Published on September 10th, 2016 | by Subhash Nair


Mercedes-Benz Introduces New CLA 200, CLA 250 4MATIC and Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 4MATIC

Following the successful launch of the new generation A-Class in March this year, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia launched the new generation CLA.


All models sold in Malaysia will be equipped with AMG Line exterior. This design and equipment line combines carefully coordinated features to further increase the sportiness and exclusivity of the vehicle. Dynamic looks from all angles are ensured by powerful AMG bodystyling comprising of front apron, rear apron, side sill panels, plus a diamond radiator grille with chrome pins and the twin-pipe exhaust system with chrome-plated tailpipe trim. The lowered sports suspension improves handling and increases driving pleasure.


The CLA is equipped with diamond radiator grille in chrome pins, plus a new front bumper with chrome trim strip. The rear bumper is available with a panel incorporating a trim strip in chrome on the CLA 200 or black (with Night package on the CLA 250 Sport 4MATIC) between the tailpipes. The tailpipe trim panels themselves are now integrated flush into the bumper. This adds visual width to the vehicle and ensures a superior high-quality appearance thanks to even and narrow gaps where the panels join.


Rounding off the striking exterior, the CLA 200 is equipped with 18” AMG multi-spoke light-alloy wheels (19” AMG cross-spoke light-alloy wheels on the CLA 250 Sport 4MATIC), perforated brake discs at the front callipers at the front with Mercedes-Benz lettering.


The interior also benefits from features such as new seat covers and trim parts, as well as chrome-plated controls. The highlight here is a much slimmer-looking freestanding 20.3 cm media display with a new-style glass cover. The CLA 200 and CLA 250 Sport 4MATIC are equipped with the Audio 20 CD system, while the Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 is equipped with COMAND Online. There are also new dials and red needles in the instrument cluster.


Meticulous attention to detail is also evident from the silver chrome finish to the controls and to the fascia and switches in the doors for the electrically adjustable seats, as well as from the chrome surround to the stowage compartment in the centre console.


The CLA 200 and CLA 250 Sport 4MATIC features new trim elements in black DINAMICA microfiber serve to liven up the interior, boasting a sportier interior character, including sports seats in ARTICO man-made leather / DINAMICA microfiber, a multifunction sports steering wheel with flattened bottom section and a shift lever in perforated leather with contrasting red topstitching.



The CLA is fitted with LED High Performance headlamps. Their colour temperature is closer to that of daylight and xenon headlamps, for example. This is more restful to the eyes and therefore provides relief to the driver at night. The 34-watt LED low-beam headlamps also have very low energy consumption – around 60 percent less than xenon and around 70 percent less than halogen.


The low-beam headlamps use LED projection technology, while the main-beam headlamps use LED reflection technology. Direction indicator, daytime running lamps and position lights are in the form of multifunctional fibre-optic cables, which are also used for the ‘Coming Home’ function. As all lights use LED technology, there is never a need to change a bulb over the entire service life of the vehicle.


The LED High Performance headlamps are combined here with tail lights with automatic intensity control. These reduce the dazzling effect for vehicles following. The multi-level functionality regulates the brightness of the brake lights and direction indicators in three stages (Day/Night time driving/ Night time stationary).


The CLA has already previously included the latest generation of assistance and safety systems that are in some cases, only now gradually being introduced in the other model series. Among these are, for example, Active Brake Assist as standard.


“Avantgarde meets Driving Performance” is the motto for the Mercedes-AMG models CLA 45 4MATIC. The CLA 45 offers a unique combination of a fascinatingly sporty driving experience, extravagant design and maximum individuality, while also benefiting from the facelift modifications. Some items that were previously options. Such as the LED High Performance headlamps, now come as standard. The twin louvre in the radiator grille is finished in silver chrome.


The aerodynamics has been further improved and the Cd value reduced, all to the benefit of the driving dynamics and stability. In the case of the Coupe for example, the design of the AMG spoiler lip on the boot lid is new. Further exterior features of the facelift include the AMG front apron in a new A-wing design with front splitter inserts in matt titanium grey and high-gloss black. The latter also helps improve the flow of cooling air. New at the rear is the design of the diffuser insert, with four vertical fins. The CLA 45 4MATIC is also equipped with AMG Aerodynamics package. This comprises a larger front splitter, a black AMG spoiler lip at the rear plus spoiler lips over simulated air outlets on either side at the back.


The interior has been similarly upgraded. The instrument panel is upholstered as standard in ARTICO man-made leather, as are beltlines with an exclusive finishing touch of red contrasting topstitching. The trim element represents a further highlight: this features a matt printed finish, although the essential structure still has a polished surface that bears the AMG logo.


With a peak performance of 381hp and maximum torque of 475 Nm, the Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 4Matic coupe are among the powerful vehicles in their segment, accelerating from rest to 100km/h in just 4.2 seconds. At the same time, fuel consumption of just 6.9L/100km underlines the trailblazing standards of efficiency achieved by Mercedes-AMG.


Along with the more powerful engine, the new features included the AMG DYNAMIC SELECT transmission modes as standard, plus the shorter gear ratios of the AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sports transmission.



 CLA 200CLA 250 Sport 4MATICCLA 45 4MATIC
Cylinder arrangementIn-line 4In-line 4In-line 4
Displacement (cc)159519911991
Rated output (hp @ rpm)156 @ 5300211 @ 5500381 @ 6000
Rated torque (Nm @ rpm)250 @ 1250-4000350 @ 1200-4000475 @ 2250-5000
Fuel consumption (L/100km)
Acceleration from 0-100km/h (s)
Top Speed (km/h)230240250
Price (OTR w/o insurance)RM236,888RM278,888RM408,888


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