2019 CES Archive

  • C118 Mercedes-Benz CLA – second-gen debuts at CES

    The C118 Mercedes-Benz CLA – which was inadvertently revealed yesterday – has now been officially unveiled, the all-new four-door coupe making its debut at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

    The second-gen, which sits on the automaker’s Modular Front Architecture (MFA2) platform that also underpins the W177 A-Class, is a larger car than its predecessor. Measuring in at 4,688 mm long, 1,830 mm wide and 1,439 mm tall, it’s 48 mm longer, 53 mm wider and two mm shorter than the C117. Wheelbase length is also up, now 2,729 mm, an increase of 30 mm over the old car.

    The new CLA also features a wider track, by 63 mm at the front and 55 mm at the rear compared to the first-gen. Styling-wise, the new car is less radically revised compared to its hatch sibling, and the general shape and lines makes it somewhat of a scaled-down CLS. The new form also results in improved aerodynamics for the car.

    As standard, the new CLA is equipped with halogen headlamps with integrated LED daytime driving lamps, but LED High Performance and Multibeam LED units are available as options. The tail lamps are also available with all-LED technology. As for wheels, the available range starts from standard fit 16-inch units right up to 19-inch models.

    The interior, meanwhile, features a front end that has essentially been lifted almost wholesale from the A-Class, complete with a wide, free-standing flatscreen display panel and turbine-style air vents. The cabin of the old car was pretty much a cramped affair, and attempts to address this sees changes in dimension and scope.

    Numbers-wise, front headroom is up by 17 mm, the rear by three mm, and there’s more elbow room both in front and at the rear, increased by 35 and 44 mm respectively. Likewise, shoulder room is also up, although legroom measurements remains virtually the same as it was in the old car.

    Aside from the free-standing flatscreen display, tech bits include an upgraded version of the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) infotainment system, the latter incorporating features borrowed from the new GLE. The MBUX now gets an Interior Assist function, which operates via gesture control. The system is able to distinguish between gesture commands from the driver and front passenger and functions both in sunlight and in complete darkness.

    Smart functions include the switching on/off of the reading lamp by briefly extending a hand towards the rear-view mirror and illuminating the map light when the driver reaches over towards the unoccupied front passenger seat in the dark. As is the case with the A-Class, there’s also ‘Hey Mercedes’ voice control functionality, and the equipment list also includes Energising comfort control, with a new Energising Coach function.

    Driving assistance systems – with functions adopted from the S-Class – find their way on. Plenty of active gear in the kitbag, with enhanced Active Brake Assist and Active Lane Keeping Assist standard fit. The item list also includes Active Distance Assist Distronic, Active Emergency Stop Assist and Active Lane Change Assist.

    The display car in Las Vegas is a CLA 250 variant, which is equipped with a M260 2.0 litre turbo four-cylinder petrol engine making 224 hp at 5,500 rpm and 350 Nm between 1,800 to 4,000 rpm. A host of engines will be available for the car by its market launch in May, and these should include a Renault-derived M282 1.33 litre petrol and a 1.5 litre diesel as seen on the A-Class.

    There should also be a number of high-performance AMG versions such as a 306 hp CLA 35 and a CLA 45, offered in either base 387 hp trim or a pumped-up 421 hp S variant.

    In its first year, the CLA – which will be built at the automaker’s Kecskemét plant in Hungary – is set to enter the market in May. An Edition 1 model will be available in the car’s first year of production, and this one will feature the usual accoutrements of the type.

     
     
  • C118 Mercedes-Benz CLA leaked ahead of CES debut

    It’s barely hours before the C118 Mercedes-Benz CLA is to be revealed in all its glory, but on the 11th hour an Australian portal, Redline, broke the embargo and gave us a good look at the new four-door coupé just before its big unveiling. The original article was taken down, but not before Jalopnik got a hold of it published the photos and details that were there.

    Based on the new Modular Front Architecture (MFA2) that also underpins the W177 A-Class, the CLA gets a more subdued makeover than its hatch sibling. At the front, the headlights retains much of the current car’s curvaceous shape, rather than the five-door’s slim, tapered units. They frame a trapezoidal grille that has become part of Stuttgart’s design direction as late.

    Along the sides, the usual sweeping roofline has been retained, but the door mirrors have been moved from the base of the A-pillars to the tops of the front doors, and the long, curved shoulder line of the outgoing model has been banished for a cleaner bodyside akin to the latest CLS.

    Although we don’t get a proper glimpse of the new rear end, past teasers and spyshots have already revealed a fascia that is again fairly similar to the CLS. This includes wider two-piece tail lights and a number plate that has moved from the bootlid to the rear bumper.

    The car you see here appears to be an Edition 1 unit, adding orange highlights to the front splitter, wheel flanges and rear diffuser on this AMG Line variant – similar to the OrangeArt Edition versions of the GLE Coupé and first-generation CLA. There are also marmalade touches to the interior, including the stitching and the “Edition” stripe on the dashboard decor.

    Speaking of which, the dash has been lifted almost wholesale from the A-Class, complete with the large flatscreen display panel, horizontal design and turbine-style air vents. Overall, the dimensions have reportedly grown by 48 mm in length and 53 mm in width, but with a two millimetre reduction in height – these adjustments should provide increased legroom, especially at the rear.

    The CLA will introduce an upgraded version of the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) infotainment system that debuted at last year’s show, incorporating features borrowed from the new GLE. These include a gesture control system called Interior Assistant that activates a range of functions, such as turning on the map light when the driver moves over to grab an item on the passenger’s seat.

    The car that will be on display at the ongoing Consumer Electronics Show (CES) will apparently be the CLA 250, which will likely utilise the A 250’s in-house M260 2.0 litre turbo four-cylinder petrol engine making 224 hp at 5,500 rpm and 350 Nm between 1,800 to 4,000 rpm.

    Other engines in the lineup should also be borrowed from the A-Class, including a Renault-derived M282 1.33 litre petrol and a 1.5 litre diesel. There will also likely be up to three high-performance AMG versions, such as a 306 hp CLA 35 and a CLA 45 offered in either base 387 hp trim or a pumped-up 421 hp S variant.

     
     
  • Samsung showcases its Digital Cockpit at CES 2019

    Samsung and its American subsidiary Harman have revealed the next iteration of their Digital Cockpit platform for vehicles at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The platform offers a suite of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions that leverages on Samsung’s available technologies that cover connectivity, safety and convenience features.

    With the Digital Cockpit, Samsung is capable of providing a seamless link between a customer’s connected devices – either on-person or at home – with their vehicles. This expands the connected ecosystem that the company is striving to create, which supposedly makes daily interactions with technology simpler.

    In terms of hardware, the 2019 version retains the three core displays catered to the driver. The first is the Cluster Display that shows crucial driving information such as the vehicle speed and tachometer, but can also be modified to display more functions such as navigation, telephony, media and others.

    Just beside the Cluster Display is the Centre Information Display, which acts as the hub for many Samsung’s Bixby and SmartThings services. The former, if you’ve ever used a recent Galaxy device, is the company’s AI-based virtual assistant, while the latter is the main hub for smart devices.

    Using these services should be familiar to those who regularly give commands to their phone, allowing you to start the car remotely, adjust pre-entry climate, turning off and on a light at home, or even look at what’s in your Samsung smart fridge.

    The system will also provide access to more conventional features such as navigation and media options, with functions such as air-conditioning and sound volume being pushed to the lower Control Display.

    Sandwiched between the two are two contextual knobs that are powered by the circular UX from the Galaxy Watch. Depending on the requirement at the time, be it vehicie drive modes or the temperature, the display within the knob display the necessary information. Aside from the two knobs at the front, there are also two additional ones for rear passengers.

    Beyond the three main displays, the latest Digital Cockpit adds on an independent display for the front passenger, while there are two more at the rear, one for each passenger.

    Each display allows for individual media consumption, and with the In-vehicle Samsung DeX and appropriate smartphone, you’ll even be able to get some work done on the move without the need for a laptop.

    Samsung’s latest showcase isn’t just focused on providing a convenient experience, as safety is also an important aspect. The platform continues to come with the Mirror Replacement Vision System, with the two displays now positioned in areas where drivers habitually look when changing lanes.

    There’s also a Front Facing Camera system that scans the environment ahead of the vehicle to identify vehicles, pedestrians, lanes and traffic signs, warning the driver of any hazards before they act on the Cluster Display.

    Another safety feature is the Driver Monitoring System that uses onboard cameras to detect the condition of the driver, sending a warning sound if it detects drowsiness or distracted driving.

    Lastly, Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (C-V2X) with on the latest 5G standard allow for even faster transmition of data, allowing for safer forms of autonomous transportation or up-to-date information being delivered to the driver.

     
     
  • Nissan to showcase Invisible-to-Visible tech at CES 2019 – see through buildings, weather projection

    Nissan will be heading into the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2019) in Las Vegas with its Invisible-to-Visible technology, or I2V which will help drivers ‘see the invisible’, says the company. It plans to do so by merging the real and virtual worlds, thereby creating the ultimate connected-car experience.

    Invisible-to-Visible technology works to support drivers by combining information from sensors inside and outside the vehicle, with data from the cloud. This enables the system to not just observe the vehicle’s surroundings but also to anticipate what’s coming, even to show what may be around the corner of a building, or seeing the invisible, so to speak.

    Nissan Research Centre leader Tetsuro Ueda said “by helping you see the invisible, I2V enhances your confidence and makes driving more enjoyable.” The interactive features can be tailored to one’s interests and driving style, he adds.

    Don’t like the weather of the moment? Nissan’s I2V technology can project the scenery of a sunny day into the cabin, should the actual surroundings be rather more gloomy. On a more useful front, I2V can search within its Metaverse when touring a new location, for a knowledgeable guide who can communicate with the occupants of the vehicle.

    This information that is gathered can be collected and stored in the cloud, in order for it to be accessed by others who will be visiting the same area. This data can also be used by the onboard artificial intelligence system for a more efficient drive through local areas, Nissan says.

    The technology can also provide information from Omni-Sensing as an overlay in the driver’s field of view during hands-on driving, which helps the driver assess situations and prepare for poor visibility, oncoming traffic or adverse road surfaces. Drivers can also book a professional driver from the Metaverse via I2V, who will appear as an avatar within the vehicle, or as a projected vehicle to show the best way to drive.

    Assistance from I2V also comes in the form of information regarding traffic congestion and estimated travel time – much like what’s currently available on mobile apps, along with alternative route suggestions, down to the best-moving lane in heavy traffic by using real-time local data mapping by Omni-Sensing.

    A handy set of abilities, given the increasingly congested environments most drivers find themselves in; I2V can also access Nissan’s Seamless Autonomous Mobility (SAM) technology suite to can for parking spaces and help park the vehicle in difficult situations.

     
     
  • Toyota Research Institute reveals P4 autonomous driving prototype for CES – based on Lexus LS

    Toyota Research Institute (TRI), Toyota’s artificial intelligence division, is returning to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this year with a new autonomous driving prototype. The P4, based on the latest Lexus LS 500h, will again be used to develop the company’s Guardian and Chauffeur systems, which provide partial driving assistance and full autonomy respectively, when it joins the fleet in the spring.

    “Our Chauffeur development is focused on full autonomy, where the human is essentially removed from the driving equation, either completely in all environments, or within a restricted driving domain,” said TRI senior vice president of automated driving Ryan Eustice. “Guardian, on the other hand, is being designed to amplify human performance behind the wheel, not replace it.”

    The P4 utilises the Lexus’ latest chassis and steering control technology, which is claimed to offer greater agility and smoother, more responsive manoeuvres during autonomous driving. Compared to the previous Platform 3.0, the P4 gets two additional cameras along the side that improve its situational awareness, along with a new imaging sensor at the front and rear designed specifically for autonomous vehicles.

    These sensors feature new chip technology to provide a high dynamic range, while the radar system has been optimised to improve the field of view, particularly for close-range detection around the vehicle perimeter. The eight scanning LIDAR heads, meanwhile, have been carried over from its predecessor.

    Increased computing power on board the P4 allow it to operate a greater number of machine learning algorithms in parallel for faster learning, and it can also process sensor inputs faster and react more quickly to the surrounding environment. The whole computing system now draws all of its power from the LS’s hybrid battery instead of the 12-volt battery, which now serves only as a backup.

    In the boot of the car sits the brains of the autonomous driving system, the compute box, which has been redesigned for the P4. It is now placed vertically behind the rear seats to free up the entire boot floor to carry items, and the system can be folded down to access the circuitry.

    The housings of the various componentry was once again handled by Toyota’s American design studio, Calty Design Research. “We took a holistic approach to integrating autonomous componentry into the design of the new LS,” said Calty senior lead designer Scott Roller. “The result is a fluid surface embracing advanced technology loosely inspired by science fiction in the graphic separations between form and function.”

     
     
  • C118 Mercedes-Benz CLA: new teaser shows LED DRL

    This is certainly a very slow way to reveal a car. Mercedes-Benz is ringing in the new year with the new C118 CLA at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next week, but beforehand it’s rounding out the year with a new teaser of the next-generation compact four-door coupé.

    Okay, “new” may be overselling it – this is the exact same image as the first teaser shown earlier this month, only with the addition of the arrow-shaped LED daytime running lights at the front. These DRLs are part of headlights that are shapelier than the tapered items on the W177 A-Class the car is based on, according to spyshots of lightly camouflaged prototypes we’ve seen before.

    Those spyshots also show a simpler, more refined design inspired by the latest C257 CLS, incorporating a trapezoidal grille, door mirrors on the door cards (instead of on the base of the A-pillar as on the outgoing model), slimmer tail lights, a bumper-mounted rear number plate recess and the deletion of the current car’s prominent shoulder line. The signature low-slung roofline and frameless windows remain, of course.

    Mercedes claims that the new CLA will come with a revised version of the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) interface. The system, which first debuted at last year’s show before being fitted to the A-Class, is said to incorporate new functions such as the MBUX Interior Assistant gesture control feature first seen on the new GLE SUV.

    Built on the new Modular Front Architecture (MFA2) platform, the CLA is expected to get the full range of new engines from the A-Class, which include the Renault-derived M282 1.33 litre turbo four-cylinder petrol and Mercedes’ own 2.0 litre unit, plus a 1.5 litre diesel. There will also likely be two high-performance AMG versions, including a 306 hp CLA 35 and a CLA 45 with upwards of 400 hp.

    GALLERY: C118 Mercedes-Benz CLA spyshots


    GALLERY: C118 Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 spyshots
    GALLERY: C118 Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 spyshots

     
     
  • Kia to showcase AI-based emotion recognition tech

    Kia will preview a range of new technologies developed for the post-autonomous driving era at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) next month via its interactive ‘Space of Emotive Driving’ exhibit. According to the automaker, this is primarily to improve the human mobility experience when autonomous driving becomes the norm.

    Central to this concept is Kia’s new Real-time Emotion Adaptive Driving (R.E.A.D.) System – a world’s first technology developed based on a joint research collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab’s Affective Computing group.

    R.E.A.D. System is able to optimise and personalise a vehicle cabin space by analysing a driver’s emotional state in real-time through artificial intelligence-based bio-signal recognition technology. It monitors a driver’s emotional state and tailors the interior environment according to its assessment, potentially altering conditions relating to the human senses within the cabin, therefore creating a more joyful mobility experience.

    Company president and head of R&D, Albert Biermann said “we have developed R.E.A.D. System to create an interactive future mobility in-cabin space by converging cutting edge vehicle control technology and AI-based emotional intelligence. Consequently, R.E.A.D. System will enable continuous communication between drivers and vehicles through the unspoken language of ‘emotional feeling’, thereby providing an optimised human senses-oriented space for drivers in real-time.”

    At CES, Kia’s exhibit will also feature several other advanced in-car and mobility technologies focused on the brand’s ‘emotive driving’ concept, with more details set to be announced in the build-up to the 2019 event. For a more enhanced experience, Kia will operate a 15-minute ‘Docent Tours’ at regular intervals at the booth, which will give visitors a more in-depth understanding of the new technologies on display.

     
     
  • Nissan to debut long-range Leaf E-Plus at CES 2019?

    Nissan is set to take part in the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show (CES) next month in Las Vegas, and the automaker aims to focus on Nissan Intelligent Mobility, which includes a showcase of its connected system, a fully integrated electric vehicle ecosystem, and several car debuts.

    More importantly, Nissan seems to be teasing the arrival of the much anticipated longer-range Leaf, reportedly fitted with a larger 60 kWh battery pack, up from the existing 40 kWh. According to leaked information revealed by electrek, the bigger battery pack will improve the driving range considerably, up from the current 150 miles (241 km) to 225 miles (362 km).

    A new 160 kW electric motor and 11 to 22 kW onboard charger are also tipped to make their way into the Leaf, and the new battery pack, which is reportedly equipped with thermal management system, will be supplied by LG Chem instead of AESC (Nissan’s battery cell subsidiary company). More importantly, all those changes could enable a new DC fast-charging rate of about 100 kW, up from the current 50 kW.

    With that, performance is also said to improve – the Leaf E-Plus can supposedly sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 6.5 seconds, which is a full two seconds quicker than the standard Leaf.

    Besides the long-range Leaf, Nissan will also debut its all-new, twin electric motor, all-wheel drive Nissan Leaf Nismo RC racing machine and the IMx Kuro concept crossover electric vehicle.

    Back at home, the second-generation Leaf had just made its debut at the Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show, and it’s set to go on sale in mid-2019. In order to qualify for incentives under the current Energy Efficient Vehicle (EEV) scheme, the Leaf would have to be locally assembled.

     
     
  • C118 Mercedes-Benz CLA to debut at CES 2019, Jan 8

    The Detroit Auto Show may be the first major motor show of 2019, but Mercedes-Benz isn’t waiting that long to debut its new CLA, preferring to unveil it a week earlier at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas on January 8. The four-door coupé, codenamed C118, will be the fourth model in Stuttgart’s renewed compact car range, after the W177 A-Class hatchback and V177 sedan and the W247 B-Class MPV.

    As with usual teasers, there’s little that can be gleaned from the sole photo provided, save for the trademark swooping, low-slung roofline. There’s also a hint of a CLS-inspired rear end, which recent spyshots have shown to feature similar trapezoidal tail lights as its larger sibling. The cleaner side surfacing, dispensing with the outgoing model’s pronounced shoulder line, is just about visible as well.

    Mercedes also claims that the new CLA will come with a revised version of the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) interface. The system, which first debuted at last year’s show before being fitted to the A-Class, is said to incorporate new functions such as the MBUX Interior Assistant gesture control feature first seen on the new GLE SUV.

    Built on the new Modular Front Architecture (MFA2) platform, the CLA is expected to get the full range of new engines from the A-Class, which include the Renault-derived M282 1.33 litre turbo four-cylinder petrol and Mercedes’ own 2.0 litre unit, plus a 1.5 litre diesel. There will also likely be two high-performance AMG versions, including a 306 hp CLA 35 and a CLA 45 with upwards of 400 hp.

    GALLERY: C118 Mercedes-Benz CLA spyshots

     
     
 

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