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2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA on sale in Australia from $52,500

Mercedes-Benz has announced the updated, 2017 model CLA-Class for Australia, including the insane CLA 45 AMG with its record-breaking engine.

2017 Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 Shooting Brake

Four main variant lines are on offer once again, spanning from the CLA 200, 220 d, 250 Sport, to the 45 AMG 4MATIC. All come with a turbocharged engine, and all are available in four-door coupe form and Shooting Brake wagon form.

At the start of the range is the 200, featuring a 1.6-litre turbo-petrol engine producing 115kW and 250Nm. It comes standard with LED headlights, Dynamic Select driving modes, and digital radio, while the Shooting Brake version gets Keyless-Go package, with hands-free access and a power tailgate.

Stepping up to the 220 d gets you a 2.1-litre turbo-diesel producing 130kW and 350Nm (up 30kW/50Nm from previous model), providing a combined cycle fuel consumption of just 4.2L/100km.

For the petrol fans, the updated CLA 250 Sport comes with a revised 2.0-litre turbo generating 150kW and 350Nm. It comes standard with 4MATIC all-wheel drive, AMG Ride Control suspension, a panoramic glass roof, 18-inch alloy wheels, and sports seats.

At the top of the range is the CLA 45 AMG. This comes with a 2.0-litre turbo producing 280kW and 475Nm, making it the most powerful 2.0-litre production engine in the world. Acceleration from 0-100km/h takes just 4.2 seconds in the four-door coupe and 4.3 in the wagon.

As standard, the AMG version comes with 19-inch alloy wheels, an AMG bodykit, AMG sports exhaust and brakes, AMG seats, and a Harmon Kardon Logic 7 surround sound system as standard with Command Navigation.

The new models are on sale and available through dealerships now, with prices starting from the following (excludes on-road costs):

2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA 200 – $52,500
2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA 220 d – $53,900
2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 Sport 4MATIC – $67,600
2017 Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 4MATIC – $92,215

2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA 200 Shooting Brake – $54,000
2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA 220 d Shooting Brake – $55,400
2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 Sport 4MATIC Shooting Brake – $68,600
2017 Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 4MATIC Shooting Brake – $92,215

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.