2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA – Detailed Launch Report And Review[India]
Mercedes-Benz India has launched the much awaited CLA class compact luxury sedan in the country , at prices starting from Rs 31.5 Lakhs(ex-showroom,Delhi). Based on the same MFA platform,the new CLA does share many similarities with cars like the A-class, B-class and the GLA class,however there are definite style cues that sets them apart as well.The 2015 CLA is the Stuttgart based manufacturer’s most affordable sedan in India ,and a high performance AMG version of the car is already on sale in the country [Read : Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG].
The car is available in two engine options and 3 trims :
- CDI200 style
- CLA CDI200 Sport
- CLA 200 Sport (petrol)
2015 MERCEDES-BENZ CLA|DESIGN
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA is absolutely gorgeous to look at . It has a special aura , that none of the other MFA cars seem to have, truly the platform has been best expressed in this car.The front fascia is A-class inspired , with aggressive detailing and a large 302 pin diamond grille, finished in black.A huge 3-pointed star has been provided, dead center.The aggressive design is further reflected in the hood , which sports two sculpted lines which runs through its length.
The sculpted lines are also carried on to the sides of the car , where two muscular lines converge in to each other . The profile is coupe inspired, and gets a beautiful frameless window setup.The sharp prolific roof line , abruptly disappears as we move on to the rear , instilling an appearance of constant motion. 17-inch AMG inspired 5 spoke alloy wheels are proivded.(16-inch ones in base variant)
The rear gets elaborate petal shaped LED tail lamps, which seem to emanate from the tapering boot.The rear bumper gets black plastic inserts(not for base variant)and the dual, chrome exhausts add a touch of sportiness to the back end.
Overall , in terms of design the new CLA delivers in almost every aspect.If looks are what you crave for , then look no further.
Colour options available :
2015 MERCEDES-BENZ CLA-DIMENSIONS
2015 MERCEDES-BENZ CLA|INTERIOR
Mercedes-Benz is offering the interior in either Black or beige trims, and is greatly derived from the A-class. The dashboard gets silver inserts as seen on the GLA class , and turbine shaped air-con vents have been retained.At 2699 mm , wheelbase is 62mm longer than the Audi A3 and hence provide better leg room.Further the front seats are designed in a curved manner ,increasing the leg room for rear passengers even more.Though the AC is powerful , no rear vents have been provided.
The steering wheels have been updated with new and smoother control buttons. The rear seat gets proper arm rest, and is spacious considering the coupe-inspired deign.But passenger visibility could pose a problem. However , the huge panoramic sunroof should more than make up for the lose of external lighting.
Boot is adequate providing 470 liter capacity. The rear seats can be folded in 60:40 ratio freeing up even more space.
Some of the equipments provided include*:
- 5th generation telematics infotainment system
12 speaker Harman Kardon Logic 7 surround sound system
- Bluetooth, CD and USB connectivity ( with 2 USB ports)
- Navigation(needs Garmin SD Card)
- panoramic sliding sun roof
- reverse camera
- Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
- ATTENTION ASSIST
- Electronic Stability Program , with skid control
2015 MERCEDES-BENZ CLA|ENGINE&PERFORMANCE
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA is available in both petrol and diesel engine options.The petrol variant will be powered by a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged mill, capable of producing 181 BHP of power at 5500 RPM ,and 300 Nm of torque between 1200-1400 RPM. A 2.2-litre diesel engine will do its duty on the latter variant, producing 134 BHP of maximum power (between 3600-4400 RPM) and 300 Nm of torque( between 1600-3000 RPM). A 7-speed Dual-Clutch automatic gearbox will be doing the transmission duties in the new CLA , and comes with 3 drive modes – E (Economy), S (Sport) and M (Manual).
2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA Performance & Mileage figures
|Top Speed (Kmph)||235||220|
Surely the 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA is one of the better looking cars in the segment and does hold a lot of of promise.At prices starting from 31 lakhs, it is not quite as competitively positioned with chief competitors like the Audi A3. However with localisation of assembly by later this year , the car will hopefully see a significant reduction in its prices.