by Adrian-Liviu Dorofte

SPY: The 2013 Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG (C 117) performance 4-door coupe goes out to play

These are the very first spy shots featuring the CLA 45 AMG, expected to debut next year during spring. The so-called executive coupe range under the CLA-Class title, in fact a compact four-door coupe paying much tribute to the popular CLS, could not do well without a proper AMG variant. Specifically for the new wave of compact Mercedes-Benz vehicles, Mercedes-AMG have put their best experts in engineering at hard work and created some magnificent technologies to put the future sports versions into motion.

First of all, a brand new petrol engine will celebrate its premiere soon. We are talking about the two-litre, supercharged powerplant which is rumored to deliver a massive 350 hp. The new unit features several state-of-the-art solutions that improve the dynamism and ferociousness of the cars it will equip. Secondly, to transfer all that huge amount of power and torque to the street without killing the integrity of the tyres means 4x4 traction is the best alternative. And this is exactly what AMG has done: a new, performance all-wheel-drive platform that is perfectly mated to the new engine.

As you happen to already know, the first compact rocket to be revealed is the new A 45 AMG celebrating the world premiere next month at Paris (read more about this new model HERE). The new CLA 45 AMG will follow in 2013 and will add a little more passion to the business. The sexy coupe will too sport the 2.0-litre 4-cylinder powerplant with 350 hp and the AWD system. Moreso, a set of dedicated ride assistance systems from AMG, like the 3-stage ESP and the adaptive suspension programme (AMG RIDE CONTROL), will also make their way onto the new Affalterbach star.

When it comes to design, the CLA 45 AMG has the tough argument of being fairly similar to the Concept Style Coupe showcar that caused a global stir. Sheer beauty and a powerful style are the perfect attributes to describe the looks of the sports 4-door coupe. The impressive front end will receive a new front apron with larger air inlets and a traditional one-slat grille. New, striking, AMG design alloy wheels and double exhausts at the rear complete the exterior package. Inside the new CLA 45 AMG, you get leather upholstery in various tones, carbon fiber, aluminium or wood trims depending on your choice and multiple appointments that tell you this car carries the unmistakable AMG signature.

If the new CLA-Class in its standard form will probably cost around 30,000 euros or under (starting price), the upcoming CLA 45 AMG should be quite expensive. We feel you could pay at least 50,000 euros without any optional extras to have one.

Image Credits: Motor Authority

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Anonymous said...

any news on when is cla premiere?

From what we know, the new CLA-Class should celebrate the world premiere at this year's Los Angeles Auto Show (28th November to 9th December), whereas the CLA 45 AMG is arriving in spring 2013 and could be revealed in April, at the New York Motor Show.

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