Mercedes-Benz India has introduced its 12th product this year itself, the facelifted CLA, at a starting price tag of Rs 31.40 lakh, ex-showroom, Mumbai. Changes in the facelifted car are a revised set of headlamp and tail lamps along with a wider radiator grille and revised bumpers. The changes are in sync with the German carmaker's design philosophy, while the large 'three-pointed star' logo dominates the front fascia. In addition, the sedan gets new 18-inch alloy wheel design, which continues to wear the similar 225 section rubber.
Internationally, the CLA facelift is powered by 11 different engine options, however, in India, it will get the same options as before. The petrol is a 2.0-litre, inline, four-cylinder motor that delivers 182 hp of power at 5,500 rpm and 300 Nm of torque from 1,200 rpm to 4,000 rpm. The diesel engine is the same 2,143 cc engine that churns out 135 hp and 300 Nm and powered the earlier version as well. Both engines are mated to a 7-speed ZF-sourced automatic transmission. The interiors also get some subtle yet important changes such as an updated instrument cluster with chrome accents, a sporty all-black interior theme and an 8-inch COMAND infotainment system, which supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
In terms of safety, the CLA facelift gets a significant improvement in the form of autonomous braking, which would stop the car in case the driver is distracted and a collision is imminent. Other features that were existing in the earlier iteration of the CLA such as ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), BAS (Brake Assist System), tyre pressure monitoring system, 6 SRS (Supplemental Restraint System) airbags continue to be featured in the facelifted CLA.
The company is also offering a Road & Track package for an additional amount of Rs 1.72 lakh. This package includes a striped livery, carbon fibre lip spoiler and ORVMs along with a red hub cover for the wheels.
The CLA has been one of the most successful cars for Mercedes-Benz globally and since its inception at the 2013 North American International Auto Show, the sedan has sold over one lakh units in the markets abroad. The CLA has done well since its introduction in the Indian market and considering the facelifted model's additional safety kit and a price tag lower by almost Rs 1.5 lakh for the base version, order books should fill up quicker.
Variant-wise price of the Mercedes-Benz CLA facelift:
CLA 200d Style: Rs 31.70 lakh
CLA 200 Sport: Rs 33.68 lakh
CLA 200d Sport: Rs 34.68 lakh
All prices ex-showroom, Mumbai