The new Mercedes-Benz CLA.
The new Mercedes-Benz CLA.

Sleek little Mercedes-Benz CLA starts from under $50,000

SLEEK and sexy, the new Mercedes-Benz CLA will start from a shade under $50,000 when it arrives in October.

There will be three variants, with the mid spec CLA 250 Sport starting at $63,400 while the range-topping CLA 45 AMG will start at $86,900 (plus on-roads).

Claimed to be the world's most aerodynamic production vehicle, Mercedes-Benz says this will create a new genre in the compact segment. 

The CLA 200 produces a maximum output of 115kW and 250Nm of torque from the 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine, returning fuel consumption of 5.7L/100km (combined). Standard features include sat nav, 18-inch alloys, a reversing camera, bi-Xenon headlamps, active park assist, nine airbags, blind spot and collision warnings, synthetic leather sports seats, multi media screen, illuminated door sills and climate control air con.

The sporty CLA 250 Sport utilises a 2.0-litre four-cylinder direct injection turbocharged engine to produce 155kW and 350Nm of torque. It gains AMG styling, diamond grille, Intelligent Light System, AMG wheels, sports pedals, AMG tuned suspension and sports steering wheel.

The Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG delivers a maximum output of 265kW and up to 450Nm of torque. The 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine in combination with the all-wheel drive system, enables it to accelerate from 0-100kmh in  4.6 seconds, while its top speed is 270 km/h (electronically limited).

"The new CLA-Class seamlessly transfers the expressive avant-garde coupé design into series production," said Horst Von Sanden, managing director Mercedes-Benz Cars Australia/Pacific.

"The CLA-Class redefines aerodynamic efficiency and emphasises the desire to provide our customers with cutting-edge technology and safety equipment."