Mercedes has unveiled a series of official spy shots for the upcoming CLA 45 AMG sedan, which is set to be unveiled in the spring of 2013. The new images come with confirmation that the sports sedan will feature Benz’s famed 4MATIC system that will transform it into "one of the most dynamic, powerful and efficient four-cylinder series-production compact cars."
The upcoming CLA 45 AMG will be powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine that delivers a total of 325 horsepower and a peak torque of 295 pound-feet. The engine will be mated to an AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sports transmission with dual clutch technology and will send the power to all four wheels via the aforementioned 4MATIC AWD system.
The new 4MATIC system will be feature a 3-stage stability program: ESP ON, ESP SPORT Handling Mode and ESP OFF. The first two programs will assist the driver with appropriate control strategies and will increase the torque send to the rear wheels, while the third mode has been specially designed for experienced drivers only on cordoned-off race tracks.
As the high-powered top model of the new compact class, the CLA 45 AMG broadens the portfolio of Mercedes-Benz’s high-performance brand to offer a fascinating high-performance vehicle in the compact class, too. The newly developed AMG 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine will set new standards in its engine capacity segment: with maximum torque of well over 400 Newton metres and low fuel consumption, AMG is aiming to lead the competition. In conjunction with the specially adapted 4MATIC version for this engine-power class, the CLA 45 AMG will be one of the most dynamic, powerful and efficient four-cylinder series-production compact cars.
Perfect power transmission is ensured in the CLA 45 AMG thanks to the AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sports transmission with dual clutch technology and performance-oriented all-wheel drive. The ideal basis for high cornering speeds and exciting, agile handling also comes courtesy of the AMG sports suspension with independently developed front and rear axles, electromechanical AMG speed-sensitive sports steering, AMG high-performance braking system and 3-stage ESP® with "SPORT Handling" mode. The 3-stage stability programme is also applied to adapt the control strategies of the variable 4MATIC system:
- In "ESP ON" mode a safety-oriented driving programme supports the driver with clear-cut self-steering behaviour, i.e. essentially neutral handling characteristics.
- Briefly pressing the ESP® button activates "ESP SPORT Handling Mode". This dynamically oriented driving mode applies appropriate control strategies for later ESP® intervention and increased drive torque at the rear axle.
- Pressing the ESP® button longer activates "ESP OFF". "ESP OFF" should only be used by experienced drivers on cordoned-off race tracks.
- After pressing the brake pedal in "ESP SPORT Handling Mode" or "ESP OFF" mode, all ESP® functions are available once again.