The young winners whose success stories started at the earliest and are queer to buy their first Mercedes, this January will give an expansion to their dreams. The CLS that is aimed for young buyer will shortly make debut in India on January 22, 2015.
The launch of CLA will commence altogether a new segment in the market, and would be effective even for being a toned down version of the expensive CLS-Class.
Earlier this year, the German automaker has launched the performance version dubbed as CLA 45 AMG of the CLA sedan for a price of Rs 68.5 lakh ex-showroom Delhi. But the CLA sedan will be attainable by a comparatively larger audience, and may eat up some of the sales of A- and B-Class due to the pricing. In addition, some of the blows can also be felt by C-Class as it will sit below it and would rival the Audi A3.
Pinning underneath will be the Mercedes-Benz’s MFA platform using the front-wheel drive layout which all the siblings like A-Class, B-Class, GLA-Class and even the CLA 45 AMG uses.
On the cosmetic front, it long nose, steep roofline for a coupe like structure making way for a stubbed boot space, appeals it pose energetic and young than the rest of models available in this price band.
The bonnet will hide the options of petrol and diesel engines both. The gasoline machine is meant to come powered by 2.0-litre turbo-petrol of 181bhp and 300Nm of torque. The diesel trim on other side is going to see the daylight with a 2.2-litre engine producing 135bhp and 300Nm of torque. All of them will get married to a 7-speed dual clutch automatic gearbox sending all the traction to the front wheels.
Initially, this model will be imported as CBU (completely built-up) units from the other market but sooner it is bound to be produced locally at the Mercedes-Benz Indian manufacturing facility at Pune, Maharashtra.
Hence, the pricing will go as far as between Rs 27-32 lakh ex-showroom Delhi.