Mercedes-Benz South Africa has quietly added the new Mercedes-AMG CLA35 to its online configurator, revealing local pricing for the newcomer soon after doing the same with the A35 hot hatch.
So, what sort of cash are we looking at here? Well, the fresh-faced CLA35 4Matic – which slots in at the top of the CLA range until the CLA45 S arrives – will start at R855 766, before any optional extras (there are many) have been selected. That makes it a good R100 820 more expensive than the A35 hatchback (local pricing for the A35 Sedan has yet to drop).
Like the hatchback and sedan versions, the four-door CLA35 employs the automaker's turbocharged 2,0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine worth 225 kW and 400 N.m, variably distributed to all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (and delivering what the firm describes as an “emotional engine sound”).
That’s enough grunt, says the Affalterbach-based division, for a sprint from standstill to 100 km/h in 4,9 seconds (one-tenth slower than the sedan and two-tenths behind the hatchback) and an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h.
Work your way through the local configurator and you’ll notice optional items such as the driving assistance package (R30 000), AMG aerodynamics package (R21 800), AMG performance high-end seat package (R77 000) and parking package with 360-degree camera (R21 000).
Other interesting extras include 19-inch alloys (18-inch items are standard) for up to R16 600 a set, a panoramic sliding sunroof (R15 200), climatised front seats (R12 000), a fully digital instrument display (R6 500), a head-up display (R15 000) and a reversing camera (R5 000). The firm's adaptive damping system will cost you an extra R22 400, while keyless go is priced at R9 000. While the MBUX infotainment system ships standard, the MBUX interior assistance (R4 500) and the 10,25-inch display (R10 000) will cost you extra.
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