20 Mar 2013

Mercedes CLA 45 AMG specs and photos

The Mercedes CLA 45 AMG will be launched at the New York Motor show.  Ahead of the official launch these photos have been leaked

This is the new for 2013, or 2014 if you are in the US, Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG.  The photos were leaked by a Russian website and will be issued by Mercedes soon.

The engine will be the 4 cylinder, 2 litre unit also found in the A 45 AMG which, being a hatchback, won't be sold in the US.  The CLA 45 AMG gets a 7 speed DCT transmission and 4Matic 4 wheel drive.

Power is 360bhp, torque is 331lb ft, combined economy should be in the region of 41mpg and CO2 emissions will be 165 g/km.

In Germany the A 45 AMG and CLA 45 AMG will be sold for around €50,000 which equates to £43,000 and $65,000 US, although US prices are bound to be cheaper because the US government doesn't tax it's citizens until their eyeballs pop.

Most importantly, the 4 cylinder engine sounds pretty good - an absolute must for an AMG.

Read our review of the smaller engined A 250 AMG here.