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 ultimately, extra physique
types than in the present day’s CLA/GLA vehicles.

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

Okayällenius mentioned the brand new vehicles trip on a very new platform,
and can provide new powertrains together with a plug-in hybrid that
will probably be launched not lengthy after the automobile’s international launch.

2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class spy pictures

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 beautiful interface that solely might come
from his firm, not the Silicon Valley design titan.

“The place Mercedes is anxious,” he mentioned, “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 inside the automobile’s
infotainment system, he added. Primary techniques will permit
mirroring, however the system has been conceived to supply a modern
and easy-to-use atmosphere 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
mentioned, the CLA-Class drew conquest consumers 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 mentioned, whole quantity for the household of vehicles
will go up.

Mercedes-Benz GLB spy pictures

So will the variety of physique types obtainable. Within the U.S., the
coupe-like CLA and the GLA hatchback haven’t been joined by
different physique types, 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 potentialities for different
variations: a extra typical small SUV dubbed GLB, and a
battery-electric automobile based mostly on the EQA idea from final 12 months’s
Frankfurt Motor Present.

A coupe/convertible compact by no means joined the present lineup,
however might 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 present fields 38 physique types, and had
laid a plan via 2020 to boost 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
just a few years, and within the medium time period, might method 50 autos
in all.

The additions will assist adapt to the change in client
conduct, Okayällenius mentioned, which leads extra experimental
buying and extra change between physique types in the identical worth
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 will probably be launched this fall.
Some U.S. variations could also be produced in Mexico, beginning in 2019.


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