Mercedes CLA 45 AMG Spied Testing

Luke Vandezande
by Luke Vandezande

Expected to make its final debut next year, the Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG showed up in spy photos today.

Power should come courtesy of the same turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder found in Mercedes’ A45 AMG packing 325 hp. That power will be divided between all four wheels to offer improved stability.

In the photos, you can see the car’s much larger brakes, wider stance and wheels, deep front spoiler, side sills and conservative rear spoiler. Of course, the pictures can’t speak to the car’s exhaust note, and the tail pipes shown here aren’t impressive looking, but they won’t be the production equipment either. Instead expect a more aggressive set that will give voice to a true AMG bark.

GALLERY: Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG spy photos

Luke Vandezande
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  • Stephen Marcus Colmar Stephen Marcus Colmar on Oct 25, 2012

    can someone explain the "45" to me? its powered by a it simply that CLA 20 AMG didn't sound as powerful?

    • EnigmaNZ EnigmaNZ on Jan 22, 2013

      Both MB and BMW stopped using engine size as a model number some time ago. Now it is engine power that would be expected from a standard type engine. Eg, this 2L puts out about 230Kw. That is what you'd expect a 4.5L V8 to output, hence 45 as the model number. Similaly the BMW 330 and 335 both use a 3L engine, but the 35 is more powerful. Or the 530, 540 and 550 model designation of the BMW diesel 5 series, all are based on the same base 3L engine, with 3 different outputs. The new BMW 328 uses a 2L turbo that puts out the same power/torgue as the old 2.8L hence 328 while the lower output is a 320 using the same motor. The MB 250 is a 1.8 turbo petrol, while the 250cdi is a 2.2 diesel. If I drove a 1.8T E or CLS it would appear pathetic, but with 150Kw I can cheat and say, well, it has the output of the V6 predecessor so lets give it a similar model number. So old cars were engine size, new cars are engine output based. We saw the same thing with computer chips in the past, with Intel using speed of data through the single pipe of its chips as a model number, AMD used several pipes running a slower speed per pipe, if it used the speed of data it would seem to have slower chips, so it used a number based on comparative speed of its chip versus Intel.