The Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 has been spotted testing. Here’s all you need to know about Merc’s four-wheel drive, four-door super coupe.
all-new Mercedes-AMG CLA 45
2.0-litre turbocharged engine and four-wheel drive
Price and release date
more than £40,000; September 2019
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2020 Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 price and release date
The 2020 Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 is tipped to be offered as two models – the CLA 45 and CLA 45 S. You can expect the former to start from around £42,000, while the latter’s added performance will see it priced closer to £45,000. Mercedes has yet to confirm when the car will go on sale, but you can expect it to be publicly unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show in September.
2020 Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 specs
Spotting the 2020 Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 from a regular CLA shouldn’t be a problem. As you can see from carwow’s pics, the CLA 45 gets a deep front bumper with gaping vents ahead of the front wheels and a vertical runged grille that mirrors the one found on the larger AMG GT 4-door coupe.
Around the sides, you can expect to find subtle side skirts and lowered suspension. You’ll also get standard 18-inch alloy wheels with an aggressive design (similar to the one seen in these pictures) with larger-than-standard disc brakes hidden behind them. Bigger 19-inch wheels will be available at extra cost.
Even from behind, there will be no mistaking a 45 for a less-potent standard CLA – handy if you want to avoid embarrassing aborted overtakes – thanks to its quad exhaust pipes, a diffuser-style rear bumper and a subtle lip spoiler on top of the boot.
These subtle styling tweaks will follow a similar formula to that seen in the new A45 hatchback. It’s a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol with either 387hp (standard model) or 421hp (in the CLA 45 S). Combined with the CLA’s standard grippy four-wheel drive and a quick-shifting twin-clutch automatic gearbox, that could be enough to launch the S model from 0-62mph in under four seconds – remarkably, that’d make it quicker than a Porsche 911.
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