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It has certainly been a busy week for Mercedes-Benz Malaysia – the company first launched the W222 S-Class last Tuesday, and on Saturday night at the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 party officially introduced the CLA-Class in the country, after showcasing the car throughout the week in Suria KLCC.

UPDATE: We’ve driven the Mercedes-Benz CLA 200 – read our full review here.

As previously intimated, both CLA 200 and CLA 45 AMG are the variants that will be sold here. Unlike the W176 A-Class, there’s no 250 version for the C117, so you’ll have to make do with one of these two if you’re into the sedan. The CLA 200 rolls in at RM235,888, which is a RM37k premium over its A-Class hatch sibling.

Pricing for the CLA 45 AMG hasn’t yet been confirmed – it was announced that the estimated price for the car is RM400,000 at this point (like the A 45 AMG was when it was introduced and before its eventual RM348,888 pricing was officially confirmed), but expect it to be lower when the final rate comes about.

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The powertrains on both cars are familiar units – the CLA 200 is equipped with the same Camtronic-equipped M 270 DE 16 AL 1.6 litre mill as found on the A 200, with 154 hp at 5,000 rpm and 250 Nm at 1,250 to 4,000 rpm for output numbers.

The lump is mated to a seven-speed 7G-DCT transmission, and performance figures for the 1,430 kg vehicle include a 0-100 km/h time of 8.5 seconds and a 230 km/h top speed. Standard kit includes Attention Assist drowsiness detection, Active Parking Assist and radar-based Collision Prevention Assist with adaptive Brake Assist, which is now active from seven km/h on (previously, it was above 30 km/h). Also on, a Direct Steer electromechanical power steering system.

As seen in previous spyshot sets, the CLA 200 comes dressed in an Urban equipment line, complete with a two-pipe exhaust system, a chrome rear diffuser cutout and interior decorative trim done in silver chrome, as well as a Night Package, identifiable by the black wing mirror caps and high-gloss waistline trim strip.

Wheels are 18-inch two-tone, twin-spoke units, shod with 225/40 rubbers. As for the interior scheme, the launch car had a full black interior, as opposed to the crystal grey/black combination seen in the initial spyshot set.

The CLA 45 AMG, meanwhile, made its debut showing in the country in its Edition 1 form. It of course has the same hand-built 2.0 litre turbocharged engine – offering 360 hp and 450 Nm – as seen on the A 45 AMG, and like the hatch, there’s an AMG Speedshift DCT 7-speed sports transmission and AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive on this one. Wheels are 19-inch units, wrapped with 235/35 series rubbers.

We hear that, like in the case of the A-Class when it arrived, response for the CLA-Class has been brisk – the first batch of the CBU offering has been snapped up, and at the going rate, potential customers can expect a bit of a wait, especially in the case of the CLA 45 AMG.