The next-generation of Mercedes-AMG compact cars could produce more than 400 horsepower thanks to a new hybrid powertrain.
Mercedes’ current line of AMG compacts, those being the CLA45 and GLA45 in North America, make 375 horsepower from a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The next-generation Mercedes CLA 45 AMG will be even more potent, however, according to a report from Autocar. The British publication claims the new A45 will have at least 400 hp, and since the both the CLA 45 and GLA 45 share their underpinnings with the A-Class, the changes will more than likely head to the four-door sports coupe and crossover as well.
The next-generation A-Class will ride on a redeveloped version of the company’s MFA platform and will have a wider front track than its predecessor. It’s unclear when the new CLA and GLA models will debut, but it will likely come some time after the new A-Class is introduced.
Although the A-Class isn’t currently offered in the U.S., rumor has it that the German automaker is considering the hot hatch for the North American market. There’s also the possibility of an A-Class sedan joining the lineup, previewed by the Concept A Sedan (seen above), but it’s too early to say for sure.
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