It will be the cheapest and smallest Mercedes saloon to be sold in India when it arrives next year, but Mercedes-Benz wants to refer to it as a 'four-door coupe'. A smaller sibling to the CLS then, the CLA will probably be priced in the region of Rs 22-Rs 26 lakh.
And mind you, if this is the sign of future Mercedes-Benz designs, then the competition clearly need to up their ante. Easily the most gorgeous three-pointed star from Stuttgart in a while, the CLA is based on the Modular Front Architecture (MFA) platform that also houses the B-Class and the other India-arrival, the A-Class.
On the inside too, there are lots of A-Class bits, except the sloping roof and the optional LED lighting on the headlining. Powertrains include a 1.6-litre petrol with two power ratings (badged CLA 180 and CLA 200), a 2.2-litre diesel motor and a more powerful CLA 250 with 211 bhp. India would most likely get the smaller petrol motor and the diesel engine to begin with. A more powerful AMG version is on the cards and a lucky few in India may want to try their luck at it when it does arrive.