Mercedes-Benz announced Monday that it will bring a new CLA-Class sedan to CES 2019. The teaser is pretty minimal, showing off the CLA's coupe-like roofline, and it's reasonable to expect that it'll be pretty similar to the when the rest of the car appears. The CLA's roof adds style, but in the last-generation car, it ate into rear headroom to an uncomfortable degree. Hopefully things will be better this time around.
Like the A-Class before it, the star of the show inside the new CLA-Class will be MBUX, Mercedes-Benz's latest and greatest infotainment system. Its AI-powered assistant can understand natural language commands, and Mercedes is teasing some new capabilities including a system that "identifies operation requests on the basis of movements." We're not quite sure what that means yet, but odds are we'll find out in just a couple weeks.
That's not all the automaker has in store for CES 2019. Mercedes will also use the tech conference to show off its Audi E-Tron and Jaguar I-Pace, the EQC promises a pair of electric motors putting out 402 horsepower and 564 pound-feet of torque. The European rating for the EQC's range is about 280 miles, so its EPA-estimated range should be between 240 and 270 miles.in the US for the first time. A competitor for the
CES will also see the US introduction of the. This super flexible autonomous van concept uses an electric " " platform that can have a variety of bodies slapped on top, depending on its purpose. It can function as a people-mover during the day, flipping to a cargo van hauling packages at night. It's just the kind of pie-in-the-sky thinking that CES is all about, and we can't wait to see it in person in a little over a fortnight.