The Mercedes-Benz CLA has arrived and is now on show at Silver Star Motors, Stewart's Auto, along South Camp Road. If the classy set of wheels is already your ride of choice, the following features will merely cement your decision to have chosen the brand. But if you are a new convert or just thinking of an upgrade, be prepared to salivate, swoon or even experience orgasmic sensations upon being given a demonstration of what this car is all about.
Actually, the CLA targets a younger, more hip, technologically savvy and generally sophisticated customer, who still feels the need for a little speed. So, going forward, the makers of Mercedes-Benz will be gradually breaking away from catering solely to the needs of its usual ultra-conservative clientele.
The two models in the showroom - one sparkling white and the other bright red, are now going at $6.5 million. This 156-horsepower, four-door coupe, 4.6 metres long, is uncharted territory for the Benz. The bonnet blends elegantly into the front end, which features a 'diamond' studded grille.
For those who traverse mostly dark country roads, the car has a 'clever-eyes' feature with bi-xenon headlamps in an intelligent lighting system, making light brighter as speed increases thus providing better illumination to the side and swivel by 15 degrees in bends.
Aesthetically, there is ample leg room at the back and inside the trunk, and the black seats have red topstitching, while the interior and exterior feature chrome trim. Naturally, the tail lamps are full LED and arranged in two arrow-shaped planes that follow the contour of the red lens.
The car comes equipped with a radar-based collision-prevention assist system that helps prevent rear-end collisions as well as protect the diamond grille in front. These are just some of the features of this beauty. Go to the showroom at Silver Star Motors Limited.
... a coupe with a difference
Jackie Sangster, who heads the team at Silver Star Motors Limited, shows the diamond grille on the new Mercedes-Benz CLA during a preview of the two new models last week. - Photos by Rudolph Brown/Photographer
The seats feature red topstitching.
The dashboard features a collision-prevention assist display screen.
There is ample leg room for passengers in the rear.
Rear seats fold down to give you more space in an already spacious trunk.