Launched — Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 And GLA 45 Facelift

  • Nov 07, 2017

The new cars get a few visual updates and retain the turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol motor

CLA 45

Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 facelift today went on sale with a price tag of Rs 75.2 lakh (ex-showroom). The CLA 45 Aero Edition gets extra bits and pieces to add to its aerodynamic abilities, and it's priced at Rs 77.69 lakh. The Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 costs Rs 77.85 lakh while its aerodynamic variant carries a price tag of Rs 80.67 lakh.

GLA 45

Both the cars pack a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine with direct injection and a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The motor displaces a modest volume but delivers an astonishing power figure of 381PS and along with 475Nm of torque. The small motor punches above its weight and retains its position as the world's most powerful 4-cylinder engine.

That's 21PS and 25Nm more than what we saw when the CLA 45 and GLA 45 first launched in 2014. The quick-shifting dual-clutch gearbox and 4Matic all-wheel-drive complement each other and deliver good acceleration. The CLA 45 can hit 100kmph from standstill in 4.2 seconds while the GLA 45 takes 0.2 seconds more.


No other manufacturer offers a sporty variant of its entry-level luxury cars or a compact sprinter with space for four. That makes Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 and GLA 45 quite unique and without a direct competitor. However, if you're looking the baby AMGs for performance, then you may want to consider the Volvo S60 Polestar or the Audi S5. Both the cars are larger than the newest Mercedes and have comparable power figures and a sedate styling. The Audi S5 is a few lakhs cheaper, but the Polestar can save you enough to make you want to grab the CLA 200 for dessert.


If you prefer something that your eyes and ears will unanimously call 'loud', then you can also consider the Ford Mustang. Be prepared to live with the budget-class build quality and interiors, though, as the Mustang is known as an affordable performance car in its hometown.


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