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Mercedes Benz India to launch A-class Limousine in 2020 in place of CLA

Mercedes Benz India to launch A-class Limousine in 2020 in place of CLA

Snapshot: It has been learnt that the Mercedes-Benz A-Class luxury Limousine will replace the popular CLA sedan which has already been discontinued in the country.

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  • Mercedes A-Class sedan christened as 'A-Class Limousine'
  • Mercedes A-Class to be assembled locally at Pune plant
  • Mercedes CLA discontinued due to cramped rear seat space

Mercedes-Benz has confirmed the launch of A-Class sedan in the Indian market. It has been learnt that it will fill in the shoes of CLA sedan which has already been discontinued in the country. Earlier, there were rumors that the German luxury automaker might launch the second-gen CLA sedan in India when it phased out the first-gen model but now it has been cleared that A-Class Limousine will take its place.

The company had been saying right from the start of last year that it will debut a new-gen entry-level sedan in India in 2020 but no one had guessed that it would be the A-Class sedan. The reason to phase out the CLA is the lack of space for the rear seat occupants as this segment is clearly a chauffeur-drive segment. Although, Mercedes tried to make amends by introducing the second-gen model of CLA with a spacious rear seat with ample headroom and legroom but still it lagged behind the A-Class sedan and hence, the decision to replace the CLA was taken.

Underpinning the next-gen MFA architecture, Mercedes-Benz A-Class sedan shares several elements with the second-gen GLA SUV which will also launch in the country in 2020. The steering wheel and MBUX touchscreen infotainment system are identical in both these models. It will be introduced in both petrol and diesel fuel trims while being retailed via CKD route with local manufacturing at Pune facility. The price is expected to range between Rs 32-40 Lakhs (Ex. Showroom). Meanwhile, Mercedes has already confirmed the launch of next-gen GLE SUV on January 28, 2020 in the Indian market.

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