New Mercedes CLA/GLA due late this 12 months, with Apple-like MBUX and plug-in electrical energy


The brand new compact household of Mercedes-Benz vehicles due late this 12 months
will introduce a brand new structure and finally, extra physique
kinds than right this moment’s CLA/GLA vehicles.

Ola Okayällenius, Daimler AG’s head of analysis and product
improvement, stated on Tuesday on the Geneva Motor Present that
Mercedes desires to make as massive a splash with the brand new compact
vehicles because it did with the 2014 CLA-Class.

Okayällenius stated the brand new vehicles trip on a totally new platform,
and can provide new powertrains together with a plug-in hybrid that
can be launched not lengthy after the automotive’s international launch.

2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class spy photographs

The brand new compact vehicles would be the first within the Mercedes lineup
to make use of the
MBUX working system. The interface, launched at this
12 months’s CES, takes some cues from Apple interfaces, however
Okayällenius promised a sexy interface that solely may come
from his firm, not the Silicon Valley design titan.

“The place Mercedes is anxious,” he stated, “we wish to be the
pinnacle of the aesthetic.”

The brand new system will permit customers to decide on the extent of
smartphone integration and affect throughout the automotive’s
infotainment system, he added. Primary programs will permit
mirroring, however the system has been conceived to supply a glossy
and easy-to-use setting that may persuade clients to purchase
into the extra in depth, succesful variations.

New compact household: CLA, GLB, EQA?

The brand new autos will proceed to be the entry level into the
Mercedes household of vehicles. Within the first technology, Okayällenius
stated, the CLA-Class drew conquest patrons from bigger,
mass-market vehicles.

Gross sales slowed after the preliminary mannequin years with the
introduction of the GLA-Class hatchback. On this second
technology, Okayällenius stated, complete quantity for the household of vehicles
will go up.

Mercedes-Benz GLB spy photographs

So will the variety of physique kinds accessible. Within the U.S., the
coupe-like CLA and the GLA hatchback haven’t been joined by
different physique kinds, such because the A-Class and B-Class hatchbacks.

Within the new technology, the standard four-door sedan physique
will be a part of the U.S. lineup. Among the many prospects for different
variations: a extra standard small SUV dubbed GLB, and a
battery-electric automotive primarily based on the EQA idea from final 12 months’s
Frankfurt Motor Present.

A coupe/convertible compact by no means joined the present lineup,
however may substitute the SLC-Class within the new technology.

In all, with the introduction of the brand new compact vehicles, the
Mercedes lineup will consist of 4 fundamental platforms: compact,
rear-drive vehicles, massive SUVs, and AMG sports activities vehicles. On these
platforms, Mercedes at the moment fields 38 physique kinds, and had
laid a plan by way of 2020 to lift that quantity to about 40,

Mercedes unveils compact electrical EQA idea

With the addition of EQ electrified autos to the product
plan, Mercedes can have 40-plus autos in its lineup inside
a couple of years, and within the medium time period, may strategy 50 autos
in all.

The additions will assist adapt to the change in shopper
habits, Okayällenius stated, which leads extra experimental
purchasing and extra change between physique kinds in the identical value
phase. It additionally accommodates the push towards electrical
autos, which Mercedes will be a part of when it introduces a
battery-electric compact SUV later this 12 months.

The brand new compact Mercedes vehicles can be launched this fall.
Some U.S. variations could also be produced in Mexico, beginning in 2019.


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