A redesigned Mercedes-Benz CLA coupe is set to roll out next year.
The second-generation four-door CLA, which will debut at January's Consumer Electronics Show, is based on the next-generation Modular Front Architecture, or MFA2, platform. Mercedes teased the upcoming launch with a photo highlighting the coupe's sloping roofline.
The CLA was nudged out as Mercedes' "gateway" model in the U.S. this year following the launch of the A-class subcompact sedan. The new CLA will have sportier, fastback styling to set it apart from the A class.
With the car market shrinking in favor of crossovers, targeted niches such as the entry-luxury 4-door coupe helps find new buyers for Mercedes-Benz, said Sam Fiorani, vice president at AutoForecast Solutions.
"Since sales of traditional two-door coupes have almost vanished, the four-door coupe design combines the practicality of a sedan with the faster backlight of a two-door," Fiorani said.
At CES, Mercedes will showcase the CLA's updated smart infotainment system, Mercedes-Benz User Experience.
The user interface learns routines and preferences of the driver. It can recognize patterns and predict navigation routes and radio stations based on time of day.
MBUX uses natural language processing technology that does not require memorizing predetermined commands. Using voice control, MBUX can activate and adjust a host of vehicle settings, including interior lighting and temperature controls.
Mercedes is teasing updates to the infotainment system, including MBUX Interior Assistant, which "identifies operation requests on the basis of movements," and Energizing Coach, which offers "individual fitness recommendations."
Also at CES, Mercedes will showcase the EQC electric crossover, a competitor to Audi's e-tron Quattro and Jaguar's I-Pace.
The EQC, powered by an 80-kilowatt-hour battery, delivers about 280 miles of driving range on a full charge, based on New European Driving Cycle estimates. Two electric motors generate a combined 402 hp, enabling a 0-to-60 mph sprint in a zippy 4.9 seconds. To reduce power consumption, the front electric motor is optimized for efficiency in the low to medium load range, while the rear e-motor adds sportiness.