• Mar 19, 2013
It's not terribly difficult to imagine what the Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG will look like, or what it will perform like, for that matter. Take the basic recipe that is the recently introduced A45 AMG, throw in a swoopy and devastatingly attractive coupe-like sedan shell, mix and serve.

Under the CLA45 AMG's stylish hood will sit a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 360 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque, as is the case with the A45 AMG, and it will be paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. A sophisticated three-stage stability control system will help keep the power on the ground, which is good, since we're expecting a 0-60 run of around 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 155 miles per hour.

Even though you know pretty much all there is to know about the CLA45 AMG, you still want to see the gallery of leaked images above before the car makes its official debut in New York, right? We thought so. You know what to do.


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      Felspawn
      • 1 Year Ago
      Seriously? How are people still complaining about Mercedes using an automatic? Stick shifts have NEVER been their thing, I mean hell wasn't the original Hammer an automatic? Get over it folks
        NightFlight
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Felspawn
        AMG Hammer. That is one hell of a drool worthy ride. http://www.netcarshow.com/mercedes-benz/1988-300_ce_6.3_amg/1600x1200/wallpaper_01.htm
        Schadenfreude
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Felspawn
        It's not complaining, just wish it had one. It's a more fun and engaging driving experience to me, and enough to make me pass because of it.
      • 1 Year Ago
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        Brent Booth
        • 1 Year Ago
        Agreed. Merc really should have stayed away from the aftermarket looking black wheels. Bigger silver wheels should help this a lot. Is it possible to do staggered wheels on a FWD based car, or let alone an AWD car?
        Joey Franklin
        • 1 Year Ago
        Reminds me of Dodge Dart proportions, wheels just look too small but both cars are very good aerodynamically.
      Nowuries
      • 1 Year Ago
      I just wish MB would bring the A45 to the US... it is the ultimate hot hatch!
        Stefan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Nowuries
        Do hatchbacks really do that bad here? Are they just afraid with competing with the GTI? It seems odd, doesn't it?
          AcidTonic
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Stefan
          Americans still think my $40K Evo is just a $16 civic with a wing. Hardly anyone knows what it is. They all basically spout the same nonsense as if it's scripted. If I lose a race, it's a stupid 4 cylinder that cost too much money. If I win a race, it's because I have AWD and that's cheating. If I win a roll race (no AWD advantage), it's because I spent twice as much making it fast as their V8. Even if I have boltons against a Mustang with a non-factory supercharger. They think I spent more. Pure American Stereotyping.....
      AddLightness
      • 1 Year Ago
      MT expects it to be priced in the low to mid 40\'s, if they sold the A45 version here I would buy it in a second, the sedan looks good but I could never get it knowing how much more I want the hatch version...
      CarCrazy24
      • 1 Year Ago
      This looks fantastic, can't wait to see it in person!
      Joey Franklin
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like the A45 so much better but this should be a little rocket, Audi S3 is what i\'m waiting for though.
        Joey Franklin
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Joey Franklin
        http://img2.netcarshow.com/Mercedes-Benz-A45_AMG_2014_1024x768_wallpaper_02.jpg So much cleaner nicer to me, the front overhang is still huge but quite an improvement.
      whatever
      • 1 Year Ago
      I smell a $50K starting MSRP. C63 is right at $60K and I wonder if MB introduced the C250 partly to close the gap between the C-Class and the CLA. They can't get much more into $50K range though since now you're a few grand away from a 450hp beast.
      whatever
      • 1 Year Ago
      It may be the pictures, but the sheet metal just looks way too overworked. So many creases and arches. The rear bumper really needs to relax...ditch those two weird vents on the back and we're getting closer!
      cgw
      • 1 Year Ago
      When I first saw the A45, I contacted Mercedes USA begging them to bring it over. To their credit, they replied that they were evaluating the market. Turns out they bring this thing over instead and I am not the least interested. This is impractical and probably not as good dynamically as the hatchback.
        Joe Liebig
        • 1 Year Ago
        @cgw
        on the contrary, it is even better .. the CLA's trunk makes it more aerodynamic, and the drag coefficient is significantly smaller.
          The_Zachalope
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Joe Liebig
          Surprisingly, MB reports the drag on both the A45 and the CLA to be 0.27.
          cgw
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Joe Liebig
          Ever wonder why most cars competing in WRC in the last 10 years are all hatchbacks? Lower rotational inertia than a sedan (turns better) due to the shorter body... That is what I meant. Driving on regular roads, you will never feel the difference between a Cd of .27 or .30 but turns are another matter...
      sixsix
      • 1 Year Ago
      No thanks. 4 banger not worthy of AMG badge, no matter how fast.
      Johnny Trailerpark
      • 1 Year Ago
      360 horsepower throught the front wheels. Fine work gentlemen.
        Nick
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Johnny Trailerpark
        It'a going to have 4Matic
          Jim
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Nick
          The 4matic on this and the A45 AMG is set up to send power to just the front wheels until slip is detected. Then it changes to a 50-50 split. 50% of the power is the most the rear wheels will get.
        Dwayne Hicks
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Johnny Trailerpark
        AWD only on the AMG. It's fine work indeed to handle the 360hp.
      Stefan
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's unbelievably frustrating that we get this, and not the infinitely more usable and better looking A45.
        Luis
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Stefan
        Completely agree! Why make a car less practical in order to sell it? Performance is the same so that\'s not it.
          domingorobusto
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Luis
          I agree Lachmund. I'm constantly amazed by how much most of my non-car-people friends quite litterly can't stand hatchbacks. They hate them and will buy the sedan version EVERY time. I really don't understand it, but it's definitely a real issue in America.
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