The brand new Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG sedan has been launched on the Indian car market in end-July. Price starts at Rs. 68.50 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The new CLA 45 AMG debuted at the 2013 New York International Auto Show.
The new CLA 45 AMG is imported into India via the CBU (Completely Built-up Unit) route. Currently, the CLA 45 AMG doesn’t have any direct rivals in India, as Audi doesn’t sell the S3 in India as yet, while BMW do not have a sedan on the current 1-Series platform. On the other hand, the company is also expected bring the standard CLA to India with both, petrol and diesel versions, which will arrive in India by early-2015.
The CLA45 is the cheapest AMG powered car one can buy in India and is powered by a 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder, turbocharged petrol engine that produces a 355 bhp and 450 Nm of torque. The company claims that this is the ‘world’s most powerful 4-cylinder series production engine’ and can propel the car from 0 to 100 kph in 4.6 seconds and a limited top speed of 250 kph. The car has an AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sports transmission with three modes – C (Controlled Efficiency), S (Sport) and M (Manual) and a 4MATIC all-wheel drive system.
Compared to the regular CLA, the CLA 45 AMG spots more aggressive bumpers with larger air intakes and a splitter at the bottom, a twin-blade radiator grille with a central three-point star, 5-twin-spoke 18-inch wheels and badging. The CLA 45 AMG also gets brake calipers lacquered in red.
On the inside, The CLA 45 gets an AMG sports steering wheel and gearlever, racing seats with red design seat belts and instrument cluster with round black dials, carbon-fibre design and red / silver needles. As far as safety is concerned, it comes loaded with equipment and safety & drive assist features such as Pre-Safe, 3-stage Electronic Stability Program (ESP) and ESP Curve Dynamic Assist.
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