The CLA from Mercedes-Benz has been the company’s one of the best-selling models in the Indian market. This is largely due to the fact that the CLA was the most affordable model in the Mercedes-Benz India product portfolio, acting as a stepping stone for potential consumers into the world of Mercedes-Benz.
In comparison to the bigger C-Class, the entry-level CLA was a smaller sedan with an emphasis on sportiness rather than comfort. This meant that it was not particularly the sedan that can fit a whole family in comfort and their luggage for a weekend trip. Another downside to the CLA was its sharply flowing roofline, which while it looked sporty, ate into the headroom at the rear.
Despite that, there were many people who bought the Mercedes-Benz CLA, thereby, making it one of the highest-selling models from the brand in India. This is, however, all set to change with the introduction of the A-Class Limousine, which is all set to replace the CLA as the brand’s most affordable offering in the Indian market.
Where the CLA was a sportier model, the A-Class Limousine would be a proper three-box sedan with an emphasis on space and practicality. It will also bring in some new-age technological wizardry to this segment, which the CLA lacked since it was an old model. So, before the A-Class Limousine hits the Indian market, here’s your last look at the CLA. Read on.
As mentioned a few times above, the CLA is a sportier sedan with a flowing roofline at the back. The sloping roofline, I must say, is spot on. From the front, the first things you’ll see are the new and revised LED headlamps in the shape of a leaf and a mildly reprofiled front bumper, which now comes with a chrome finish on the lower half. Overall, it looks damn striking, despite the fact that now it’s an older and soon-to-be-replaced model.
As far as its dimensions are concerned, the sporty sedan from the luxury carmaker is 4,640mm in length, 1,777mm in width, and 1,432mm in height. The standard 16-inch wheels are separated by a wheelbase of 2,699mm. Other than that, it has a rather nice fuel tank capacity of 56-litres and a kerb weight of 1,570kg.
On the powertrain front, the BS-IV version of the Mercedes-Benz CLA came powered with either a petrol or a diesel engine. Starting with the diesel engine, it’s the company’s familiar 2.2-litre unit, which is capable of churning out 134bhp and 300Nm of torque. Moreover, it was paired to a 7-speed automatic gearbox as standard. As for the gasoline engine, it was the brand’s 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol unit, capable of producing 181bhp and 300Nm of torque. It, too, came mated to a 7-speed automatic gearbox as standard.
Since the CLA was last available as a BS-IV approved vehicle, the efficiency numbers could vary in comparison to the upcoming A-Class Limousine’s BS-VI engines. For those who’d still like to know, the CLA, paired with the diesel engine, was capable of returning 17.9km/l. With the petrol engine, moreover, the sedan was rated to deliver 15.04km/l.
Automatic headlamps, a panoramic sunroof, rear camera, navigation and a Harman-Kardon music system, an 8.0 touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, USB, Aux and Bluetooth, and cruise control were a part of the CLA’s equipment list.
The CLA, as of mid-2020, comes in six shades, namely,Polar White, Jupiter Red, Cavansite Blue, Polar Silver, Mountain Grey, and Cosmos Black.
All the details regarding the Mercedes-Benz CLA, namely, the engine, specifications, variant wise equipment, colours, dimensions, interiors, and exterior details are extensively covered in the brochure.
Variants and Prices
As of mid-2020, the Mercedes-Benz CLAis available in three variants, either in the diesel-automatic configuration or in the petrol-automatic configuration. The prices start at Rs. 31.72 lakhs for the 200 CDI Style variant going all the way up to Rs. 36.99 lakhs for the 200 CDI Sport variant (both prices ex-showroom, Delhi). Also, grab the latest info on the new cars, only at autoX.