The first spy shots of the future Mercedes CLA 45 AMG were taken by our spy photographers back in August, but since then, the luxury sedan has been holed up somewhere, more than likely getting all of its kinks worked out. With the work seemingly completed, Mercedes has taken the upcoming CLA 45 AMG out for another round of testing.
As you can see, this prototype is still heavily camouflaged, but we can make out the deep front spoiler, wider track and wheels, the massive brakes, the chunky side sills, and the spoiler on the trunk. While Mercedes tried to fool us with those fake exhaust pipes, the spy photographers said they couldn’t disguise the powerful sound that came out of them during the drive.
The CLA 45 AMG will be powered by a 2.0 liter four-cylinder turbo engine delivering a total of 325 HP - the same engine that will first be used in the A45 AMG. Just like the A45 AMG, the CLA 45 AMG will also get four-wheel-drive from Swedish company Haldex to make sure the power doesn’t just make your tires smoke.
Expect to see the new Mercedes CLA 45 AMG sometime in 2013.
Now that we have seen both the Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake and the CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake, rumors have sprouted that the next CLA will also be offered in a Shooting Brake version. Just the other week, we brought out the first details on this upcoming model, and today we have a cool rendering that brings those facts to life!
Just like the sedan version, the next CLA Shooting Brake will be built on Mercedes’ new Modular Front Architecture (MFA) platform and will take its design inspiration from the recently announced CLS Shooting Brake. Under the hood, we will see the same engine line-up as in the upcoming CLA sedan: a 1.6 liter turbocharged petrol engine offered with either 121 HP or 154 HP. Mercedes will also offer a CLA AMG Shooting Brake which will be powered by a a 2.0-liter four-cylinder unit that will deliver about 330 HP and 332 lb-ft of torque.
The upcoming Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake will arrive on the market a few months after the sedan version, so don’t expect it before 2014.
Now that we have seen the new Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake and we know that the company is also working on a baby CLS - known as the CLA, people are also talking about a CLA Shooting Brake.
The future CLA Shooting Brake will be built on Mercedes’s new Modular Front Architecture (MFA) platform and will take its design inspiration from the recently announced CLS Shooting Brake, including its
so-called soft nose and dramatic swage line treatment. Under the hood the engine lineup will also be shared with the sedan version.
The new model is rumored to go on sale in 2014 and it is rumored to be priced from about £28,000 - or about $43,000 at the current exchange rates.
Updated 04/29/2013: Mercedes head of design, Gordon Wagener, confirmed today that the company is, in fact, planning a CLA Shooting Brake.
Updated 05/02/2013: Today we have created a new rendering for the upcoming Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake.
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These past few days have been pretty busy for our spy photographers. Just yesterday, they were able to catch two of Jaguar’s up and coming models, and today they’re bringing us images of the upcoming Mercedes CLA in light camouflage doing some testing around the Nurburgring.
The future Mercedes CLA, also known as the CLC until recently, can be easily described as a baby CLS. The model will be built on the new A-Class platform - hence the name - and will be offered with the same engine line-up as the A-Class, but with the luxury level offered in the CLS. It will be offered in front-wheel-drive configuration as standard and with both petrol and diesel engines. While Mercedes has confirmed anything just yet, we expect to see a line-up including both the 1.6 and 2.0 liter petrol engines with power going up to 211 HP. The diesel line-up’s top version will be the 170 HP A 220 CDI. An AMG version will also be offered and rumors say it will get a 335 HP turbocharged 2.0-liter unit.
The new Mercedes CLA will make its official debut in 2013.
Rumors about a possible baby Mercedes SLS have been swirling around for awhile, but now Head of Design, Gorden Wagener, has confirmed in an interview with AutoExpress that the company is indeed working on a new sports car. In the same interview, he also confirmed that the production version of the Concept Style Coupe will be called the CLA and that a coupe version of the ML 4x4 is also in the pipeline.
The future SLC will drop the gullwing doors of the current SLS sports car and will be offered with an all-new 4.0-liter V8 engine. The SLC will arrive sometime in 2014, but until then, the company will be debuting two more versions of the SLS, the first of which will be the Black Series in July.
The new model will take on models like the Porsche 911 and the Aston Martin V8 Vantage, and will be priced from £80,000, or about $130,000 at the current exchange rates.
Mercedes has announced that they are working on an affordable new coup1 and a junior four-wheel drive. The new model, set to be a competitor for the BMW 1-Series and Audi A3 will debut in 2011.
The new coupe, believed to be called CLA will replace the three-door CLC, which is based around the old C-class.
By positioning the new car as a coupé rather than a hatchback Mercedes-Benz will try to give the CLA an upmarket image, as well as justifying prices that are likely to start at the equivalent of £19,000 when sales get under way just over four years from now.
The CLA will be powered by a a new range of four-cylinder, direct-injection petrol and common-rail diesel engines. Unlike the units used in today’s A and B-class line-ups, they will be shared with other models in the Mercedes range. Power outputs will range from 120bhp to 200bhp. Full story