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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.

Small.

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

‘REBEL WITH A STAND-OUT

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?

Video: Merc v Beemer v GTI

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

COVERING THE BITS

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 … 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.

ON PAR WITH SUPERCARS

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.”

brings us neatly to the prices. as with all Mercedes (and, arch-rival BMW) look reasonable until you read the list which, of course, just won’t be seen without. Here goes the base prices (all VAT and CO2 tax – which is zero on the diesel):

CLA 180 1.6 – R348 700

CLA 200 1.6 (115kW/250Nm) – R372 700

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

CLA 45 AMG (2.0 – R674 400

Standard safety includes electronic stability emergency brake pressure, control, anti-lock brakes, (including head and thorax for the driver and front passenger and for the driver, hill-start assistance, flashing brake lights, monitors, drowsiness detection and prevention assistance.

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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

AND THE SMALL MATTER OF EXTRAS

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 sunroof – R11 000

COMAND communications – R21 000

‘Intelligent’ headlights – R13 000


interface – R2500

Urban (styling package) – R9900

grille – R1200

There are 15 variations of wheel-rim/tyre size at extra cost), about 20 of upholstery and an AMG sports package.

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

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