Mercedes-Benz India has launched the 2017 new CLA at an introductory price of Rs. 31.40 Lakhs (Ex. Showroom, Mumbai) in the country. The sedan is offered in three trims: CLA 200 d Style, CLA 200 d Sport and CLA 200 Sport. The CLA is the 12th product launch by the German luxury automaker in the Indian market in 2016. Needless to say, 2017 Mercedes Benz CLA comes with an array of sophisticated opulent features, while challenging the likes of Audi A3, Skoda Superb, Toyota Camry and yet-to-be-launched Volkswagen Passat.
Roland Folger, Managing Director and CEO, Mercedes-Benz Indiacommented, “Ever since its India debut,the CLA has witnessed an overwhelming response from young patrons across the country. The CLA is the epitome of dynamic design that seamlessly embodies an intelligent combination of functionality and agility in a modern coupé design. The stylish CLA has won several hearts and minds of customers thanks to its distinctive design based on Mercedes-Benz’s new design language and its sensational driving performance. It opened doors to many young customers, who prefer to arrive in style wherever they go. The CLA remains one of the best sellers in the New Generation Cars portfolio and underlines the compact sedan’s unmatched popularity, especially amidst the younger generation.” The CLA is now also available in Cavansite blue as well as other innovative finishes.
As for styling, the new sedan flaunts re-designed LED taillights and LED High Performance headlamps, while riding on 17-inch 5-Twin-Spoke Light-Alloy Wheels painted in tremolite grey and with a high-sheen finish. Inside the cabin, the 2017 CLA has electrically adjustable driver's seat with memory function as standard. Also, it has the best-in-segment wheelbase of 2699mm, which ensures ample legroom even for the rear seat occupants. It boasts of several high-end luxury feature such as free-standing 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, ECO start/stop function, Audio 20 CD including pre-installation for Garmin MAP PILOT, Two USB ports and one SD card slot in the centre armrest for external audio and video devices, Bluetooth interface, Voice Control etc. to name a few. As far as safety is concerned, the sedan has received the highest 5-star rating from Euro NCAP, owing to the exorbitant features like Reversing Camera, Six airbags, ATTENTION ASSIST, Tyre pressure monitoring system, ESP and ABS.
Mechanically, the 2017 new Mercedes Benz CLA is available in both petrol and diesel fuel trims. The gasoline variant CLA 200 Sport is powered by a 1991cc 4-cylinder engine which develops maximum power of 184bhp at 5500rpm and peak torque of 300Nm between 1200-4000rpm. The engine is linked to a 7G-DCT dual clutch automatic transmission with steering-wheel mounted gearshift paddles. It does a 0-100kmph sprint in just 7.1 seconds, while clocking a top speed of 240kmph. Coming to the diesel variants, they get their power from the 2.2L 4-cylinder engine. It generates top power of 136bhp between 3600-4000rpm and highest torque of 300Nm between 1400-3000rpm, while mated to a 7G-DCT dual clutch automatic transmission with paddle shifters. The sedan touches the 100kmph mark from standstill in mere 9 seconds, before topping out at 220kmph. For those asking, the 2017 CLA sedan also features DYNAMIC SELECT as standard, which allows the driver to select one of four transmission modes using the switch: ECO, Comfort, Sport and Individual. Below is the variant-wise price (Ex. Showroom, Mumbai) of 2017 Mercedes Benz CLA sedan:
2017 Mercedes Benz CLA 200 d Style - Rs. 31.40 Lakhs
2017 Mercedes Benz CLA 200 d Sport - Rs. 34.68 Lakhs
2017 Mercedes Benz CLA 200 Sport- Rs. 33.68 Lakhs