The day of reckoning is finally here; the Mercedes-Benz CLA facelift 2017 for India will be launched today, bringing with it subtle changes on the inside and outside that keep the executive sedan up to date. The long-awaited launch comes after the German carmaker first unveiled the facelifted CLA in March at the New York International Auto Show. This was followed after a few months by the international launch of the sedan. Meanwhile, in India, a petrol and diesel variant of the CLA were brought in for homologation. Mercedes has had a quite a successful year so far, and its strong run is likely to continue give how well the facelift has been received internationally. It had its best monthly sales in March 2016, best quarterly sales at 3,622 units and best yearly sales at 13,558 units. This was despite price hikes in its models and the diesel ban in the Delhi NCR region.
Moving back to the Mercedes-Benz CLA facelift, let’s take a look at what the Three Pointed Star has in store for the launch today. Mercedes has smartly kept the overall design, both inside and outside, largely untouched. The current CLA, which follows the company’s next-generation design theme, still looks very fresh. The swoops and curves still grab attention everywhere, and the design still remains fresh, given how it only came to Indian shores in 2015. The 2017 facelift will come with little updates to the front and rear. Starting from the front, there is a revised bumper and black lines around the air scoops. There is also a diamond pin grille and LED headlamps. At the rear, there are LED taillights present along with a motion sensor-enabled hands-free boot, completed with chrome-tipped exhausts. The wheels now get five-twin-spoke alloys too. Also Read: Mercedes Benz S 500 Cabriolet and C 300 Cabriolet launched in India
Back in New York, the new CLA facelift was shown with a new shade of “cavansite” metallic blue. It remains to be seen if today’s launch will preserve the same stunning colour. The interiors have also been upgraded to keep things fresh. The upholstery gets an update, and so does the instrument cluster. Apple CarPlay support has been added for the excellent infotainment system on-board, adding another level of connectivity to the premium sedan.
India got petrol and diesel variants of the CLA 200 back in 2015, and this is set to continue with today’s facelift as well. This means that the 2.0-litre petrol unit and 2.2-litre diesel one will be retained. The petrol engine produces 181 bhp of power and 330 Nm of torque, while the diesel unit offers a maximum of 134 bhp and 300 Nm of power and torque, respectively. Both engines will also be mated to the same seven-speed auto gearbox. That’s not a bad thing either. Both engines are gems, and they work very well with the 7-DCT transmission to give the CLA an identity of its own. The petrol motor has a strong mid-range and is quite responsive, while the diesel is a little noisier than one would expect but maintains the refinement that would be expected from a Mercedes-Benz.