The swoopy Mercedes-Benz CLS is about to have some internal competition really soon. The Concept Style Coupé Mercedes showed recently is actually going into production. To be called the CLA-Class, the latest four-door-coupé from Mercedes’ stable will slot in below the C-Class as the new entry level sedan.
The whole point of the CLA was to attract youngsters to an ageing brand, so what that means is that not only will this look good, it will actually be within reach of the youth. The production model of the CLA is all set to debut at next year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit while the high-performance version will make its debut at the end of 2013. Here in India though, you can expect to see this car on the roads in late 2014 after the A-Class has been launched. Till other photos are out though, all we have are photos of the camouflaged models running about.
Powering the CLA will be a set of four-cylinder engines, the same set that power the new A-Class. The mainstay of that line-up will be a turbocharged 1.6-litre engine that will make anywhere between 160 and 200 bhp while a larger engine will power the higher performance versions. Needless to say, a diesel model will most certainly be out. What we’re interested in though are the CLA 250 and the high-performance AMG version that will eventually come out of it, reportedly called the CLA 45 AMG. Both these versions will feature a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine making 210 bhp for the 250 and 354 bhp of peak power for the AMG version. Both mated to a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission routing power to all four wheels through Mercedes’ 4Matic all-wheel-drive system.
From what we can see, this new sedan will be sharing quite a bit with the new A-Class. And depending on the demand, the A-Class may well be assembled here with a few local components, so expect this sedan to come in with a similar deal. By the time this makes it here, we expect there to be more competition in that space as well, especially in the way of the upcoming Audi A3 sedan. With the next generation C-Class set to go up in price, expect the CLA to be priced in the range of Rs 22 to Rs 25 lakh.