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Can New Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Catch Up With Entry-Level A-Class?

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hey out there: who wants a new mercedes-benz a-class sedan with less headroom and a higher price tag? apparently the company thinks someone out there wants this and has released a teaser image of the upcoming replacement for the brand's cla-class subcompact "four-door coupe." the arrival of the new cla follows the introduction of the a-class sedan on american shores, the first time the diminutive sedan version of the company's front-wheel-drive city-car platform has been sold here. until now, only the cla and gla-class suv were sold in the u.s.; if you wanted a more useful sedan version, you were out of luck.

we haven't had much love for the previous cla, finding it cramped, expensive and dynamically challenged given its springy dual-clutch transmission and thrashy four-cylinder used engine . the new a-class sedan, however, just introduced as a 2019 model, is a far cry from that original model, with its sophisticated interior, formal sedan-roof styling, punchy turbocharged used engine and greatly improved transmission. the new a220 also can be optioned up with all the latest-and-greatest mercedes-benz technology, like the voice-controlled mbux multimedia system, augmented reality navigation screen and much, much more.

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we expect the new cla will be identically optioned to the a-class, but perhaps with a bit more flair in the interior color choices. it will almost certainly come with a higher price tag, as mercedes-benz has already appointed the a220 as the new entry-level model in u.s. showrooms. the cla is expected to be unveiled at the 2019 consumer electronics show in las vegas in january.

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source:cars.com