Mercedes Benz to launch CLA sedan in early 2015

        The compact luxury car segment is gaining momentum. First it was Audi which launched A3 sedan in India and now Mercedes Benz is planning to launch CLA sedan in India which will be the most affordable sedan in Merc’s line up. Earlier this year Mercedes had launched a performance oriented CLA 45 AMG which is priced around 70 lakh.


        The CLA sedan without AMG is likely to be priced around Rs. 40 lakh for petrol and Rs. 42-43 lakh for diesel. Mercedes CLA is based on MFA platform which is front wheel drive and underpins the A Class, B Class, GLA, GLA 45 AMG and CLA 45 AMG. The CLA sedan will take on Audi A3 in Indian market.

        Mercedes Benz CLA sedan will not be as spacious and practical as that of its elder sibling C and E Class. The strength of CLA sedan will be its design with coupe like roofline and low slung stance making it a very attractive looking car. In fact the designers have focussed on young buyers who look for beauty than practicality. Mercedes plans to localise all vehicles based on MFA platform and hopefully this will bring down the costs of Mercedes cars in India.


The CLA sedan is powered by a 2.2 liter diesel and 2.0 liter petrol engine. The diesel engine makes 135 Bhp and 30.5 Kgm of torque while its petrol counterpart does 181 Bhp and 30.59 Kg of torque. Both engines are coupled to a seven speed dual clutch automatic transmission sending power to front wheels. Both these engines have been used in Mercedes GLA compact SUV as well. 
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