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Mercedes-Benz CLA 200 AT Special Series

Merc CLA, 45 AMG launched in

Author: Les Stephenson

When been at the top of your game for 100 or so with luxury medium and sedans (not to mention SUV’s, trucks and people-movers) really only one way to think model expansion.


for Mercedes-Benz, has always been with big and armoured even for some customers, but what those hundreds of thousands of buyers worldwide for whom big is bad and is short?

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Well, perhaps not short, but less plentiful than average plutocrat, and for whom small doesn’t shrink as far as one of funny little Smart


Mercedes went the route of the but what if that yet-untapped of the not-quite-very-rich and but still green-conscious was younger than your customer; of sportier outlook and thinking Golf GTI but wanting more exclusive?

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Mercedes-Benz SA’s CEO Martin during a model-launch presentation in in the Western Cape, edited it all thus: “A car of a new size for Mercedes, but not for the C-Class, and with a wider base. A real Mercedes but all – a style rebel with a that will stand out the crowd with four a large boot.

“Make it an car in the luxury compact segment but functionality for young families.”

the idea?

OK, but then you put a bunch of and designers together in a wind-tunnel and them to sculpt the most production car in the world – and by some – and they shield, vent, curve, bend, twist and everything (even the transverse silencer) until cold would slide off it on a still day and come up with a Cd figure of which, believe me, is bloody


The sleek S-Class has a Cd of 0.24, for instance as Herr Zimmerman pointed every reduction of 0.04 fuel consumption by 0.4 litres/100km.

The looks of the car are to the eye what they are to the lack of air resistance but most of the I was told, will be invisible to all but the who will service it on a workshop – the record-low Cd figure is down to and covering all the normally exposed bits.

The AMG hatchback version was at Kyalami back in August along with a special edition sports model.

cars as small and sexy as the new CLA and CLA 45 AMG to be able to perform, too; but how to ‘green’ while delivering Merc’s followed the now familiar of downsizing its engines but putting the go into them with each of the four models in group has a four-cylinder engine of them a diesel) ranging in from 1.6 to two litres but with outputs ranging from 90 to and from 200 to 450Nm.


Each is drive, except for the AMG which can torque delivery to up to 50/50 as demanded by the traction-reading computers, and is transmitted through either a manual or seven-speed auto latter with paddle-shifts).

And consumption data says 5.6 to 6.9 litres/100km from the least to the – which, of course, is the AMG version power output, proportional to the of cylinders, is on par with the most super-sports cars.

Mercedes is introducing a racing series for CLA AMG and it’s possible the countries could include South

“It’s really a dream car for Y,” Zimmerman said, “unconventional and It’s for younger customers, of whom would not until now thought of buying a Mercedes – or who not have afforded one.”

Which brings us neatly to the which, as with all Mercedes indeed, arch-rival BMW) very reasonable until you the “extras” list which, of buyers just won’t be dead without. Here with the base prices including VAT and CO2 tax – which is zero on the

CLA 180 1.6 (90kW/200Nm) – R348 700

CLA 200 1.6 (115kW/250Nm) – 700

CLA 200 CDi (2.2 a/t 125kW/350Nm) – R397 600

CLA 45 AMG 265kW/450Nm) – R674 400

Standard equipment includes electronic control, emergency brake wheelspin control, anti-lock airbags (including head and bags for the driver and front and knee-bag for the driver, hill-start emergency-stop flashing brake tyre-pressure monitors, drowsiness and collision prevention assistance.

Mercedes-Benz CLA 200 AT Special Series

All the usual luxury features are of course, including aircon, power seats and windows and

A Premium Drive maintenance is standard on all Mercedes-Benz cars and from R12 050 to R19 150 to the price, depending on


Now for ‘extras’, in this case on the CLA 200

These models come a seat comfort package, package, stop/start ignition, steering wheel, cruise and audio with six-disc CD but the options add up to an astonishing R96 950 if you want all, starting with 7G DCT transmission) auto at R17 000 to replace the manual (of which none was to drive on the launch) then through:

Reversing camera –

Parking assistance – R6500

cruise control – R10 500

Sliding – R11 000

COMAND online communications – R21 000

‘Intelligent’ headlights – R13 000

Media – R2500

Urban line package) – R9900

Colour-matched – R1200

There are also 15 of wheel-rim/tyre size (some at cost), about 20 choices of and an AMG sports package.

For more about the CLA and CLA AMG 45 go to the Mercedes-Benz SA website .


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