Mercedes-Benz is all set to launch the Mercedes-Benz CLA facelift 2017 compact executive sedan on 30 November 2016 (tomorrow), adding several new intelligent features and subtle design changes to an already incredible package. The automaker first unveiled the new edition at the New York International Auto Show in March 2016. Later in the year, the car was reportedly imported to India for homologation. The import data indicated that both diesel and petrol variants were brought into the country. Earlier this month, news surrounding the impending launch began heating up, and all the speculation and chatter is set to come to a boil tomorrow.
The facelift version Mercedes-Benz CLA is coming with restyled front bumpers and air scoops with a hint of black around them. The radiator grille has been modified, getting a diamond pin design, and new LED headlights have been added. The rear bumper also gets more minor changes, as do the reworked LED taillights and chrome-tipped exhausts. A little above is the boot, which gets hands-free access through motion sensor. The car also gets a new shade of metallic blue and five-twin-spoke alloys on its wheels, just like the CLA 45 AMG. Inside the car is a new slimmer eight-inch infotainment system, and red needles on the clock for a sportier look. The seat covers have been updated, and the infotainment system will get Apple CarPlay support too. Also Read: Mercedes launches two convertibles priced up to Rs 2.25 crore
Under the hood, the Mercedes-Benz CLA retains the same heart. It gets the same 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine tuned to deliver 181 bhp of power at 5, 500 rpm and 300 Nm of torque at 1,200-4,000 rpm. The diesel variant gets a 2.2-litre engine delivering 134 bhp of power at 3,200-4,000 rpm and 300 Nm of torque at 1,400-3,000 rpm. The seven-speed automatic transmission will also remain the same. Overall, Mercedes-Benz has stuck to the textbook definition of a facelift with this release. The exterior design that worked so well has been largely untouched, with a few changes expected to make it more graceful-looking. Upholstery and a few of the electronics have been changed to keep up with trends.
Internationally, the Mercedes-Benz CLA was launched earlier in the year with 11 different engines on offer. India will be getting just two, but both are capable machines that deliver an able performance. The CLA has so far been a success story for Mercedes, which has sold over 1 lakh units worldwide since it was first introduced in January 2013. With minimal, smart changes in the CLA, the automaker will likely see its fortunes continue. Domestically, Mercedes-Benz India has been rather aggressive lately, with the 2017 CLA being its 12th vehicle launch in the year. With the update, the current-generation CLA will have completed its midlife upgrade. The automaker’s Chakan plant in Maharashtra will continue to assemble the CLA, which is set to compete with the likes of the Toyota Camry, Skoda Superb and Audi A3.