The queue outside the Mercedes-Benz stall was huge and not without a reason. With starry unveils like the all-new compact SUV, the GLA-Class and the pocket rocket in the form of the CLA 45 AMG, people were making a beeline to cast their eyes on these beauties.

The reference European model of GLA-Class at the 12th Auto Expo is a compact luxury SUV that combines dynamic styling with clear benefits for recreational use and marks a new approach for Mercedes-Benz for this burgeoning segment in India.  The muscular and imposing appearance of the exterior is systematically continued into the interior. Expect a range of engine options which will make the GLA go head to head against the BMW X1 and the Audi Q3.

For the performance minded, Mercedes-Benz India also unveiled the CLA 45 AMG. The expressive design idiom of the CLA has been enhanced by Mercedes-AMG with some characteristic AMG elements. A high-tech package which includes the most powerful series-production four-cylinder engine in the world as well as performance-oriented AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive, the CLA 45 AMG is definitely scarily fast. Powering the pocket rocket is an AMG 2.0-litre turbo engine, with a maximum output of 360 PS and up to 450 Newton metres of torque making it the  most powerful turbocharged four-cylinder engine in series production anywhere in the world. The performance coupe accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds and its top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h.

And that’s not all. In a strategic move to expand its new special-protection variant vehicles to the SUV segment, Mercedes-Benz India unveiled the latest addition to the extensive Mercedes-Benz Guard family – the M-Guard. Common to all the Guard models, the armored version of the M-Class luxury SUV follows the brand-typical integrated special protection design principle.  In spite of the increased weight caused by its armour, the M-Guard achieves the impressive ride comfort, great agility and extraordinary active safety of its series-production counterpart. The special-protection variant features as standard, an Airmatic air suspension system with Adaptive Damper System (ADS) specifically adapted to the vehicle’s special protection features. Stronger axle components compensate for the increased weight of the M-Guard superbly, Guard-specific torsion bars at the rear axle optimize roll behavior in fast curves and when taking evasive action. Apart from the specific ballistic tests carried out by the Ballistics Bureau in Ulm, the M-Guard has to pass a detailed test program just like its series-production counterparts. These trials mimic everyday operating conditions, exceeding these parameters by a large factor in many cases. The M-Guard is priced at Rs. 2.49 crore ex-showroom Delhi.