Up to this point, everyone knows that Mercedes is about to unveil a small A-Class -based SUV named the GLA . While until now our spy photographers have caught only the standard version during its testing sessions. Today, however, the GLA45 AMG has been caught testing for the first time.
In fact, Mercedes’ decision to also offer an AMG version for the upcoming GLA-Class is genius, considering that we are going to see a production version of the Audi RS Q3 Concept .
This GLA45 AMG prototype was caught testing in the freezing cold of Nothern Sweden. When compared to a standard version, this prototype features dual exhaust pipes, bigger wheels and cross-drilled brakes. Our spy photographers also noted that when it drive off in full throttle it confirmed the fact that it was indeed an AMG version.
The Mercedes GLA45 AMG is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 350 horsepower. The engine is mated to a seven-speed AMG Speedshift MCT dual-clutch gearbox that sends the power to all four wheels.
The standard GLA-Class will be unveiled in September at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show and we expect the AMG version to arrive in early 2014.
Updated 8/26/2013: We have created a pair of renderings of the upcoming GLA45 AMG based on the spy shots we have received. You can see them up close after the jump.
Last week, Mercedes released the GLA250 to its U.S. customers, but we still have yet to get an undisguised look at the upcoming GLA 45 AMG . Since Mercedes decided to leave us in the dark on the powerful crossover, our spy photographers decided to hang out at Nϋrburgring Nordschleife in an attempt to catch the crossover lapping the famed course.
Well, their diligence paid off, as they managed to catch the GLA 45 AMG doing a few hot laps around Nϋrburgring. The AMG variant will, of course, feature the same basic shape as the standard GLA250, but with plenty of aggressive styling additions to give the GLA-Class a sportier look.
Under its hood, we expect the GLA 45 AMG to carry a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 350 to 360 horsepower on tap. We also assume the that AMG variant of this sporty crossover will carry the same transmission as the GLA250 with standard 4MATI all-wheel drive.
We anticipate the GLA 45 AMG coming in around €50,000 ($66,795) in Europe, but we’re not too sure if it will make its way across the pond to U.S. showrooms.
Click past the jump to read more about the model that our spy photographers caught testing
This is the second time that Mercedes has taken its baby performance SUV out for a testing session. Instead of hitting the cold weather with the GLA 45 AMG , like the first time we caught it, Mercedes took it for an extreme test at Nürburgring in Germany.
The next GLA 45 AMG will be based on the same platform as the new-generation A-Class and will be offered with the same engine as the CLA 45 AMG and A 45 AMG : a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 360 horsepower and a peak torque of 331 pound-feet.
Unlike the standard GLA-Class , the AMG version will feature a more aggressive look with dual exhaust pipes, bigger wheels and cross-drilled brakes – pretty standard stuff for the AMG lineup.
The standard GLA-Class is expected to be unveiled in September at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, with the AMG version to follow few months after.