Mercedes-Benz CLA: A thing of beauty
New CLA will dispel any notion that Mercedes- Benz cars are only for elderly businessmen
If you are a young, successful executive in the market for a premium German car but have been shunning the three-pointed star because of its association with portly towkays, the Mercedes-Benz CLA is supposed to change your mind.
Based on looks alone, it has half the battle won. Looking like a rebellious offspring of a union between an A-class and CLS, this compact four-door coupe's proportions are, quite simply, breathtaking.
With a sloping roofline a la CLS and more concave and convex surfaces than a Sports Illustrated model, the CLA exudes style and sexiness.
Its contours are not just for show either. With extensive underbody panelling, a streamlined rear section, aerodynamic wheels and numerous fins and spoilers on the wheel arches, the CLA has a drag-coefficient (Cd) value of just 0.23.
Price: To be announced when car arrives in the fourth quarter
Engine: 1,991cc 16-valve inline-4 turbocharged
Transmission: Seven-speed dual-clutch automatic with manual override
Power: 211bhp at 5,500rpm
Torque: 350Nm at 1,200-4,000rpm
0-100kmh: 6.7 seconds
Top speed: 240kmh
Fuel consumption: 6.2 litres/100km
Agent: Cycle & Carriage