Mercedes CLA sedan launching in India on January 22 - IAB Report

31/12/2014 - 09:45 | ,   | Anjan Ravi

Second 4-door coupe model for Mercedes.

Mercedes-Benz India will launch its entry-level CLA sedan on January 22, the company informed Indian Autos Blog. Based on the same MFA series platform as the A Class, the company already sells the performance-oriented CLA 45 AMG in India.

Mercedes CLA at the 2014 Philippines Motor Show front quarter
The CLA is based on the same platform as the A Class.

The CLA will come with a petrol and a diesel engine, the latter being a 2.2-liter four-cylinder unit. Like in the GLA crossover, this engine would produce 134 hp and 300 Nm of torque while using a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.

The petrol engine too could be borrowed from the GLA, which uses a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder developing 181 hp and 300 Nm of torque, matched to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Both engine options will be front wheel drive variants, unlike the CLA 45 AMG which is all wheel drive.

Mercedes CLA at the 2014 Philippines Motor Show interior
The CLA shares its interior with the A Class.

The CLA will be a key rival to the Audi A3 Sedan, while being positioned in between the A Class and the C Class in Mercedes-Benz India's lineup. The CLA is also the second four-door coupe model for the German car maker, the first being the CLS Class which was recently refreshed.

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The CLA shares its interior layout with the A Class, so expect features like power folding wing mirrors, Mercedes's COMAND infotainment system, climate control, a sunroof, leather seats and 7 airbags.

Competitors: Audi A3
Expected price: INR 25-30 lakh, ex-Showroom
Launch date: January 22 2015

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