The facelifted C117 Mercedes-Benz CLA range has broken cover, offering a host of new exterior highlights and value-added specifications.
Following the launch of the facelifted A-Class earlier in the year, the CLA four-door coupe is the second member of Mercedes’ New Generation Compact Car (NGCC) family to be revitalised and is offered in three different variants, priced as follows:
- Mercedes-Benz CLA 200 – RM236,888
- Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 Sport 4Matic – RM278,888
- Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 4Matic - RM408,888
Mark Raine, Vice President of Mercedes-Benz Malaysia comments, “Its breathtakingly sporty proportions and edgy design gives this four door-coupe and unmistakable look, making the vehicle a dream desire for modern-day customers. The CLA is the most exciting and only vehicle in its class. This four-door coupe is sure to steal the show wherever it goes.”
So what’s new?
All models are now equipped with the AMG Line exterior. The refreshed body styling comprises a new front and rear apron and restyled side-sill panel. The radiator grille now features chrome pins and the twin exhaust exits have been redesigned – now with flatter, wider dimensions. The new CLA is fitted with LED performance headlamps - direction indicators, DRLs and position lights are all in the form of multi-function fibre-optic cables. Rear light graphics are new and feature automatic intensity control to reduce unwanted glare.
The car also sits lower to the ground courtesy of the sports suspension that comes replete with the AMG Line kit.
The interior benefits from new seat covers and trim parts and well as the addition of some chrome plated controls – on the fascia and electronic seat adjuster controls. The key highlight is the freestanding 8-inch media display with a new-style glass cover. The CLA 200 and 250 Sport are equipped with the Audio 20 CD system, while the CLA 45 is equipped with the Comand Online infotainment suite.
The CLA 200 draws power from a turbocharged inline-four producing 156hp at 5300rpm and 250Nm of torque between 1250- and 4000rpm. The century sprint is completed in 8.2seconds all the way to a 230km/h top speed. The 1991cc turbocharged four-cylinder in the CLA 250 ups the ante with 211bhp at 5500rpm and 350Nm from 1200- to 4000rpm. The CLA 250 sprints to 100km/h in 6.5 seconds, top speed is rated at 240km/h.
The facelifted Mercedes-Benz CLA range offers the following equipment:
CLA200 AMG Line:
- Dynamic Select
- Active Brake Assist
- Pre-Safe System
- AMG Line Exterior (Chrome package)
- LED High-Performance headlamps
- 18-inch multispoke alloy wheels
- AMG Line Interior
- 8-inch media display
- Aluminium cabin trim
- Seat Comfort package
- 3-Spoke Multifunction steering wheel in Leather
- Parking Pilot (autonomous side and reverse parking)
- Carplay smartphone integration
- Reverse camera
CLA250 Sport 4Matic:
- Eco start/stop system
- AMG Line Exterior (Night package)
- 18-inch AMG twin-spoke alloy wheels
- Aluminium trim with dark honeycomb-grain
- Attention Assist
- TireFit Repair Kit
- Electrically adjustable front seats with memory function
The CLA 200 and 250 Sport features new trim elements in black Dinamica microfibers, the sports seats are trimmed in an Artico man-made leather/ Dinamica microfiber combo. The multifunction steering wheel design is new, as is the shift-lever in perforated leather.
The Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 4Matic
The redesigned front apron compliments a new A-Wing design with aggressive looking front splitters and canards finished titanium grey and high-gloss black respectively. The new design elements have also reduced the overall coefficient of drag (Cd) for the car. The twin-louvers of the radiator grille are now finished in chrome. At the rear, the rear diffuser inserts are new, which now includes four vertical fin elements.
The highlights of the new Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 4Matic is as follows:
- AMG Line Exterior
- AMG Night Package
- AMG Aerodynamics Package
- 19-inch AMG Cross-spoke light alloy wheels
- Panoramic sliding sunroof
- AMG Exclusive Interior Package
- AMG Carbon-fibre trim
- AMG Performance seats
- AMG Performance steering wheel (Upholstered in Nappa leather)
- Blind Spot Assist
- Lane Keeping Assist
- Comand Online
- Harman Kardon Logic 7 Surround Sound
- Apple Carplay and Android Auto smartphone integration.
Power is up by 21bhp to 381bhp, while torque has been increased by 25Nm to a whopping 475Nm between 2250rpm and 5000rpm. The power hikes result in a faster 0-100km/h time – now requiring just 4.2seconds. AMG Speedshift DCT 7-Speed transmission now receives shorter gear ratios.