If you have been saving up to enter the coveted AMG club, your wait is finally over. Mercedes-Benz has officially launched the CLA45 AMG sports coupe in India, priced at Rs. 68.50 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). Showcased at the 2014 Auto Expo earlier this year, the CLA45 AMG is the least priced AMG vehicle to be sold in India and is the perfect amalgamation of power, performance and beauty, all put together in a very compelling package. This is the 8th AMG model to be launched in India and is the first time the AMG version is launched before the regular version in our country.
Based on the CLA-Class sedan, the Mercedes CLA45 AMG is underpinned by the MFA platform and the front fascia is similar to the A-Class, while influence from the bigger CLS four-door coupe is evident on the side and rear profile of the car. The sloping roofline coupled with the leaf-shaped tail lights only add to the magnificence of the CLA45 AMG. Add to that, the AMG body kit only inclusive of massive air intakes in the front, side skirts, rear diffuser and the trademark AMG quad exhausts surely make the overall package drool worthy.
Completing the performance look are the 10-spoke AMG alloy wheels, while the brake callipers have been finished in racing red colour scheme. Step inside the cabin and the CLA45 gets AMG add-ons to enhance the sporty character of the sedan. You get steering wheel wrapped in Alcantara, aluminium pedals, AMG sports bucket seats with red contrast stitching, red seat belts and brushed silver inserts across the dashboard. The four-door coupe gets air-con vents for rear passengers, while a sun roof is also available on the car as standard.
Powering the Mercedes CLA45 AMG is a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine under the hood. Codenamed M133, the unit is the world’s most powerful 4-cylinder engine in production producing 355 HP of staggering power at 6000 RPM and 450 Nm of torque between 2250-5000 RPM, paired to an AMG SPEEDSHIFT 7-speed automatic gearbox. Power is sent to all four wheels using the 4MATIC all-wheel drive system. Mercedes claims that 0-100 km/hr comes up in just 4.6 seconds, while the top speed has been electronically limited to 250 km/hr. The CLA45 AMG comes with 3 driving modes namely Controlled Efficiency, Sports and Manual, while there is also the ECO start/stop function for improved fuel economy.
Mercedes-Benz is aiming to catch the nascent performance market with the CLA45 AMG that will surely get more customers turning towards the Afflerbach tuned four-door coupe. The sports sedan is being brought as a Completely Built Unit (CBU) from Germany and Mercedes will soon commence deliveries across the country. With a competitive price tag, sporty cabin and mind-crackling performance, the CLA45 AMG is pure nirvana. Make sure to check out our review HERE.
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