Report – Mercedes India to assemble GLA and CLA Class
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Both cars are based on the MFA platform.
Mercedes-Benz India is gearing up to launch the GLA entry-level crossover on September 30. Following the GLA, the company has confirmed the launch of its entry-level CLA sedan by early next year. A report on Autocar Professional states that both these models will be assembled at the company’s Chakan plant in Pune, Maharashtra. The plant is currently undergoing capacity expansion.
The CLA and GLA are based on the company’s front-wheel drive MFA platform, which also underpins the A Class and B Class hatchbacks. Where the GLA gets an off-roader look with an increased ground clearance, body cladding, roof rails and skid guards, the CLA gets a coupe-like silhouette with frameless doors.
While the CLA and GLA would be assembled in India, the A and B Class cars will be imported into the country via the CBU route for now.
Mercedes GLA Competitors: Audi Q3, BMW X1, Volvo V40 Cross Country
Mercedes GLA Expected Price: INR 27 – 32 lakhs, ex-Showroom
Mercedes GLA Launch date: September 30, 2014
Mercedes CLA Competitors: Audi A3 Sedan
Mercedes CLA Expected Price: INR 25 – 30 lakhs, ex-Showroom
Mercedes CLA Launch date: January 2015
Mercedes GLA – Image Gallery
Mercedes CLA – Image Gallery
[Source – Autocar Professional]