Mercedes Benz CLA Class and A Class: India launch for 2013
Mercedes Benz India will be launching four new cars in 2013. These include, the newly launched CLA Class compact sedan, A Class hatchback, seven seater GL Class SUV and B Class diesel.
AutoCar reports, of these four new cars, Mercedes Benz India will first launch their seven seater GL Class SUV. This full-size 5 door luxury crossover SUV was first launched in 2006, and is currently in its second generation. The GL Class is available in 3.0L V6 diesel, 4.6L V8 petrol, and 5.5L biturbo petrol V8 AMG variants. The one’s that will be launched for India, will be announced at the launch.
After this, Mercedes Benz India will introduce the much awaited B Class diesel and the A Class. India got the B Class last year, but only with a 1.6L petrol option. This year, B Class will get a diesel engine in the form of B200 CDI, which will be powered by a 1.8L mill generating 134 bhp. The A Class will share its engines with the B Class in the form of A180 petrol and A200 CDI, which will be available right from the start.
The last, but definitely not the least, the newly launched compact sedan, the CLA Class. Mercedes Benz launched the CLA Class at the 2013 Detroit Motor Show last week, with a starting price of €28,977 ($38,794 or Rs 21.13 lakhs). The CLA sedan is available in 1.6L and 2.0L petrol and 2.2L diesel. Again, what India gets, will be revealed later during launch.
All three, A Class, B Class, and CLA Class are built on the new Mercedes Benz MFA (modular front-wheel-drive architecture) platform. Mercedes Benz has failed to compete with Audi and BMW in India, majorly due to the unavailability of an entry level car like the X1 or Q3. In India, Mercedes Benz sales for the year 2012, declined by 3.9%, whereas BMW’s stood stable and Audi’s increased by 63%. The launch of these new cars will help MB India to regain lost ground in the luxury car segment of the Indian auto industry.