C117 Mercedes-Benz CLA arrives in Oz from October 2013

Mercedes-Benz Australia has confirmed that the CLA range will arrive in Australia from October 2013. The all petrol engine range kicks off at just under A$50k.

For Australia the Mercedes-Benz CLA range starts at A$49,900 for the CLA200 powered by a 115kW/250Nm 1.6-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that sends all its power to the front wheels. Standard on the CLA200 are 18-inch alloy wheels, climate control, Becker navigation system, reversing camera, blind spot monitoring, pop-up bonnet to lessen pedestrian impact, and collision prevention assistance.

Next up is the A$63,400 CLA250 Sport that has a 155kW/350Nm 2-litre turbo powering the front wheels. In addition to a more potent engine the CLA250 Sports gains stack of AMG modifications, like 18-inch alloy wheels, sportier suspension, sports pedals and steering wheel. There’s also a standard diamond-look grille, intelligent lighting system, and sports front seats with electronic operation and memory settings.

At the top of the tree is the A$86,900 CLA45 AMG which is powered by the world’s most powerful production 4-cylinder engine. The 2-litre engine generates 265kW of power and 450Nm of torque on overboost, and all that fury and bombast goes to all four wheels.

Additional equipment for the CLA45 AMG includes Comand nav system, Harmon Kardon Logic 7 surround sound system, lane keeping assistance, radar-guided cruise control, and even more AMG modifications.

No word yet on whether Australia will receive the 6-speed manual in addition to the 7-speed dual-clutch auto.

Australia misses out, for now, on the less powerful petrol-powered CLA180 and diesel-powered CLA220 CDI amongst other options offered overseas.

  CLA200 CLA250 CLA45
Engine 1.6L 4-cyl turbo 2L 4-cyl turbo 2L 4-cyl turbo
Power 115kW 155kW 265kW
Torque 250Nm 350Nm 450Nm*
Drive Front-wheel Front-wheel All-wheel
Fuel economy 5.7L/100km 6.6L/100km † 6.9L/100km †
0-100km/h ? ? 4.6s
Top speed ? ? 270km/h

* On overboost.
† Figures from the equivalent A-Class model.

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