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Mercedes CLA 45 AMG: Incredibly fast, stunningly beautiful

July 23, 2014 14:00 IST

Mercedes CLA 45 AMG: Incredibly fast, stunningly beautiful

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German luxury car maker Mercedes Benz launched its compact performance sedan CLA 45 AMG priced at Rs 68.5 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).

Bullish on the growing demand for luxury performance cars, the company also said it would launch the CLA-Class sedan in the next six months.

The car was first showcased to the Indian masses at the 2014 Auto Expo and looking at the growing popularity of the AMG class of vehicles, company launched this vehicle to allure the young auto enthusiasts of the country.

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Exteriors

The new CLA Class exists only for one simple reason and that is style and prestige associated with the brand.

The entry-level AMG model doesn’t compromise on any aspects. It is undoubtedly, a pretty looking car with AMG design language and neat and clean finishing.

The aerodynamic design is an outcome of curved C-pillars and smartly crafted boot-lid.

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The front profile is the facsimile of A-Class hatchback with diamond radiator grille on which company’s logo can be seen connecting the thick chrome slat.

The grille section is accompanied by skilfully crafted xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lights.

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The side profile is brandished by flared wheel arches that have been affixed with aluminium coated star-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels while the glossy black finishing to the window sills and roof lays emphasis on its AMG character.

The rear portion is muscular with uniquely designed taillight cluster, sportier three step bumper and the four trapezoidal exhaust outlets showing AMG traits.

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Interiors

Although this is the bargain Benz, the interiors of CLA 45 AMG largely escapes from the cost cutting knife.

The cabin has been given the traditional flavour with clean centre stack design and close-fitting and finishing that imparts premium and classic feel of the Merc line of cars. Again the same A-class design language can be seen here.

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The aristocratic finishing is done in quality scratch resistant material while the dash is built sleekly which comes equipped with all the gadgetry.

The AMG steering wheel with mounted controls comes handy. In terms of comfort, CLA 45 AMG comes with AC with automatic climate control and pollen filter functionality, advance touchscreen infotainment system besides a high definition audio unit with USB/Bluetooth connectivity on the list of expectations.

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Engine

The small powerful machine has been touted as India’s first ‘Compact Performance Sedan’ with a powerful engine under the hood.

The car is a new generation breed of AMGs and sports a 2.0L 4-cylinder direct-injection turbocharged engine replacing the popular V8s.

With developing amazing power of 355bhp and torque throughput of 450Nm, it is claimed to be the most powerful 4-cylinder engine in the world.

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The engine comes en-suited to AMG Speedshift 7-speed DCT sports transmission gearbox which joins hands with powerful engine taking this fiery monster from 0-100 in just 4.6 seconds of time reaching the electronically limited top speed of 250kmph.

CLA 45 AMG also comes in three different expedient driving modes; M-Momentary Mode, S- Sports Mode and C-Controlled efficiency mode to tailor the level of interference.

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Safety

In terms of safety, the CLA 45 AMG offers an array of standard and advance features to the prospective buyer.

There will be dual front airbags, Anti-lock braking system with Electronic brakeforce distribution, electronic stability control, traction control while in terms of telematics, the CLA 45 AMG would offer Collision Prevention Assist, Attention Assist, Lane departure warning and rear parking sensors, etc.

The car is also strengthened with carbon fiber body work to absorb maximum impact.

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Mileage

The AMG version gets a newly developed 4-cylinder petrol engine with direct injection turbocharging technology paired with combination of 7-speed automatic transmission that returns standard mileage of 14kmpl.

The figure seems to be enough considering the powerful motor inside.

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Pricing

With magnificent style statement, fabulous interiors and powerful engine on board, here comes the crucial part of the discussion.

Mercedes Benz CLA 45 is not as fanatic as the junior A45 AMG but the company has priced it at Rs 68.5 lakh. That’s because it comes via CBU route in the country.

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