Mercedes-Benz South Africa has released local pricing for its new CLA range, which will comprise just a pair of derivatives (one petrol and the other diesel) at launch in the third quarter of 2019.

The second-generation line-up will kick off with the CLA200, powered by the same turbocharged 1,3-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine used by the entry-level versions of the A-Class hatch and saloon, directing 120 kW and 250 N.m to the front axle via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Priced from R571 006, the CLA200 will command a R37 226 premium over the equivalent A-Class Sedan.

The other variant set to be offered at launch is the oil-burning CLA220d, priced from R612 800. This model employs a 2,0-litre, four-cylinder turbodiesel engine churning out 140 kW and 400 N.m (and mated to the front wheels via an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission). Special "Edition 1" versions of each model will be offered for an additional R98 600.

No word yet on when the CLA250 (with its 165 kW/350 N.m 2,0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine) or the Mercedes-AMG CLA35 4Matic (boasting 225 kW and 400 N.m plus all-wheel drive) are destined to arrive in South Africa.

The initial two derivatives in the new CLA range are already available to configure on Mercedes-Benz SA’s website, where items such as the AMG Line package (R50 175), various fresh alloy wheels (up to 19 inches in diameter) and a panoramic sliding sunroof (R15 800) are offered. Adaptive damping (R16 800), heated/cooled front seats (R15 100) and wireless smartphone charging (R3 400) are also on the lengthy list of extras.

The latest MBUX multimedia system will ship standard (although can be further upgraded with the R19 500 “innovation package” and R5 200 “interior assistant”), while specifying the 10,25-inch display will cost you an additional R11 100 (and opting for a fully digital instrument cluster will add R7 650 to the total).