September 14, 2016 @ 11:58 AM

Upgraded Mercedes-Benz CLA revealed

Added equipment sweetens the deal and 4Matic trickles down to the mid-range CLA 250.



Revealed to the bass’ beats of electronic dance music in the background a day before the Ultra Music Festival, the facelifted Mercedes-Benz CLA looks set to continue reeling a younger demographic for the brand with more equipment on offer across the three variants offered.
 
Positioned as the entry-level trim to CLA ownership, the CLA 200 starts at RM236,888 and is topped by the CLA 250 Sport 4Matic that goes for RM278,888. Sitting deservingly atop the throne is the fire-breathing CLA 45 AMG that now breaches the 400 mark, priced at RM408,888.


 
Cosmetically, the AMG Line exterior is now standard for the trio and includes the sports suspension for a lower ride height as well. Some of the notable styling cues refreshed include the front and rear apron while the front grille receives the chrome pin treatment.
 
Lighting has been given the biggest bump with LED performance headlamps that comprise DRLs, direction indicators and position lights that function via fibre optic cables. Even the taillights are redesigned with a feature that controls the intensity automatically to reduce glare for following drivers.


 
Inside, the enhancements are more subtle with the eight-inch display getting a new cover and some black Dinamica microfibers trims for the CLA 200 and CLA 250 Sport 4Matic. Both also get sports seats wrapped in Artico artificial leather and the aforementioned microfiber material. Enhancing grip on the multifunction steering wheel and gear shift lever is perforated leather.
 
Lastly, the gnarly CLA 45 AMG gets a more aggressive front end with redesigned splitters and canards that prove to be a combination of form and function as the overall coefficient of drag improves.


 
Power for the CLA 200 comes from a 1.6-litre turbocharged inline-four producing 154bhp and 250Nm of torque. A larger 2.0-litre turbo inline-four in the CLA 250 Sport 4Matic pumps out 209bhp and 350Nm of torque to all four wheels; the 4Matic drivetrain lending some sharper handling to the four-door coupe.
 
The world’s most powerful production 2.0-litre engine now houses more horses; 379 to be precise. Torque climbs as well to 475Nm. All the extra grunt coupled with the shorter gear ratios in the Seven-speed AMG dual-clutch transmission slashes the century sprint time 4.2-seconds.


 
Among the standout additions to the CLA 200 are 18-inch alloy wheels, aluminium cabin trim, Parking Pilot, Apple Carplay and a reverse camera displayed via the eight-inch display.
 
Step it up the CLA 250 Sport 4Matic and the equipment count rises to include Eco start-stop, 18-inch AMG alloy wheels, aluminium trim with honeycomb grain and electrically adjustable front seats with memory function.


 
Lastly, the CLA 45 AMG packs the AMG Night Package and AMG Aerodynamics Package to complement the AMG Line exterior, finished off with 19-inch AMG cross-spoke wheels. Inside, a panoramic sunroof, AMG carbon fiber trim, AMG Performance seats, Nappa-leather wrapped AMG Performance steering wheel, Comand Online and a Harmon Kardon Logic 7 Surround Sound system complete the spec sheet.

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