Mercedes’ Cheapest Sedan ‘CLA-Class’ Arrives in India Priced at Rs. 31.5 lakh
Mercedes-Benz, German luxury carmaker, launched the CLA Class sedan, priced in the range of Rs 31.5-35.9 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), to further strengthen its position in the Indian market. Mercedes’ first entry-level sedan for the country, the CLA-Class, will gun right up against the Audi A3, which is already a huge hit in the Indian market.
The car will be available in both diesel and petrol options with prices ranging from Rs 31.5 lakh to Rs 35.9 lakh (all prices ex-showroom Delhi). The CLA-Class is built on Mercedes’ front wheel drive MFA platform. It shares its foundation with the A-Class, B-Class and the more recently launched compact SUV, the GLA-Class.
Under the hood, the CLA-Class will sport a 2.0-litre petrol unit making 183.5PS and 300Nm and will also be offered with a 2.2-litre diesel mill that pumps 136PS and 300Nm. Both the petrol and diesel engines will be mated to Mercedes-Benz’s tried and tested 7-speed dual clutch gearbox.
Mercedes had reported record sales of 10,201 units in India in 2014. The company plans to introduce 15 new products in India this year and pump in Rs 150 crore for adding a new assembly line for its upcoming CLA sedan at the Chakan facility in Maharashtra.
The company has, so far, invested 1,000 crores on the expansion of its Chakan plant. This is the sixth model along with the S, E, C, ML and GL classes to be rolled out of the company’s Chakan plant.