Mercedes-Benz India has started the advance bookings for its CLA Class sedan, which would be launched on January 22, 2015 in the country. The compact luxury sedan can now be booked at any company dealership at a token amount of Rs. 2 Lakhs, at least. Mercedes-Benz CLA Class would be launched in both petrol as well as diesel trims. It would locally assembled at the company's Chakan plant in Pune to keep the costs in check and emerge as a fierce competitor to the Audi A3 sedan. The petrol variant is christened as CLA 200, while the diesel one is named as CLA 200 CDI.
Unlike several other cost-effective Mercedes-Benz cars such as A Class, B Class and GLA Class, it won't be brought as a CBU, instead it would be manufactured at the company's Chakan production facility. Inside the cabin, it would feature a Harman sound system with 12 speakers for high-end entertainment and music. It would also flaunt Bi-Xenon headlamps and panoramic sunroof as standard features across the entire portfolio. As for the safety of the occupants, it would boast contemporary safety features like 6-airbags, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Anti Slip Regulation (ASR). It would be placed below the C-Class saloon in the company's lineup.
Talking about the engine and transmission, the petrol variant would be powered by a 2.0L, 4-cylinder, turbocharged engine. It would produce a maximum power output of 181 bhp at 5500rpm and peak torque performance of 300Nm at 1200-1400 rpm. It would be coupled with a 7-speed dual-clutch auto transmission, which would propel the sedan to touch the 100kmph mark from standstill in just 7.8 seconds, with an electronically limited top speed of 235kmph. On the other hand, the diesel variant would in-house a 2.2L, 4-cylinder diesel engine which is good enough for a top power of 134 bhp at 3600-4400rpm and peak torque of 300Nm at 1600-3000rpm. It is also paired with the same 7-speed dual-clutch auto transmission and crosses the 100kmph barrier from rest in mere 9.8 seconds with an electronically limited top speed of 220kmph. Apart from the brisk acceleration and impeccable performance, the petrol and diesel variants would have a fuel economy of 15.04 kmpl and 17.9 kmpl, (ARAI Specified), respectively.