enough to differentiate the CLA from the A-Class sedan and I suppose the sales numbers will be a deciding factor.
The new CLA is scheduled for local launch in the last quarter of 2019 and will be built at the Kecskemét assembly plant in Hungary.
Expect AMG, CLA 35 and 45 models to follow in 2020. Local prices for CLA 200 and CLA 220d will become clearer closer to its introduction in South Africa later in 2019.
Mercedes can create a compact four-door coupe with the original OAL, and with the new, they only heal the rough edges of its predecessor.
It should attract the attention of the wealthy millennia and buyers who are looking for a small Mercedes sedan that echoes in a style of buying in a more practical package.