Mercedes-Benz has released a shadowy teaser image of the upcoming second-generation CLA, confirming the new model will make its global debut at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in the second week of January 2019.

Of course, the Stuttgart-based firm has already revealed its A-Class Sedan, but the new CLA is expected to slot in above this model, setting itself apart with a sleeker design (particularly in terms of its roofline) and a higher price, too.

The Daimler-backed brand has yet to reveal what sort of engines will power the new CLA, although it seems likely the powerplant range will draw on that of the A-Class hatch and sedan. For the record, the latter can be fitted with a 1,5-litre turbodiesel (in the A180d), a 1,3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol unit (in the A200) and a 2,0-litre turbopetrol (in the A250).

Of course, it’s all but certain that Mercedes-AMG will get its hands on the latest CLA, with a CLA35 and a CLA45 on the cards.

So, why choose to unveil the new model at a tech event such as CES? Well, the upcoming CLA is expected to feature the latest version of the brand’s MBUX infotainment system, complete with "new functions" the automaker is keen to show off...

Mercedes-Benz promises the new CLA will be "the most emotional vehicle of its class" as well as "a highly intelligent automotive specimen".