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2014 Mercedes CLA Edition 1 is limited and enticing

When it comes to exclusivity, the 2014 Mercedes CLA Edition 1 will not only be exclusive because of the unique equipment, but also because of its limited availability.

The Germans love to entice Americans with their exclusive and Limited Edition cars like the new 2014 Mercedes-Benz "CLA Edition 1.” The new CLA from Mercedes is both exclusive for its equipment, but also very limited in how long it will be available. The "CLA Edition 1" will only be available for twelve months. It's also only available in Europe and won’t be making it to U.S. shores. The CLA Class is all-new from Mercedes and the four-door coupe is a new model from the German automaker that will make its launch next spring.

Limited to one year after its launch

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz Edition 1 can be ordered immediately at a starting price of 35,402.50 euros for the CLA 180. The new Limited Edition CLA will be available with four different engine options. Mercedes continues in the tradition of offering the Edition 1 special models with the CLA Class. The Edition 1 CLA will be limited to one year after its launch and then Mercedes says production will end.

The Edition 1 comes with special equipment which highlights the sportiness and exclusivity of the four-door coupé. This includes paintwork in either mountain grey, cosmos black, night black, cirrus white or designo polar silver magno. Other exclusive equipment which includes the Neon Art interior with upholstery in leather and black microfiber Dinamica with yellow contrasting topstitching.

CLA 250 is the top model

The new limited edition model can be combined with any engine, but the top of the line CLA 250 comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo powerplant producing 211 horsepower and 350 lb ft of torque. The CLA 250 will sprint from 0-62 in 6.7 seconds with a top speed of 240 k/mh. Power is transferred to all four wheels via the AMG Speedshift DCT seven-speed automatic sports transmission.

Mercedes developed the new engine to be both powerful with its considerable torque, but also fuel-efficient. Mercedes says the new CLA will lead the competition with low fuel consumption. Fuel mileage for the 2.0-liter turbo engine is expected to be 6.2 per 1/100 km combined cycle with CO2 emissions 144 g/km.

A commanding powerful appearance

On the outside, the CLA Edition 1 gets AMG front and rear aprons as well as side sill panels in combination with the black painted multi-spoke AMG light-alloy wheels giving it a powerful appearance. The diamond radiator grille features a black fin and chrome inserts, and the Bi-xenon headlamps are standard.

Sport-tuned AMG suspension

Underneath, an AMG sports suspension with independently developed front and rear axles. The high-performance suspension will provide high-speed cornering and agile handling. It will also feature an electromechanical AMG speed-sensitive sports steering, AMG high-performance braking system and 3-stage ESP with "SPORT Handling" mode. The 3-stage stability program is also applied to adapt the control strategies of the variable 4MATIC system.

More Edition 1 features inside

Inside, the sports seats are upholstered in leather and black microfiber Dinamica with contrasting yellow stitching. The instrument panel and the beltlines are in Artico man-made leather with yellow stitching in a wrap-around look. Trim elements in aluminum with a light longitudinal grain and a 3-spoke multifunction sports steering wheel in nappa leather with a flattened bottom section and perforations in the grip area complete the dynamic appearance.

CLA 45 AMG also available

In keeping with its sporty positioning, the compact mid-range coupe is also available in the top model CLA 45 AMG. The new high-powered top model will give Mercedes a fascinating high-performance vehicle in the compact class and broadens the portfolio of Mercedes-Benz's high-performance AMG brand. The new CLA 45 AMG will be the athletic front runner for the class.

The price of the CLA 250 Edition 1 is 44,625.00 euros and is available for order immediately in Europe. For those of us in the U.S., we’ll just have to be enticed again by another exclusive sports model that will never make it to U.S. shores.