Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG Info.
Mercedes-Benz is on a roll to launch a slew of AMG spec machines in the Indian market and the latest entrant is expected to be the CLA45 AMG which will be the most low-priced AMG car in India but is expected to be one of the most exciting that will reach our shores. The car was unveiled for the New York Auto Show in March 2013 and has been on sale as a part of the CLA range in Europe and America since that time. It was unveiled for the Indian market at the 2014 Auto Expo.
The Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG is the hot version of the quite successful CLA sedan. It gets the same overall design as the standard car but now includes an AMG body kit. This comprises side skirts, sporty front bumper and a rear bumper that includes a diffuser with quad chrome-tipped exhausts integrated into it. The fascia is common to the MFA underpinned cars and so the CLA45 looks very similar in that regard to the A45 AMG and the GLA45 AMG. This defined by the flowing LED headlights and large Mercedes-Benz logo that stands out prominently in the middle.
The CLA shares a roofline with CLS-Class and it is no different with this car. It slopes forward and is accentuated by the V-shaped aerodynamic crease that run along the side and divides the profile into two clear sections. The tail lamps flow into the base of the boot while the wheels are AMG spec units found on almost all the AMG cars.
Inside, the CLA45 AMG shares much of its design with the standard CLA-Class interiors and this includes the overall layout of the cabin, dials and buttons. However apart from the usual Mercedes-Benz toys and luxuries gets the AMG specific seats, instrument cluster and red seatbelts.
While most of the interiors are spectacular by virtue of the AMG badging, the sloping roofline means that the rear seat occupants will be a little short on headroom and have to sit low down in an already low car.
Engine and gearbox
The CLA45 AMG is powered by a four-cylinder 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine producing 360bhp and 460 Nm of torque. Power is transmitted to the wheels via a seven-speed automatic dual clutch gearbox. Given that so much power was being squeezed out of such a small engine, AMG has made the car four-wheel drive using the three-pointed star’s patented 4matic drivetrain. It does 0-100kmph in 4.6 seconds and will go on to hit a limited top speed of 250kmph.
Price and competition
The CLA45 AMG is expected to be priced in the range of Rs 50-55 lakh and competes in a rather niche segment with the Audi S4.
Expected Launch : 22 July 2014
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