The popular luxury compact sedan gets some valuable updates

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the refreshed CLA models for the year 2016 even before its debut in New York. The updated CLA and the CLA Shooting brake models are the fourth and fifth models in the German luxury auto maker’s compact list, the other compact models includes the A, B and the GLA Class. There is no doubt in the fact that the compact models are immensely popular all over the globe and the sales of these compact cars have also reached an amazing 582,531 in 2015 which is almost 25.8% increase over the last year sales figures.

The sporty overall appeal, powerful and dynamic design and sensual rounded contours are some of the design highlights of the new CLA. Now the changes to the facelift model of the CLA are subtle but ask anyone and you will get to know the popularity if this compact sedan which was introduced back in 2013. The CLA was launched to take on its other compact car rivals from Audi and BMW. After staying in the market for 3 years it was time for Mercedes to give it a facelift and that is what they have done exactly.

The changes to the exterior and interior are subtle though and these updates are the same kind of updates that they have given in some other compact cars recently as well including the A Class. We have provided you all the details that are available at this moment about the updated Mercedes-Benz CLA sedan.

Update 30.11.16:- Mercedes-Benz launched the all new 2017 CLA facelift sedan in India which also happens to be their most affordable sedan for the Indian market. Available with both petrol and diesel engine option under its hood. The prices and other details has been updated with this review

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2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class
  • Year: 2017
  • Make: Mercedes
  • Model: CLA
  • Engine: inline-4
  • Transmission: 7 speed automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM: 136
  • Torque @ RPM: 300
  • Displacement: 2.1 L
  • Top Speed: 146 mph (Est.)
  • Price: 31690000
  • Price: Premium
  • car segment: compact cars
  • size: Compact
  • body style: sedan
  • Overall: 8/10


2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Exterior
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2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Exterior
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2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Exterior
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The overall styling of the CLA has not changed a bit but it has received lots of new equipment. To begin with the facelift car now gets an LED High Performance headlamp as an option. These low beam headlamps use projector technology while the main high beam lamp beam uses LED reflection technology.

The front profile of the sedan also has received new restyled bumpers and also new diamond radiator grille finished in Black which is also found in the updated A-Class as well. Apart from the new headlamps and new front grille and bumper the facelift CLA also has been fitted with newly designed light alloy wheels as well. Towards the rear profile the newlky designed LED taillamps will also surely attract attention as well. These LED taillamps gets the automatic intensity control which actually reduces the dazzling effect for the following car. The taillamps also has three stage direction indication lamp for Day/Night-time driving/Night-time stationary.

For the first time Mercedes-Benz is also offering HANDS-FREE ACCESS option which allow the boot lid of the car to open or shut automatically without any contact, all one needs to do is move the foot in the area of the rear bumper.


Length (mm) 4630
Width (mm) 1777
Height (mm) 1432
Wheelbase (mm) 2699
Kerb weight (kg) 1510


2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Interior
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Just like the exterior the interior too received few important and interesting updates of its own which comes in the form of new seat covers and trim parts. The slimmer free standing 8 inch touchcreen also gets a new-style glass cover. For the entertainment of the passengers there is also an optional Audio 20 USB and Audio 20 CD systems. The instrument cluster also received a new red needle which actually makes it easier to read. Immense amount of attention has also been given to the switches in the doors and as well as on the electrically adjustable seats.

The interior also gets different features available with different trims; there is a matt black ash wood finish available with Exclusive package. The exclusive package also gets new leather upholstery options available in sahara beige/black. The CLA also gets coat hook on the grab handle above each rear side window. The optional enhanced Smartphone Integration system allows voice-operated control of iPhones and Android smartphones via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.


2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Exterior
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Although there are number of drivetrain options available under the hood of the CLA it is available in the Indian market with a single diesel and petrol engine option. The facelift CLA has not received any such major updates when it comes to its drivetrains. Thus expect Mercedes-Benz to continue using the same 2.0 Litre petrol model which is actually capable of producing about 183 Hp of peak power at 5500 rpm and 300 Nm of torque in between 1200-4000 rpm. The engine is paired to a 7G-DCT transmission as standard. If we talk about acceleration the CLA is able to sprint from 0-100 km/h mark 7.8 seconds while it has a top speed of 235 km/h mark.

The diesel drivetrain on the other hand is powered by the 2.1 Litre, inline 4 cylinder unit which is actually capable of producing about 136 Hp of peak power at 3200-4000 rpm and 300 Nm of toque in between 1600-3000 rpm. This diesel drivetrain too is paired to the same 7G-DCT transmission. The diesel engine helps the CLA to acclearte from 0-100 km/h mark 9.8 seconds while it has a top speed of 220 km/h mark.


The 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA is available in three trims.

Trims Prices (ex showroom, Mumbai)
CLA 200 Style diesel 31.40 Lakhs
CLA 200d Sport 34.68 lakhs
CLA 200 Sport Petrol 33.68 Lakhs


Audi A3

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The Audi A3 is the worthy competitor to the CLA. Although the A3 was launched a lot later in the Indian market but that does not actually affected its popularity a bit. The A3 is available in the Indian market with the 1.8 Litre TFSI petrol motor and the 2.0 Litre TDI motor. The 1.8 Litre engine is capable of producing about 177 bhp of peak power at 5100 rpm and 250 Nm of torque in between 1250-5000 rpm while the diesel unit is capable of producing about 150 Hp of peak power and 320 Nm of peak torque. While the diesel engine is paired to a 6 speed S-tronic automatic gearbox the petrol engine is paired to a 7 speed dual clutch auto gearbox.


2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Exterior
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The dynamic styling and the sporty looks was definitely the main highlights of the CLA Class. Now with more improved styling and added features on both its exterior as well as interior this has now become an even more attractive package. The new Mercedes-Benz CLA debuted at the New York International Auto Show which commenced from 25th of March and juts like Mercedes Benz has promised it is now launched and readily available in India.

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