Mercedes-Benz showed off the CLA45 AMG at a private event on the eve of the Geneva Motor Show, but was determined not to let it be photographed. We can talk about it, though – after all, a teaser image was released to promote the new Sony game Drive Club. The CLA45 AMG will use the same powertrain as the A45 AMG, which means a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 360 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. And that means a small four-door coupe sedan with the highest horsepower-per-liter in the segment. It will shift through the same seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, should also run out of speed at 155 miles per hour and have that three-stage stability control system.

As with its hatch sibling, the CLA is already so aggressive on the outside – and the parent company so anxious not to demolish the sedan's 0.22 coefficient of drag – that not much has been done to the cranked-up CLA. Even the rather thin tires on the standard only get a little less thin on the hotter variant. Inside will be the telltale AMG signs, with lots of red detailing and that flat-bottomed wheel among the giveaways. We'll know more later this month when the wraps come off at the New York International Auto Show.


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      Bruce Lee
      • 1 Year Ago
      360HP and 332lb/ft of torque in a FWD sedan? Either they're going to be lowering the boost a lot in pretty much all the lower gears or this is going to torque steer like you wouldn't believe.
        AcidTonic
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bruce Lee
        It's full-time AWD.
          Rr778
          • 1 Year Ago
          @AcidTonic
          Acid you forgot to read the Mercedes release, Like the A4 power will only goto the rear wheels if the front slips.
      Lebii
      • 1 Year Ago
      Horsepower per liter is not a valid metric for forced induction cars.
      Rr778
      • 1 Year Ago
      Does the glass lift up with the trunk? Is this a hatchback or a sedan?
      Luis
      • 1 Year Ago
      This thing better be all wheel drive. Still really weird to see these luxury companies try to throw their hat into the hot hatch segment. It doesn't quite make sense in my mind. But I guess if a Porshe SUV can sell in bucket-fulls...
        Rr778
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Luis
        If you read the Mercedes release it will be similar to the A4 in that it will be all wheel with power only going to the rear if the front tires slip.
          ferps
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Rr778
          that's not like an A4, that's like an A3 or TT.
      David Kirkpatrick
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mercedes-Benz badge ****** with just enough money to look rich with favorable leasing terms... your chariot has arrived!
      Dane Grant
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mercedes and BMW have very confusing names.... It should be Mercedes CC20 AMG (Closed Coupe 2.0L, AMG)... The regular C-Class sedan should be called C (plus what ever engine size).... CLA 45 sounds like 4.5L... Where did they get the 45? Four-Door/5 Passenger?
        ask me
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dane Grant
        dont know why they bring the number 4! in chinese 4 means die or death! when i going to buy this car, the first thing i do is remove the number 45!