Picture caption: Eberhard Kern, Managing Director & CEO,
Mercedes-Benz India at the launch of the new CLA-Class in New Delhi.
After much teasing and promising from
Mercedes-Benz India, the CLA-Class at last arrives in India. Mercedes
optimistically have priced it starting from Rs.31.50 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).The CLA-Class will be
introduced in three variants: CLA 200 CDI Style priced at Rs.31.50 lakh, CLA
200 Sport priced at Rs. 35 lakh and CLA 200 CDI Sport priced at Rs. 35.90 lakh.
(All prices ex-showroom Delhi). The CLA-Class was launched by Eberhard Kern,
Managing Director & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India in New Delhi.
Kern commented, “With many
segment benchmarks, we are convinced that the CLA will firmly make its mark in
India. Its powerful design underscores the sporty side of the Mercedes-Benz
brand. The CLA remains true to Mercedes-Benz's core values by setting new
standards in aerodynamics and efficiency, yet carves out a niche with its
thrilling design and cutting-edge technology. The CLA-Class is stylish, sporty
and distinctive and one of the most beautifully designed products from the
Mercedes-Benz portfolio. The CLA-Class has been a global success winning new
customers for Mercedes-Benz and we aim to replicate this success in India.”
The baby sedan from Mercedes, the CLA first
showed up on our doorstep in July 2014 in its AMG lunatic form. Read our review here. Now it’s here in a standard
issue toned down version powered by two engines, both 2 litre-four cylinder, petrol
and a turbo charged diesel engines. The naturally aspirated petrol engine
produces 181bhp and 300Nm of torque. While the turbo charged diesel engine
produces 134bhp and the same 300Nm of torque just a little higher in the
rev-range but a fuel economy of 17.9kmpl. The CLA does 0-100 in just 7.8
seconds and maxes out at 235kmph. Both engines are mated to a 7-speed automatic
transmission with options of Economy, Sport and Manual (with paddle shifters)
to choose from. The suspension in the CLA is specially designed for India for
improved comfort on Indian roads and a lifted ride height for better ground
clearance. And a long wheel base of 2699mm for added legroom.
To achieve the fuel economy from the
engine, the CLA has the lowest drag coefficient of any production car thanks to
the aerodynamic design and shape of the car giving it bold positive and
negative curves and lines around the car.
The interior is similar to what one would
find in a standard A-class or the GLA-class. Some of the highlight features
include a panoramic sunroof with rain sensors, an interior light and sight
package which give the interior subtle lighting in the door sills, in the foot
well, between the headrests of the front seats for example. The CLA is also
standard fitted with Mercedes’ New Generation Multimedia System along with the
Mercedes-Benz Radio App. For Navigation the Garmin Map PILOT comes in just a
simple SD card which you can plug in and is compatible with the inbuilt
infotainment system. In addition the car is equipped with a Harman Kardon Logic
7 surround sound system and a reversing camera as standard which is engaged
when reverse gear is selected by the driver.
In terms of safety, the CLA has a 5 star
rating from Euro NCAP. Fitted with ABS, BAS, ESP, ASR and Hill Start Assist
with six airbags and other restraint systems, it provides the best possible
protection, all fitments are standard. The CLA also has a robust body shell
structure with its rigid passenger cell also contributes to the high level of
safety. Ease of repair was also taken into account during the development of
the CLA. The body and detachable parts are designed for low susceptibility to
damage and low repair costs.
Assistance systems such as ATTENTION ASSIST
warn the driver when it detects signs of drowsiness in their steering behaviour
while STEER CONTROL can assist the driver with corrective steering action in
critical situations. Other systems like tyre pressure monitoring system are
present to warn the driver of a puncture or loss of tyre pressure.
The pricing of the CLA are as follows:
CLA 200 CDI Style
2.0 Litre Turbo Diesel
CLA 200 Sport
2.0 Litre Petrol
CLA 200 CDI Sport
prices are ex-showroom Delhi.
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