First of all, we want to clear the air. The Mercedes-Benz A-Class sedan isnt the same as the CLA. The A-Class sedan is something that has been in the Chinese market for a long time. Like the good folks at the US, the Chinese guys like their vehicles to be really spacious and big. So most of the cars you get in the Chinese market are exclusive to them. What is really heartening is that now few of the models are making their way to the other markets too. The new Mercedes-Benz A-Class sedan is one such car which is being evaluated for the Indian car market.
Tell me more about the Mercedes-Benz A-Class sedan
The Mercedes-Benz A-Class sedan measures 4,549mm in length, 1,796mm in width and is 1,446mm tall. Wheelbase of the car is 2,729mm. In contrast, the CLA is slightly longer but is otherwise dwarfed by the A-Class sedan in all other aspects. Even the drag coefficient is lower at 0.22Cd compared to the 0.23Cd of the CLA. In terms of looks, however the A-Class sedan takes off after the new A-Class hatchback while the CLA is still in its previous generation. We also like the fact that the Mercedes-Benz A-Class sedan has more space in the cabin as well as gets MBUX infotainment system. Apple CarPlay as well as Android Auto too are standard with this touchscreen system. Boot space at 420 litre though could have been better.
In terms of powertrain, the A-Class sedan will get a 1.3-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine which makes 163PS and 250Nm . There is also a1.5-litre, four-cylinder diesel that is good for 116PS and 260Nm. While a 6-speed manual is standard, India will most likely get the 7-speed dual clutch transmission.
On the sidelines of the new CLS launch, Michael Jopp, the VP, sales and marketing Mercedes-Benz India, said that they are evaluating the prospects of the car. He further said that this doesn’t mean the CLA will be axed. Instead, it is likely that both may also co-exist, thus giving the buyer more options within the Mercedes fold.