Apparently, there is nothing more exciting than a small car with the comfort of bigger ones. Finally, after studying the heap of pros and cons, Mercedes-Benz India has brought its cheapest sedan called CLA for a price of Rs 31.5 lakh. Prior to it, it was the CLA45 AMG – the performance version of CLA – launched in India with beefed up cosmetic as well as technicalities.
Appealed by its compact nature, the CLA is a stylish offering in its class against the Audi A3.
Hence, the doors are frameless and it is designed to appear more like a coupe rather than that of a compact sedan. However, diamond starred front grille and aerodynamic body makes it to stand out from the crowd. To keep it a bit personal, 0.25 drag co-efficient only can reeled from the aerodynamics.
Well, the bonnet keenly hides a 2.2-litre diesel and 2.0-litre turbo petrol. Technically, the car drives on front-wheel MFA architecture, which theoretically makes it unstable for drifting.
In the guise of petrol rated as CLA 200, it produces 181bhp of max power at 5500rpm and 300Nm of peak torque between 1200 and 1400rpm. The acceleration from 0-100 km/h is reached within 7.8 seconds and an attainable top-speed of 235 km/h is stated in its official press release. Mercedes claims fuel-efficiency of 15.04 km/l (as per ARAI) for this variant.
On the diesel side with CLA 200, the entry-level Mercedes sedan in India eagerly relishes the max power of 134bhp between 3600 and 4400rpm and 300Nm of peak torque between 1600 and 3000rpm. This model gushes from 0-100 km/h in 9.8 seconds and claims a top-speed of 220 km/h, constituted to deliver the fuel-economy at a rate of 17.9 km/l (as per ARAI).
Both of fuel-types comes mated to a to a 7-speed dual-clutch (DCT) automatic gearbox with the traction being sent to front wheels only.
Feature list continued the explanation with those 6-airbags, ABS, EBD, ASR, 17-inch alloy wheels, panoramic roof, Bi-Xenon headlamps, reverse parking camera, Harman Kardon surround system with 12-speakers and a COMAND infotainment system.
So, those young aspirers looking out for a Merc at an early age can surely look forward to CLA which assures a statement at every arrival. Phrase like ‘see it to believe it’, perfectly fits this youngest yet cheapest Benz sedan in India.
Three trims are offered for CLA, which are mentioned below with their prices as per ex-showroom Delhi.
CLA 200 CDI (Diesel) Style – Rs 31.5 lakh
CLA 200 CDI (Diesel) Sport – Rs 35.9 lakh
CLA 200 (Petrol) Sport – Rs 35.0 lakh