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A look at the Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG

The Mercedes CLA 45 AMG is not only the the most affordable AMG model in India, but carves out a new segment for itself.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
July 23, 2014 3:38:36 pm
The Mercedes CLA 45 AMG. The Mercedes CLA 45 AMG.

Mercedes-Benz India has recently launched the brand new CLA 45 AMG in India at Rs 68.50 lakh. The CLA in itself is an all-new product for Mercedes-Benz as a premium compact luxury sedan designed to appeal to young luxury car buyers. And the 45 AMG model is the high performance derivative of this new sedan from Mercedes-Benz.

We went to attend the launch of the new Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG, which was aptly done at the Buddh International Circuit. During the launch ceremony, Eberhard Kern, MD and CEO of Mercedes-Benz India gave an insight into the CLA 45 AMG and everything that it stands for as a young enthusiastic product which does not compromise on the aspects of luxury and practicality. Kern then revealed the price of the car at Rs. 68.5 lakh (ex-showroom).

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This not only makes the Mercedes CLA 45 AMG the most affordable AMG model in India, but carves out a new segment for itself. The CLA 45 AMG has no direct rival in the Indian car market as of now and is designed to appeal to people who are interested in a high performance sedan.

The Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG is the most powerful four cylinder series production car in the world! The 2.0 litre direct injection turbocharged petrol motor develops 365PS of peak power @6,000 rpm and the peak torque of 450Nm is well spread out over the power band from 2,250 rpm to 5,000 rpm. The engine in the CLA 45 AMG is mated to Mercedes’ seven-speed double clutch AMD Speedshift automatic gearbox.

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Performance figures of the car are rated at 0-100 km/h in 4.6 seconds and a top speed of 250 km/h. The car comes with Mercedes’ 4MATIC all-wheel drive system. Although, the car can function as a front-wheel drive vehicle, allowing for 50:50 front and rear power distribution when the need arises.

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It’s not all about performance thought, for the CLA 45 AMG comes with top notch build quality and fit and finish. It even has Recaro front seats that can be heated. Mercedes’ COMAND infotainment system is easy to operate and the car. The cabin offers good space for rear seat occupants and the car has a spacious boot too.

The Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG on the face of it appears to be a good all round proposition. It is a fast car, it’s comfortable, it’s practical and it’s got good brand appeal. When the standard versions of the car make it to India in six months from now, the CLA will have a more affordable price point and should serve well as a compact luxury sedan.

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