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New 2019 Mercedes CLA: pricing and specification details announced

Monday 11/March/2019 - 10:47 AM
Sada El Balad



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Mercedes has officially launched the new CLA four-door coupe in the UK، with prices starting from £30،500. First unveiled at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show، the new model joins the A-Class range at the lower end of the German manufacturer’s line-up. Prices rise to £36،365 for top spec models.

Entry-level CLA 180 and CLA 200 models use the same 1.3-litre petrol engine found in the A-Class hatchback، with the former producing 132bhp and 200Nm of torque، and the latter 159bhp and 250Nm of torque. Both engines deliver economy figures of 47.9mpg، while the more efficient CLA 180 promises emissions ratings of 123gkm of CO2.

The mid-range CLA 220 comes with a 2.0-litre petrol engine، which produces 185bhp and 300Nm of torque. Both front- and four-wheel-drive variants are available، with both providing a 0–62mph sprint of seven seconds. Top speed stands at 150mph for the front-wheel-drive variant and 147mph for the four-wheel-drive model.

Range-topping CLA 250 models use a re-tuned version of the same turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine as the CLA 220، with 218bhp and 350Nm of torque. As such، the sprint from 0–62mph is a claimed 6.3 seconds، and top speed stands an electronically limited 155mph.

Standard equipment includes LED headlights، privacy glass، two-zone climate control، keyless-go، heated front seats، a wireless smartphone charger، active lane keeping assist and Mercedes’s Speed Limit Assist. Like the A-Class hatch، the CLA also gets Mercedes’s latest 10.25-inch MBUX infotainment screen with sat-nav and live traffic updates.

The system incorporates the ‘Hey Mercedes’ voice-controlled assistant. It also introduces Mercedes’s Interior Assist، which adapts the content displayed on the screen as a hand approaches it. It also adds the option for gesture control ‘favourites’ to be stored، for both the driver and the front passenger.

For an extra £1،495، Mercedes’s AMG Line Premium trim level adds a 10.25-inch digital gauge cluster، a dash camera، a rear-seat armrest، illuminated door sills and customisable ambient lighting with a choice of 64 colours.

AMG Line Premium Plus models cost a further £1،495 and come with all the aforementioned equipment، as well as a panoramic sliding sunroof، adaptive ‘Multibeam’ LED headlights and memory seats for the driver and front passenger. Mercedes’s new ‘Energising Package’ also features، claiming to boost the driver’s fitness and wellbeing by automatically adjusting the CLA’s heating، seat position، interior lighting and music towards the driver’s specific needs.

Initially، all models will be sold with a seven-speed automatic gearbox، but Mercedes says it plans to introduce a manual option later in the CLA’s life-cycle. Two diesel-powered variants will also join the line-up by the end of the year، badged as the CLA 200 d and CLA 220 d.

Higher-performance versions of the car are in the pipeline، too. Expect a CLA 35 AMG and CLA 45 AMG to follow within six months، following the commercial release of the CLA Shooting Brake estate in May.

Edited by Rabea Yehia

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