The baby CLS has arrived. Meet the curvy younger sister of the flagship Mercedes-Benz four-door coupe. But most are simply going to refer to it as an A-Class with a boot.

Mercedes-Benz CLA 220 CDI, (C117), 2012

Mercedes-Benz is doing a stellar job of infusing sex appeal into the brand’s image. And the CLA is certainly going to enamour young, urban professionals. Bragging rights for this model include segment-leading aerodynamics. That slippery shape isn’t for nothing.

Mercedes-Benz CLA 220 CDI, (C117), 2012

Inside things are rather identical to its A-Class brother. The fascia architecture is inspired by the wing of an aircraft. And you get the usual array of classy materials and smart trim options. The contentious iPad-like dashboard screen – which seems to divide opinion – is still there.

Mercedes-Benz CLA 220 CDI, (C117), 2012

There are 1.6-litre and 2-litre derivatives, with outputs ranging from 90kW to 115kW and the diesel CLA 220 CDI produces 125kW. But we can’t forget the mighty AMG version, with 265kW on tap and a blistering 0-100km/h time of 4.6 seconds.

Mercedes-Benz CLA 220 CDI, (C117), 2012

Pricing starts off at R348 700 for the CLA 180. The 200 goes for R372 700, while you’ll pay R397 600 for the CLA 220 CDI. Next stop is the CLA 45 AMG which has an asking price of R674 400. Mercedes-Benz will charge you R75 000 extra if you want the Edition 1 model, with extra aesthetic trickery.