I know what the great majority of you will be spending your Monday Morning Email Catchup / Coffee Consumption time doing this morning. The Mercedes site has their online configurator for the CLA live! It has yet to allow all the super fun options to be added to the CLA of your dreams, like the 4matic, or the sploosh-wothy AMG trim, but there is enough to at least let you configure your first draft!
The top right hand counter Starts your CLA 250 coupe at $30,825, then as you click to your heart's contentment, you watch this counter bob and sink and soar like a hawk like the estimated tax return counter on your tax man's screen. 10 Colors are available including the ever classy Cirrus white, their $720 add on pretty pearly colors like Cosmos Black Metallic, and even the Matte Magno Polar Silver finish from their designo line that will set you back a cool $2500, be amazing, impossible to paint match, and even be incredibly hard to maintain.
You will get 3 wheel choices, ranging from the incredibly ugly 17" stock wheels, the optional $550 18" guys that look a bit better, or the better looking 18" AMG twin 5-spokes that become FREE once you add the obligatory Sport Package for $2000. I like free things! If you are still longing to spend a bit more money on MB wheels, you are in luck because all you have to do is scroll down to find 3 more 18" options ranging from $1800 to $3600, and another 17" option for $1640 in the Accessories section. And look at all the things that you get with the Sport Package! Sport Body Styling, Chrome Diamond-block Grille, the aforementioned 18's, and the super sexy, at least to me, Perforated front brakes with painted calipers! Who doesn't love painted calipers. I feel like I am 17 again and just pulled the wheels on my 91 Civic and Krylon'ed my caliper and rear drum! A little cheezy, but it is a must have option if you ever want to resell this thing.
The obligatory Pano roof will set you back $1480, and the "if I don't have those stupid LED headlights, I will regret it every time I drive anywhere" Bi-Xenon headlamps, and LED tails, will set you back $850. May the Lord forgive you if you don't check that box, because you will never forgive yourself.
You may be asking yourself, "How on Earth could I not have a spoiler, the choice of color keyed hub inserts, a license plate frame, and valve stem caps?" I need those! They are what makes the Mercedes Benz experience the Mercedes Benz experience. Even if I am the only one who will ever look at them! I know they are there, and that is all that matters!
Lets move inside folks! This is where I am going to implore you to choose a few things that will ensure that you will have less trouble selling this thing when you are all done with it and ready for the CL550, or the S-Class! First off, this is my opinion and that is it, but I worked at a used car dealership that dealt in high end cars. (Mercedes, Audi, Porsche, Lamborghini, Ferrari, and BMW) Please, please, please do not pick Beige or Brown interior! Please! They may tell you that it is rare and hard to get, and that you will have a rare car with the brown interior. There is a reason! No one likes the beige interior. If you want a Mercedes, you want dark interior. I know it gets hot in the summer, but that is why you tint the windows! Get dark interior! The $1500 Interior package is a small price to pay to ensure that you wont have to be disappointed when you go to resell. My recommendation, as if you asked for it, is to go with the Black Leather. Second is the Ash. But do me this solid, if you for some reason feel the need to get a lighter interior, because you don't want your bottom to be offended by hot leather, get either black carpet, or at the very lease black floor mats. You will thank me when you get into your buddy's car that has the beige carpet and mats, and see how incredibly dirty his carpets and mats are. Now it is time to click either the free Anthracite, Brushed Aluminum, or if you have to have wood, the $325 Black Ash Trim. Trust me, you will thank me later!
Those interior choices are going to mean that you have to have the Premium Package on the interior which will include: Dual-zone automatic climate control, Heated front seats, harman/kardon LOGIC7® sound system, SiriusXM Radio with 6-month All Access trial, Media Interface, Auto-dimming driver-side and inside rear view mirrors, Compass display in inside mirror, and the integrated Garage door opener. I want to add the $2370 Multimedia Package as well because I like having a good package. This adds: the obligatory Rear view camera, Enhanced Voice Control, 80GB hard-drive navigation and 7-inch display, Gracenote® Media Database, including album cover art, In-dash 6-disc DVD/CD player and SD card reader, 10GB Music Register, and the SiriusXM Traffic and Weather. Aside form that, I need to add the $599 Drive Kit for myPhone (Ouch!).
The next set of options are the Performance and Safety selections. Here, I dont need any of the optional bits because I look in my mirrors to change lanes, I look out the windshield to prevent collisions, I can park myself like a big boy, and I am an attentive driver. I will save a few dollars on my MSRP. Besides, the performance options I want are not selectable yet.
I just build my car for less than $50 Grand! This is the whole point of the CLA! You get the Mercedes you want for not the Mercedes Price that we are all used to! Mine came in at $48,644 plus, plus, plus I am sure, but at lease I feel good about that initial number! I got everything that I wanted including the 2.0L Direct injection 4-cyl, and the 7-speed DCT dual-clutch automatic, that is for sure! We shall see how much my bill ends up being with the AMG trim!!! Get Configurating! Chime in to tell us how much yours is!
To configure your car, visit: http://www.mbusa.com/mercedes/vehicles/build/class-CLA/model-CLA250C