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Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class updates boost performance and price

By David Bonnici, 23 Aug 2016 Car News

Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class updates boost performance and price

The latest Mercedes CLA-Class Coupe and Shooting brake models include a new turbo diesel variant.

Mercedes-Benz has released details for its updated CLA-Class Coupe and Shooting Brake models, which include performance boosts across the range, and a more powerful turbo diesel variant.

The revised line-up introduces the new CLA 220d to replace the CLA 200d. The 220d retains the same 2.1-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel engine but pushes out an additional 30 kW of power and 50Nm of Torque (130KW / 350Nm).

The power lift brings a modest fuel consumption increase for the diesel model, now listing a combined fuel figure of 4.2L/100km for the CLA220d Coupe, up from 4.0L/100km.

Also up are the manufacturer’s list prices for the diesel variants, by $2000 – to $53,900 – for the Coupe and $2500 – to $55,400 – for the Shooting Brake, excluding dealer delivery and on-road costs.

The four-cylinder 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine in the CLA 250 Sport variants has also received a slight power boost, up 5kW to 160kW and 350Nm. The CLA 250 Coupe and Shooting Brake now cost $67,600 and $68,600 respectively – both up $2200.

Merc’s ebullient AMG CLA 45 variants receive the more powerful tune of their 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, as seen in the A45 hatch, which now delivers 280kW and maximum torque of 475Nm up from 265kW/450Nm. This power increase, combined with an improved aerodynamics package, shaves 0.4secs off the 0-100km/h sprint to 4.2secs for the Coupe and 4.3secs for the Shooting Brake.

Prices for both AMG versions have risen by $2715, which takes them to $92,215 MRLP.  However you can get that price back down to $88,798 by ordering 18-inch AMG wheels instead of the standard 19-inch rims. This gets published fuel consumption under 7.0L/100kms, which means a lower Luxury Car Tax payment.

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Performance of the entry-level CLA 200 variants, powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine, remains the same, with prices increasing by $1100 and $1600 to $52,500 for the Coupe and $54,000 for the Shooting Brake.

These price increases are justified by a higher level of standard equipment when compared to the old models. New gear for the CLA 200, CLA  220d and CLA 250 Sport includes 18-inch wheels, DAB+ digital radio, LED headlamps, Google Android apps and the Keyless Go comfort package which includes hands-free opening of the Shooting Brake’s powered tailgate.

The CLA 250 retains the 18-inch AMG wheels; AMG Ride Control sports suspension, a panoramic glass sunroof, and sports seats in black Red Cut Leather, electric and heated front seats as well as Adaptive Highbeam Assist.

As before, the AMG CLA 45 variants come with Distance Pilot Distronic which includes active cruise control and lane keeping assist, AMG Driver’s Package, AMG performance exhaust, AMG high-performance braking system, AMG Performance Seats, COMAND Online Navigation and a Harmon Kardon surround sound system as standard.

Safety equipment across the range includes nine airbags, active brake assist, blind spot assist, pre-safe collision protection system, Parking Pilot, Attention Assist and an active bonnet which lifts slightly when it detects a collision with a pedestrian to help reduce their risk of injury.

The new Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupé and CLA Shooting Brake models are now available in dealerships.  

New Mercedes-Benz CLA retail pricing

CLA 200 Coupe $52,500  

CLA 200 S’Brake $54,000  

CLA 220d Coupe $53,900  

CLA 220d S’Brake $55,400

CLA 250 Sport 4MATIC Coupe $67,600   

CLA 250 Sport 4MATIC S’Brake   $68,600    

AMG CLA 45 4MATIC Coupe $92,215   

AMG CLA 45 4MATIC S’Brake $92,215