Mercedes-Benz is all set to launch the CLA-class compact luxury sedan in India on the 22nd of this month and we have just had a first drive. The CLA would be rivaling the Audi A3 sedan in India and would be placed below the C-Class plus more importantly it would be the most affordable Mercedes saloon in India. Below are various images of the car covering every detail.
Dimensions of the CLA easily convey the sporty intent and it looks more like a four door coupe rather than a sedan with its stunning design.
Front-end remesembles the A-Class with the large diamond grille and the big headlamps with LEDs having the "flare effect".
Note- gorgeous 17 inch alloys.
Side view is where you see the coupe like roofline and prominent lines running all over the side. This is a car that attracts a lot of attention. Also India spec cars get increased height.
The curvy rear-end gives a low, wide look at the back dominated by large tail- lamps
Interior similar to the A-Class and is dripping with quality materials.
Equipment levels are impressive with features like panoramic sunroof (which shuts down when it senses rain), SD card based navigation, 12 speaker Harman Kardon Audio system, reverse camera etc. The latest telematics gen 5 infotainment system is offered in the CLA. Another cool feature is that you can access Internet via Bluetooth and yes, you can use it only when the car is stationary.
Boot space is 470 litres.
CLA has a longer wheelbase than its closest rival (2699 mm) and offers decent space at the back (more than what the picture suggests).
CLA to be offered with a 135 bhp diesel with 17.9 kmpl mileage. Also a diesel CLA with full tank will do 895 km. The petrol CLA has a 181 bhp engine delivering a mileage of 15.04 kmpl. A seven-speed dual clutch automatic gearbox is standard plus the CLA unlike its AMG version will be FWD.
New Mercedes-Benz CLA will come with two trim levels namely Sport and Style plus pricing wise it would interesting to see how Mercedes positions it but with the new C-Class positioned higher up now there room between the A and C-Classes.
Photography- Somnath Chatterjee