The switch to AWD adds $1500 to the CLA250 Sport, now priced at $64,900.
Extra grip off the line helps the CLA250 Sport 4MATIC accelerate from 0-100km/h one tenth quicker than the front-driver, stopping the clock in 6.6 seconds, though the 60kg-heavier underpinnings (1540kg in total) increase combined cycle fuel consumption to 6.6 litres per 100km (6.2L/100km for FWD).
Mercedes-Benz Australia says the late decision to switch the CLA250 Sport from front- to all-wheel drive was motivated by the opportunity to offer the 4MATIC model for just $1500 more than the front-drive version.
The local division confirmed customers who placed a deposit on a FWD CLA250 Sport wouldn’t be asked to pay more for their AWD car, though new customers will pay the revised price.
All other specifications and equipment details of the CLA250 Sport are unchanged from those initially announced late last year.
The mid-spec CLA250 Sport joins the $49,900 CLA200 and $86,900 CLA45 AMG variants in the CLA-Class range; the latter two available in Australian showrooms since October.
The A-Class hatchback version - the A250 Sport, priced from $49,900 - will remain a front-wheel-drive proposition.