Why we think Malaysians won't get the Mercedes-Benz CLA 200 or CLA 250

Shaun · Feb 19, 2020 10:30 AM

Mercedes-Benz CLA cover

Revealed early last year, the second-generation Mercedes-Benz CLA (C118) carries on the recipe that made its predecessor a success – sleek design, compact dimensions, and naturally, the badge.

Mercedes-Benz CLA rear

Since the first generation CLA, younger demographics began to be associated with the brand, which marked the start of the change in brand image. These days, you’re more likely to find Mercedes-Benzes parked around popular hangout areas in KL than a Honda Civic Type R (FK8), for example.

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If it’s so successful, why isn’t the new one coming here?

Well, with the Mercedes-Benz A-Class around, particularly the A-Class sedan, there isn’t much of a differentiation between the A-Class sedan and the CLA.

Mercedes-Benz A-Class & CLA

CLA (left) and A-Class (right)

Both are underpinned by the same platform, features the same interior and powered by the same engines. To put it bluntly, they are just wearing different sets of outfits.

Roll in the AMG

However, that’s not to say we won’t get the red-hot Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 because the A45 is only available as a hatchback.

Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 front

It’s only a matter of time before the Mercedes-AMG A45 arrives, and we would hazard a guess to say that the CLA 45 will probably be alongside it. Both likely in their most powerful S variant.

Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 rear

Just a quick run through of the CLA 45 S

  • 421 PS at 6,750 rpm
  • 500 Nm at 5,000-5,250 rpm
  • 8-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT)
  • 4Matic+ all-wheel drive with Drift mode
  • 0-100 km/h in 4.0 seconds
  • Top speed limited to 270 km/h

​Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 interior

Currently, the CLA 45 has the market all to its own. BMW has the M235i Gran Coupe but that's closer to the CLA 35, and the Audi RS3 exists as a traditional sedan/hatch body type.

Perhaps there'll be a M2 Gran Coupe in the future, but for now the CLA 45 has no direct rivals.

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Shaun

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The quest for automotive knowledge began as soon as the earliest memories. Various sources information, even questionable ones, have been explored including video games, television, magazines, or even internet forums. Still stuck in that rabbit hole.

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