German luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz launched the updated CLA sedan in India for a starting price of Rs 31.40 lakh for or the CLA 200 Style diesel. The most affordable luxury sedan of the company in India is also available in CLA 200 Sport diesel at Rs 34.68 lakh and the CLA 200 Sport petrol at Rs 33.68 lakh, all prices ex-showroom, Mumbai.
Mercedes-Benz launched the CLA in India in 2014. The facelift comes after two years and it features mild styling upgrades on the exterior and interior. Notable changes on the exterior are diamond-effect radiator grille and tweaked front bumper with chrome inserts. The rear bumper has also updated with chrome inserts and headlamps are now full LED unit.
The interior is spruced up with 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system in place of the 7.0-inch unit in the outgoing model. The infotainment system is now compatible to Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as standard and it also offers Smartphone integration with Bluetooth. Other subtle changes on the inside are the restyled dials with red needles in the instrument cluster. The CLA also offers a reverse camera, six airbags, Attention Assist, tyre pressure monitoring system, ABD and ESP.
Mercedes-Benz has not touched the powertrain of the CLA. The sedan is available in petrol and diesel mills. The 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine develops 181bhp 300Nm of torque while the 2.2-litre turbocharged four cylinder diesel mill makes 134bhp of power and 300Nm of peak torque. Both engines are mated to a seven-speed gearbox. It also gets Mercedes Dynamic Select System with a choice of drive modes.
"Ever since its India debut, the CLA has witnessed an overwhelming response from young patrons across the country... It opened doors to many young customers, who prefer to arrive in style wherever they go. The CLA remains one of the best sellers in the new generation cars portfolio and underlines the compact sedan's unmatched popularity, especially amidst the younger generation," said Roland Folger, managing director and CEO of Mercedes-Benz India.