IAB Report - India-bound Mercedes GLA and CLA get new efficient diesel engines

16/07/2014 - 15:09 | ,  ,   | Anjan Ravi

Mercedes-Benz will launch the GLA crossover in India later this year during the festive season, and the CLA will be launched this month through the CLA 45 AMG. The regular variants of the CLA will be introduced next year.

Mercedes GLA front three quarters at 2014 Bangkok Motor Show.JPG
The base GLA is powered by Renault's 1.5-liter K9K engine.

Both cars have received new diesel engine options in the European market. The GLA has been given a new base variant in the GLA 180 CDI which is powered by the Renault 1.5-liter K9K motor (same unit found in the Duster in India). The engine is good for 109 bhp and 260 Nm of torque. It needs 11.9 seconds to accelerate from 0-100 km/h and it tops out at 190 km/h. However, efficiency wise, it is claimed to deliver 25 km/l with a 6-speed manual transmission, or 25.64 km/l with a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

Mercedes CLA Class front
The CLA now comes with the familiar 2.2-liter diesel engine.

The CLA 200 CDI makes use of the familiar 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine making 136 bhp and 300 Nm of torque. In the interest of economy, the engine gets an optimized belt drive system, a cylinder head package with camshaft roller bearing and additional finishing, optimisation of the vacuum pump, aluminium pistons with optimised assembly clearances and a low-friction ring package.

Available with a 6-speed manual or 7-speed automatic, the sedan delivers 25 km/l with the latter gearbox and 24.39 km/l with the manual.

Mercedes CLA Competitors: Audi A3 Sedan

Mercedes GLA Competitors: Audi Q3, BMW X1, Volvo V40 Cross Country

Mercedes CLA Expected Price: INR 25-30 lakhs, ex-Showroom

Mercedes GLA Expected Price: INR 25-30 lakhs, ex-Showroom

Mercedes GLA - Image Gallery

New Engines for Mercedes CLA and GLA - Press Release

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