350 HP Mercedes CLA45 AMG to Debut at 2013 Frankfurt Show
However, the RS3, M135i and A45 AMG are all designed to play mainly in Europe. The Americans don’t like hatchbacks, taxes are too high in Europe and Arabs have cheap gas, so they don’t like to mess around with small cars like this.
So, it seems that AMG waisted it time by developing a class-leading 2-liter turbo with 350 horsepower. Or did they? It’s no secret the A-Class will become a compact sedan called the CLA, which will be far more marketable in America and possibly China.
The AMG version called the CLA 45 AMG is on the way, offering the first transversally mounted engine in an AMG car. Autocar says it will be shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show, which is in September 2013, after which it will go on sale in the UK for slightly more money than the A45 AMG.