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November 30, 2016: Mercedes-Benz has launched the CLA facelift at Rs 31.40 lakh (ex-showroom Mumbai). The new CLA features a new diamond grille, multi-beam LED headlamps with DRL. On the sides, the buyers would get the option of 18-inch alloys in five different designs, while the changes at the rear include revamped tail lamps hands-free boot opener. Inside, the CLA facelift features new dashboard trim, a range of seat fabrics, refreshed instrument cluster and new 8-inch COMAND touchscreen infotainment. While the car does get around 11 powertrain options globally, the India-spec CLA continues with its existing petrol and diesel engines. The petrol CLA 200 is powered by a 2.0-litre, inline 4-cylinder engine that makes 183PS and 300Nm, while the diesel CLA 220 d gets a 2.1-litre, inline 4-cylinder engine producing 136PS and 300Nm. Both engines come paired with a 7-speed automatic gearbox. Available in three trims, the CLA is tagged at Rs 31.40 lakh for CLA 200d, Rs 33.68 lakh for petrol CLA 200 and Rs 34.68 lakh for CLA200d Sport (All prices are ex-showroom Mumbai).
| 200 CDI Style
2143 cc, Automatic, Diesel, 17.9 kmpl
|Rs 31.61 Lakh*||
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| 200 CDI Sport
2143 cc, Automatic, Diesel, 17.9 kmpl
|Rs 35.9 Lakh*||
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| 200 CGI Sport
1991 cc, Automatic, Petrol, 15.04 kmpl
|Rs 33.68 Lakh*||
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| 45 AMG
1991 cc, Automatic, Petrol, 15.04 kmpl
|Rs 70.9 Lakh*||
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Designo Patagonia Red Metallic
Mountain Grey - AMG
Jupiter Red - AMG
Polar Silver Matelic - AMG
Northern Lights Violet Metallic
Designo Magno Polar Sliver
Cirrus White - AMG
|Variant||Mileage (City)||Mileage (Highway)|
|Diesel||13.9 kmpl||17.9 kmpl|
|Petrol||11.04 kmpl||15.04 kmpl|
Among several luxury car makers, this car manufacturer in India is highly acclaimed in the country, which has quite a few impeccable vehicles in its fleet. The company has luxuriously designed their vehicle and fitted with power packed engines, which is one of the most attractive aspects. Among several models, its Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class is the lavish sedan series. It is only a few months ago, when it had first launched its smallest AMG model in the Indian automobile market. Now, by underlining the growing popularity for this series in the country, it is available in both petrol and diesel engine options for the auto enthusiasts to select from. Its petrol versions are fitted with a powerful 2.0-litre motor, which comes with a displacement capacity of 1991cc. This turbocharged engine is capable of producing 181bhp along with a torque of 300Nm. While the diesel variant is equipped with a 2.1-litre mill and it can displace about 2143cc. it can churn out a peak power and torque outputs of 134.1bhp and 300Nm respectively. Both these engines are mated with a 7G-DCT automatic transmission gearbox. This dual clutch transmission combines the comfort of a 7-speed automatic transmission with the driving dynamics of a manual transmission. On the other hand, its AMG is equipped with the same 2.0-litre petrol engine, which is considered to be the world's most powerful engine of its class. It has the ability to churn out 360bhp of power and yields 450Nm of torque, which explains about its efficiency. The company claims that this AMG version can break the 100 Kmph speed mark from a standstill in just about 4.6 seconds, which is rather outstanding. This variant has an exclusive body kit in the form of sporty bumpers, radiator grille and a sturdy set of alloy wheels, which emphasizes its exclusivity. Its braking and suspension mechanism are quite proficient, which keeps it well balanced and stable at all times. It is also incorporated with an electronic stability control program and acceleration skid control function that enhances the agility of this vehicle by reduces the loss of traction. This saloon series has an exemplary aerodynamic body structure, which makes it look unique in comparison to the rest of this company's car models. To begin with its frontage, it has a smoked headlight cluster featuring bi-xenon projector headlamps and LED daytime running lights. However, the most attractive aspect of its frontage is its honeycomb radiator grille, which is skilfully fitted with a chrome plated company's logo. Its side profile is designed with well molded wheel arches, which are fitted with a classy set of alloy wheels. Apart from these, it also has exhaust system with two squared integrated tailpipes in stainless steel, auto foldable external rear view mirrors, a large windscreen and many other such aspects, which further enhances its majestic stance. Coming to the interiors, this saloon has an extremely spacious cabin that is good enough to provide comfortable seating to at least five occupants. The manufacturer has done up its interiors with an eye-soothing color scheme, which is complimented by a lot of chrome accents. The space inside this saloon is ample that can provide comfortable seating to five occupants, while offering huge space for luggage storage. There are number of features provided inside the cabin including an ECO Start/stop function, electrically adjustable seats with memory setting and an advanced 3-zone automatic climate control unit. One the other hand, it is blessed with an array of advanced comfort features, which gives the occupants a pleasurable driving experience. It is equipped with a fully automatic air conditioning system, reverse parking assistance with guidelines on central media display and a panoramic sliding sunroof. Its AMG version has a sophisticated COMAND Online multimedia system featuring a 7-inch touchscreen display and a DVD player. This trim is also blessed with an active parking assist function that automatically steers the vehicle into suitable spaces. The automaker has also blessed this model series with several refined aspects like an advanced PARKTRONIC parking assistance system including a 360 degree camera and an intelligent lighting system. As far as its safety features are concerned, this model series gets several sophisticated protective aspects like tyre pressure monitoring system, PRE-SAFE system and airbags. At present, this vehicle is competing with the likes of Audi A4, BMW 5 Series and Jaguar XJ in the Indian automobile market. . Like all the company's models, this saloon series also available with an attractive warranty of three years without any limitation to its mileage. Furthermore, with the help of 'Star Care Plus' program, the warranty can be extended to another year, which will help to enhance the resale value.
This model series has a compact body structure with expressive lines and trendy cosmetics all round, which gives it a captivating look on the roads. For alluring the car enthusiasts, the company has fitted it with a number of cosmetics and styling aspects. It has a resemblance of a coupe owing to its curved back door and concave C-pillars. Like mentioned above, the automaker is offering the panoramic sunroof as a standard feature for all the variants in this series. The most attractive aspect of this vehicle is its front facade. This facet is fitted with a signature diamond radiator grille that has a thick horizontally positioned louver. Furthermore, it is embedded with a chrome plated company's badge, which gives a radiant look to its frontage. Surrounding this is the large headlight cluster that is powered by trendy LED daytime running lamps and bi-xenon headlamps. Below this, there is a body colored bumper that is embodied with a pair of air ducts and a large air dam. It is also fitted with a protective lower cladding, which provides additional protection from minor damages. . Its large windscreen is made of laminated glass and integrated with a set of rain sensing wipers. Furthermore, the AMG version gets an exclusive radiator grille with perforated mesh and a single horizontally positioned louver with company's logo embedded on it. The company has given it a sleek and lustrous side profile and featuring a lot of character lines. Its beautifully carved wheel arches are equipped with a sturdy set of alloy wheels, wherein its AMG trim gets exclusive 10-spoke design rims. These wheels are further covered with high performance tubeless radial tyres that offers superior road grip. The wing mirror caps along with door handles are painted in body color, whereas the door sills and B pillars are treated in high gloss black. Its outside rear view mirrors are electrically foldable and comes with memory function as well. All the variants in this model series have been fitted with a set of lightweight alloy wheels, wherein the AMG version gets exclusively sculptured rim. Its AMG version also gets a brushed aluminum cladding fitted under body that adds to its contemporary looks. Its ORVM caps along with the door handles have been painted with body color, while its window sills are garnished in chrome. Furthermore, this model series also gets chrome plated waistline molding that further enhances its majestic stance. Its rear profile also has a stunning taillight cluster, which is powered by LED brake lights and turn indicators. The rear bumper has a muscular design and it is incorporated with a chrome plated exhaust pipes along with a black colored lower cladding. On the other hand, its AMG version gets a sports exhaust system that gives it a distinct look. The overall look of the rear is emphasized by the iconic company's logo, which is embossed on to the back door.
This luxury saloon is built with a total length of 4691mm and an overall width of 1777mm (excluding external mirrors). Its total height is just 1416mm, while the minimum ground clearance is just about 100mm. On the other hand, it is built with a wheelbase of about 2699mm, which is quite long.
The company has given this model series a spacious internal cabin, which is incorporated with a lot of sophisticated features. It has a splendid design, which is neatly done up with an eye soothing color scheme. The company has used high quality scratch resistant material for giving it an aristocratic finish inside. Both its entry level variants have open pore brown ash wood inserts on its dashboard and door panels. While other trims get high gloss black ash wood inlays that enhances the elegance of its interiors. The dashboard has a neatly sculptured design and it is embodied with signature chrome tipped AC vents. The cockpit is bestowed with a beautiful center fascia featuring advanced equipments like an AC unit, an infotainment system, and several illuminated control functions. Another signature aspect of the cabin is its three spoke steering wheel that is wrapped with premium ARTICO leather upholstery. At the same time, it is also mounted with multi-functional switches. On the other hand, its AMG version also gets this wheel with paddle shifters. This AMG version also gets a centrally mounted start-up screen on dashboard that supports navigation system while providing touch controls for audio unit. All the seats inside are quite luxurious, as they are ergonomically designed, which can provide excellent support all the way from thighs to head. Both its front seats are electrically adjustable wherein, its driver’s seats have three programmable memory setting. Its rear cabin is fitted with bench seat featuring 40:20:40 split folding facility that helps to improve the storage capacity. There are several utility based features provided inside the cabin like cup holders, storage units, inside rear view mirror, accessory power sockets, map pockets and many other such aspects. The instrument panel has a twin tube design featuring two analogue meters and a high resolution 4.5-inch TFT screen. The cockpit section of AMG version gets performance seats, which are electrically adjustable and have 4-way lumbar support as well. All the control switches are placed well within the reach of the driver, which makes it easy for the driver to access them.
The manufacturer is offering all the variants in this sedan series with several advanced features that certainly provide a fatigue free driving experience. It is blessed with a THERMOTRONIC automatic climate control system including dust and pollen filter, which regulates the air temperature inside and keeps the cabin pleasant. The cabin is incorporated with a power assisted steering column, which is adjustable for height and length that adds to the convenience. This model series is also incorporated with an advanced instrument cluster featuring a color display. It provides informatics like outside temperature, trip computer, fuel consumption, fuel gauge, distance traveled, vehicle speed, gearshift position, tachometer, driver’s seat belt warning and a few other notification lamps for keeping the driver updated. . In addition to these, it is blessed with an advanced Audio 20 CD multimedia system featuring a high resolution display. It has an integrated CD player that supports files like MP3, WMA and AAC. This music system can be operated conveniently with the help of switches located on the steering wheel and on central console. It also has six speakers, which enhances the ambiance of its cabin. Apart from these, it is bestowed with several standard features like panoramic sliding sun roof, ambient lighting system, a multi-functional steering wheel, electrically adjustable front seats and remote operation for opening and closing of doors. In addition to these, it also has electrically operated outside mirrors, keyless entry function and intermittent front wipers. It is blessed with a reversing camera that provides visual aid on central media display with dynamic guidelines. On the other hand, its AMG version gets an Active Parking Assist, push button ignition, electrically adjustable front seats including memory function and a sports multi-functional steering wheel with paddle shifters.
This sedan series has a spacious internal cabin, wherein its cockpit section has a total head room of 1006mm and a shoulder space of 1422mm. While its rear cabin has a decent head and shoulder room of 905mm and 1410mm respectively. This saloon has a huge 470 litre boot compartment that can be increased by folding its rear seat. It also has a massive fuel tank that can hold up to 56 litres of petrol or diesel in it, which is quite good for planning longer journeys.
Its AMG version, which is equipped with a powerful 2.0-litre petrol engine is mated with an advanced AMG Speedshift plus DCT 7-speed automatic transmission gearbox. It allows the vehicle to accelerate from 0 to 100 Kmph mark in just 4.6 seconds and it can reach an electronically limited top speed of 250 Kmph. However, its petrol and diesel variants can reach a top speed of 235 Kmph. Its diesel version can break the 100 Kmph mark in just 9.8 seconds, while the other petrol version can do it in just 7.8 seconds from a standstill.
As said above, this model series is available with both petrol and diesel engine options for the buyers to choose from. Its AMG version is equipped with 2.0-litre petrol engine, which is rated as the most powerful 4-cylinder mill ever built. It has a displacement capacity of 1991cc and is incorporated with a twin power turbocharger that helps in delivering a decent performance on the roads. This petrol mill has the ability to produce a peak power output of 335.4bhp at 6000rpm that results in a hammering torque of 450Nm in the range of 2250 to 5000rpm. The automaker has mated this power plant with a sophisticated seven speed DCT AMG Speedshift seven speed automatic transmission gearbox that is accompanied by AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive system. At the same time, other petrol variant with the same 2.0-litre engine can produce a maximum power of 181bhp at 5500rpm and yields a pounding torque output of 300Nm between 1200 to 4000rpm. On the other hand, its latest diesel variant is fitted with a 2.1-litre, which comes with a displacement capacity of 2143cc and integrated with a common rail direct fuel injection system. This power plant has the ability to pump out a power of 134.1bhp in combination with a commanding torque of 300Nm. Both these engines are mated with a seven speed automatic transmission gearbox, which distributes the engine power to its front wheels.
This luxury saloon is available with petrol and diesel engine options. Its 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine is incorporated with an electronically controlled fuel injection system, which helps it to produce a maximum mileage of approximately 17.2 Kmpl on the bigger roads. While it can produce about 13.5 Kmpl in the city traffic conditions. On the other hand, its diesel engine is integrated with a globally acclaimed common rail based direct fuel injection system. It can produce a mileage of about 21 Kmpl on the bigger roads and about 16 Kmpl within the city limits, which is rather good for this class.
Its four cylinder base diesel engine has the ability to pump out a maximum power of 134.1bhp in the range of 3600 to 4000rpm along with a peak torque of 300Nm at just 1600-3000rpm. On the other hand, its 2.0-litre petrol engine is available in two states-of-tune. This engine can produce a maximum power of 181bhp at 5500rpm and yields a pounding torque output of 300Nm between 1200 to 4000rpm. However, this 1991cc engine under the hood of AMG version can unleash a peak power of 335.4bhp at 6000rpm that results in a hammering torque of 450Nm in the range of 2250 to 5000rpm.
The newly introduced variants of this series are blessed with an advanced Audio 20 CD music system that is incorporated with a radio tuner. It also has a high resolution touchscreen display that supports navigation and provides control switches for audio system and AC unit. Furthermore, its top end Sport versions are integrated with a Harman Kardon Logic7 surround sound system featuring 12-loud speakers. On the other hand, its AMG version is also blessed with a COMAND Online multimedia system featuring a 7-inch TFT color display. It also has a DVD player and an integrated hard drive with 10GB storage capacity. In addition to these it also has AM/FM tuner, AUX-In socket and a USB port. It also supports Bluetooth for streaming of audio and call functions as well. At the same time, other variants have been equipped with a sophisticated COMAND Online system featuring 17.8 cm TFT high resolution color display. It is incorporated with a navigation system and supports Linguatronic voice control function. Apart from these all the trims in this series are already fitted with several styling aspects, but customers can further personalize its interiors and exteriors according to their choice. They can opt for styling features like body decals, ski-racks, spoilers, spoilers and side skirts. At the same time, they can also choose for premium leather upholstery and special floor mats for added elegance.
The company has blessed the model series with a set of internally vented disc brakes fitted to all four wheels, wherein its AMG variant gets exclusive brake calipers, which enhances its performance. It is also integrated with a sophisticated anti lock braking system that works with electronic brake force distribution and emergency brake assist system that helps to keep the vehicle agile on slippery roads. Its AMG version also gets a three-stage electronic stabilization program including curve dynamic assist, which helps the vehicle to be stable by improving the traction. The automaker has also incorporated a highly responsive steering system based on rack and pinion mechanism. It is also bestowed with a speed-dependent control that provides precise response and reduces the efforts required by the driver.
The automaker has incorporated several sophisticated safety aspects that provides unmatched protection to the occupants. This entire model series is blessed with an active parking assist with PARKTRONIC that gives excellent assistance to the driver, while maneuvering in tight corners. At the same time, its high end versions also have a 360 degree camera that minimizes the efforts required to park this sedan. It has an advanced security and locking function including programmable key with remote control opening and closing of windows. Apart from these, it has PRE-SAFE aspects including airbags, three point seatbelts with belt tensioner, electronic stability program with brake assist system, automatic closing of side windows and ABS with EBD. It also has a tyre pressure monitoring system, impact protection beams, bi-xenon headlamps, ATTENTION Assist function, adaptive brake with hill start assist, central locking system, neck-pro head restraints and anti-theft device. In addition to these, it also has NECK-PRO crash responsive head restraints for front seats along with ISOFIX child seat mountings.
Its AMG version is blessed with a sturdy set of 18-inch five-twin spoke alloy wheels as standard. At the same, buyers can opt for multi-spoke style alloy wheels with high-sheen Matte Black finish. While the mid range variants are blessed with a set of 17-inch lightweight alloy wheels. On the other hand, its base version is blessed with a set of 16-inch, 10-spoke design alloy wheels, which are covered with high performance radial tubeless tyres. The company has also given it a space saving spare wheel, which is affixed in the boot compartment with all other tools required for changing a flat tyre.
1. Performance and acceleration of AMG version is breathtaking.
2. Asserting external appearance with enchanting cosmetics.
3. Innovative comfort and safety features are its big plus point.
4. Interior space and seating arrangement is quite lavish.
5. Fuel economy of diesel version is rather good than its competitors.
1. Initial cost of ownership and spares are very expensive.
2. Command Online system is available in AMG variant only.
3. All variants can be bestowed with 4Matic AWD option.
4. Fuel efficiency of its petrol versions needs to improve.
5. Minimum ground clearance is very low.
|Variants||New Delhi||Bangalore||Mumbai||Chennai||Pune||Hyderabad||Kolkata||Find On Road Price in Your City|
|200 CDI Style |
|200 CDI Sport |
|200 CGI Sport |
|45 AMG |
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Mercedes-Benz is on an aggressive model update streak this year. After having introduced a petrol variant for practically every car they sell, the German auto major has turned its eyes towards its baby sedan - the CLA. The most affordable sedan in Mercedes' lineup gets an update today.
Continuing its aggressive marketing strategy, Mercedes-Benz is heading for yet another launch in India – of the facelifted CLA – on November 30.
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