The Mercedes CLA has been officially unveiled at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, and, as the spy shots revealed, the next logical step was a more powerful, AMG version. The model made its debut at the 2013 New York Auto Show and will be put on sale in September.
The new 2014 Mercedes CLA 45 AMG is designed as an alternative to those who consider the CLS 63 AMG too large for them. Even if a tiny sedan, the new Mercedes CLA 45 AMG is offering technologies used in the SLS AMG sports car, like the cooling system for the four-cylinder engine.
Up front, the new 2014 Mercedes CLA 45 AMG receives an AMG "twin blade" radiator grille and cross strut in the AMG front apron, both painted in matte titanium grey. Efficient engine cooling is provided by large air intakes framed by black flics. On the side, AMG added sill panels with insertions in matte titanium grey and large "Turbo AMG" logo on the wing.
At the rear, the new sports sedan adds an AMG apron with an incorporated large diffuser insert and a trim section in matte titanium grey. The final element is the AMG sports exhaust system with its two chrome-plated twin tailpipes.
For the interior, Mercedes is also offering specific AMG elements, like sports seats in ARTICO manmade leather/DINAMICA microfiber with red contrasting top stitching, red seat belts, a multifunction steering wheel with shift paddles, an AMG DRIVE UNIT and AMG door sill panels. The instrument panel and the five galvanized ventilation outlets received an aluminum trim, while the AMG instrument cluster gets a central color display, an AMG menu and a Race Timer.
Under the hood, 2014 Mercedes CLA 45 AMG has powered by 2.0-liter turbo engine that delivers a total of 360 horsepower and a peak torque of 331 pound-feet. The engine is combined with the performance-oriented AMG 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system. This drivetrain sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds and up to a top speed of 155 mph.
The new 2014 Mercedes CLA 45 AMG will be put on sale in September 2013. In Europe, prices will start from €56.078 - around $72,000 at the current exchange rates.
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