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After the successful launch of the new A-class, Mercedes-Benz now introduced the new CLA, a four-door premium coupé in the intermediate market segment during the Mercedes Petronas F1 party (which also coincide with the successful one-two finish in the Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix).

Mercedes-Benz CLA 200
Mercedes-Benz CLA 200

The new Mercedes-Benz CLA 200 is a thing of beauty, with a gentle sloping roof contour, a design element that provides the CLA with a coupé-style character from the rear. A four-door coupé that is.

First off, lets look at the skinny:

  • Engine displacement: 1595 cc, 4/in-line, 4 valves per cylinder
  • Mixture formation: Electronically controlled direct petrol injection with piezo injectors, exhaust gas turbocharger
  • Transmission: 7G-DCT automatic transmission (yes, that’s 7 speed)
  • Front axle: McPherson suspension with spring strut and wishbone, coil springs, gas pressure shock absorber, stabilizer bar
  • Rear axle: Four-link rear axle, coil springs, gas pressure shock absorber, stabilizer bar
  • Braking system: Internally ventilated disc brakes at front, solid disc brakes at rear, electric parking brake, ABS, Brake Assist, ESP®
  • Steering: Electromechanical rack-and-pinion power steering
  • Wheels & Tyres: 7.5 J x 18, 225/40 R 18
  • Output: 115kw, or 156 hp at 5300 rpm
  • Torque: 250 Nm at 1250-4000 rpm

LED daytime running light
LED daytime running light

The above information basically means that the car is able to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 8.5 seconds and has a top speed of 230 km/h while only having a combined fuel consumption figure of 5.2-5.5 L/100 km.

In another word, it consumes less gasoline than some bigger displacement motorcycles and be able to fit five adults with a week’s worth of luggage.

The exterior of the car is breathtakingly beautiful, with LED daylight running lights arranged in a way that create a “flare effect”. The front is classy yet aggressive, with a width-emphasizing rear that radiates power and athleticism.

the interior of Mercedes-Benz CLA 200
the interior of Mercedes-Benz CLA 200

The sporty appearance of the CLA continues inside the car, with round vents in high quality electroplated finish and every part that reveals meticulous attention to detail. For example, the free-standing display screen features a black piano-lacquer-look front panel and seats that feature coloured contrasting stitching.

The front seats are electrically adjustable with memory function, and the steering wheel comes with 12 function buttons. Then there’s also a high-resolution 11.4 cm colour display in the instrument cluster, things you expect from a Mercedes-Benz.

rear view of Mercedes-Benz CLA 200
rear view of Mercedes-Benz CLA 200

On the safety side, the Mercedes-Benz CLA 200 is certainly not lacking. There are four phases of safety approach built into the car.

Phase 1: safe driving
Adaptive Brake Lights (flashing), Attention Assist, Electronic Stability Program (ESP), headlamp assist, Collision Prevention Assist (issues warning when the system detects the danger of a rear-end collision, activates when traveling faster than 7km/h), and Adaptive Brake system all come standard.

Phase 2: in critical situation
Anti-lock braking system (ABS), Acceleration skid control (ASR), and Brake Assist System.

Phase 3: in an accident
Airbags for driver and front passenger, active engine bonnet, ISOFIX child seat attachment, kneebag for driver, sidebags for driver and front passenger, and windowbags

Phase 4: after an accident
To reduce consequential damage, the engine can be turned off automatically and the fuel supply can be cut off, hazard and emergency interior lights can activate automatically, door locking mechanism can be automatically released.

The performance, design, and the frugal gasoline consumption are awesome, but what really impressed me the most is the host of safety features in the CLA.

If you’re in the market for a new car in this segment, the CLA 200, priced at RM 235,888, is certainly worth taking a look at.

For more information, kindly log on to www.mercedes-benz.com.my or visit Mercedes-Benz Malaysia Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/MercedesBenzMalaysia

I’ve always been a fan of the Mercedes GP PETRONAS Formula One Team, I attended the demo run back in March 2013 to catch the SLS AMG GT3 car and the 2013 Mercedes AMG PETRONAS race car, caught Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton at KLCC, and went to the 2013 Formula 1 race at Sepang as well.

You can imagine how much I anticipated the launch of the all new Mercedes-Benz A-Class, as a fan, all those teasers videos only exacerbated the excruciating wait.

what a handsome creature, the A200 of course
what a handsome creature, the A200 of course

Mercedes-Benz has always been synonymous with success and achievement. While there is a lot yet that I have to achieve to consider myself successful in my career and as a person, I would love to own a Mercedes when I get there. The A-Class would be the perfect vehicle at that point. Don’t I look pretty decent next to the car in the picture above? *bow*

In terms of styling, features, and performance, it’s really hard to find anything that comes close to what is offered here. I’m a bit of a car enthusiast myself so this post will talk about the car in detail from the impression that I get after attending the launch event on the 27th of June at Renoma Cafe.

Mercedes Benz A200 and A250 steering wheel
I can certainly get used to be behind this everyday

At first glance, the A 200 and A 250 exude design and dynamism. The exterior is a blend of sporty curves punctuated by bold styling, and the interior is pure class, we’ll get into that a little later.

The A Class comes in two versions and both shares the same five-seater, 2-box design. The rear seats fit for three adults, and the boot volume is a surprisingly large 341 litres. As with most hatch, folding down the rear seats give you additional boot volume, and in the case of the A Class, you get all the way to 1157 litres.

To put things into perspective, my fairly large kitchen fridge is only about 1/3 of that storage capacity.

A 200 BlueEFFICIENCY (left), A 250 Sport (right)
Mercedes-Benz A 200 BlueEFFICIENCY (left), A 250 Sport (right)

It is a very beautiful car, lets talk about the exterior.

The headlights with the configuration function within them are key elements of the design concept, with the LEDs behind headlamp cover glass arranged in such a way to create a “flare effect” for daytime driving lights and indicators.

At the rear, the light functions are provided by fibre-optic cables and LED modules as well, with design that emphasizes  the width with the muscular shoulders towards the back.

Mercedes-Benz Malaysia VP for Sales and Marketing - Mr. Kai Schlickum
Mercedes-Benz Malaysia VP for Sales and Marketing – Mr. Kai Schlickum &
CEO Roland S. Folger with the A200 BlueEFFICIENCY

Both versions spot 18″ alloy wheels, the A 200 has a black radiator grille featuring two louvres with a central star, while the A 250 comes with the striking diamond radiator grille.

In any angle, the A-Class looks absolutely stunning, and with a drag coefficient of only 0.28, they are sleek not just for the eyes, but through the air as well.

the new Mercedes A-Class - A 250 Sport and A A 200 BlueEFFICIENCY
the new Mercedes A-Class – A 250 Sport and A A 200 BlueEFFICIENCY

Under the hood, the A 200 BlueEFFICIENCY runs the 1.6L turbocharged in-line 4 that pumps out 156 HP at 5300 rpm with 250 Nm of torque starting from 1250 to 4000 rpm. That is some impressive number for a 1.6L engine, which gets you a combined fuel consumption of only 5.4-5.7 l/100km while being able to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in a respectable 8.3s. Top speed is 224 km/h.

Meanwhile, the A 250 Sport is equipped with a 2.0L turbocharged engine with 211 HP at 5500 rpm and 350 Nm of torque from 1200 to 4000 rpm. Combined fuel consumption is rated at 6.4 l/100km and the car is capable of 6.6s in the century run with top speed of 240 km/h.

The A-Class uses slightly different versions of 7G-DCT dual-clutch automatic transmission on the BlueEFFICIENCY and Sport model, and yes, they have seven speeds.

diamond grille, 18" alloy wheel, big trunk space
diamond grille, 18″ alloy wheel, big trunk space

If the look and performance of the car hasn’t impressed you, take a look inside. Both cockpits were beautifully designed, with sporty instrument cluster, TFT color display, 6-disc CD changer, Bluetooth connectivity and 6-speaker system with a total output of 4×25 watts.

Both front seats are electrically adjustable with memory functions, and the multi-function steering wheel comes with gear shift paddles too. The A 250 distinct itself further with carbon-fibre look and various red trims inspired from the AMG bodystyling.

the interior of the A250 Sport
the interior of the A250 Sport

Other safety measures incorporated are adaptive high beam assist (A 250 only), attention assist, brake hold function, hill-start assist, active parking assist (you will love this!), reverse camera, and PRE-SAFE.

Mercedes-Benz has always been associated with symbol of success and achievement in life, it is definitely a car worth a serious consideration for anyone who is looking for their next ride.

The Mercedes-Benz A 200 is priced at RM 198,888 on the road, while the A 250 at RM 238,888. With a downpayment of RM 39,777.60, monthly instalment will be at RM 2,333 for sixty month (5 years).

note: There’s a RM 50,000 deferred payment –

End of the Agreement Options:
1. Pay off the deferred amount and take full ownership of the vehicle.
2. Extend finance by re-financing the deferred amount.
3. Trade in your vehicle for a new Mercedes-Benz.

Click here for more details.

As Mr. Kai Schlickum said, there is no direct competition for the A-Class. I agree.

Check out more details at Mercedes-Benz’s website.