Check Out The Clever Interior Tech Of The New Mercedes CLA

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Mercedes demonstrates the CLA's gesture-controlled interior lighting ahead of the car's debut next week at CES.

After teasing the second generation CLA's curvaceous exterior, Mercedes is giving us a peek inside the cabin before the car makes its world debut next week at CES in Las Vegas. In a video posted on the automaker's Facebook page, we get a demonstration of some clever new tech linked to the advanced MBUX infotainment system that debuted in the A-Class. Mercedes is calling it an "Interior Assistant," which simply uses motion sensors that detect the driver's hand movement and automatically activates the interior lighting.

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Also note the "Edition 1" logo at the top of the dashboard on the passenger side, which means we're looking at the limited-edition CLA Edition 1 that will only be available for the first 12 months. Expect it to feature more equipment and unique styling for an extra cost like other new Mercedes Edition 1 models.

Details about the new Mercedes CLA are still slim, but recent spy photos have shown it will essentially look like a shrunken-down CLS. Now that the A-Class sedan represents the entry-level sedan in Mercedes' line-up, expect the new CLA to be larger and more luxurious than its predecessor. It will also share the architecture and interior design of the A-Class, so expect the cabin to feature dual 10.25-inch screens and the new MBUX infotainment system.

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Also expect engine options from the A-Class to carry over, so US customers will get a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four that produces around 200 hp mated to a seven-speed dual clutch transmission. If you want more power, hotter versions will eventually join the line-up including a 302-hp CLA35 and 400-hp CLA 45. Mercedes will lift the wraps off the new CLA at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on January 8.

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