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Mercedes-Benz Malaysia has showcased the entry level version of its recently-facelifted CLA four-door coupé in IOI City Mall. The new Mercedes-Benz CLA 200 gains a few added bits, in exchange for a little extra outlay compared to the previous CLA 200 – the price is now a modest RM3,000 higher at RM236,888 on-the-road without insurance, inclusive of a four-year, unlimited-mileage warranty.

So what do you get for the three large? Well, the most noticeable difference is that the CLA 200 now gets the AMG Line appearance package, hitherto available only on the mid-table, RM278,888 CLA 250 4Matic. The 18-inch AMG multi-spoke alloy wheels are also new, and give the CLA 200 more than a passing resemblance to the full-fat, upwards-of-RM400k AMG CLA 45.

However, the previous car’s Night Package, which added gloss black exterior accents, have been ditched on the new model. The door mirror caps, front splitter, side skirt inserts and rear diffuser are now in body colour, and the window trim strips are picked out in satin chrome.

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The new kit comes hand-in-hand with the styling revisions applied to all CLA models, including new LED High Performance headlights that replace the old bi-xenon units, revised tail light graphics, reprofiled front and rear bumpers and twin integrated exhaust exits.

Not much has changed inside – the sizeable eight-inch Media Display and flatter audio face buttons were introduced last year, but the facelift adds chrome-plated trim around some of the switchgear, as well as a revised instrument cluster with white-on-black dials and red needles for improved clarity.

A new C-Class-style steering wheel was also introduced in last year’s update, but the new car’s AMG Line interior affords it a flat-bottomed wheel, plus red stitching on the Artico faux leather upholstery. One unfortunate omission from the new CLA 200 is the authentic carbon fibre trim that was also incorporated last year – that one’s now reserved for the CLA 45.

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In its place is brushed aluminium trim; other than that, the specs remain the same as before. There’s still manual air-conditioning and no Keyless-Go, but you do get Light and Sight ambient lighting, powered front sports seats with memory, a reverse camera, cruise control and paddle shifters. Safety-wise, there’s Attention Assist, Active Park Assist, Pre-Safe and Collision Prevention Assist with Brake Assist.

It’s the same story under the bonnet – the carryover 1.6 litre turbo four-cylinder engine sends 154 hp and 250 Nm to the 7G-DCT (seven-speed dual-clutch transmission). The 0-100 km/h sprint is done in 8.5 seconds, and the CLA 200 runs out of puff at 230 km/h. One last thing – the old car’s sport suspension has been removed in favour of a comfort setup, albeit one that’s lowered by 15 mm at the front and 10 mm at the rear.