Spyshots: Mercedes CLA45 AMG
That because American supposedly doesn’t “get” small hatchbacks. But a sedan model based on the same MFA platform will also spawn a four-door coupe/sedan called the CLA. This should be a great addition to the US lineup, slotting under the C-Class and targeting younger buyers that would otherwise have been lost.
We can now say with certainty the CLA will also become a hot AMG model, the first ever sold in the US with a four-cylinder turbo engine and all wheel drive. Yes, you heard right, the CLA45 AMG will have a 2.0-liter four-cylinder motor which is expected to put out about 340 horsepower and diesel-like levels of torque.
It will be coupled to a AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that sends power to a Haldex differential.
This prototype for the hot sedan shows it’s wide and has larger air intakes at the front, which not only make the car look cooler but also channel air to the force-fed engine.
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