2014 Mercedes CLA 45 AMG Edition 1

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You should know by now that Mercedes has recently started celebrating the launch of a new model on the market with the unveiling of a special "Edition 1" version of it. Next in line for this treatment is the new CLA 45 AMG , as Mercedes has just announced the CLA 45 AMG Edition 1 series that will be put on sale in September when the standard CLA 45 AMG arrives.

Just like with the A45 AMG Edition 1 , the only updates to the CLA 45 AMG Edition 1 are on the exterior and the interior, but they are just enough to transform the look of the car.

The new CLA 45 AMG Edition 1 receives a very cool coloring package, with a standard black or white paint combined with red accents, AMG stripes and, of course, a new set of special wheels. The interior offers the same black and red theme and numerous "Edition 1" badges.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes CLA 45 AMG Edition 1.

Exterior

Mercedes CLA 45 AMG Edition 1

The CLA 45 AMG Edition 1 is offered in either cirrus white and night black as standard paint options. At-cost optional paints include: cosmos black metallic, mountain grey metallic, polar silver metallic and designo polar silver magno. Customers can combine these exterior colors with a Night package, red accents on the radiator grille and exterior mirrors, a matte-black front-lip spoiler, and AMG sports stripes in matte graphite grey above the side-sill panels. If you opt for an additional Intelligent Light System you will get red accents on the headlamps.

The model will sit on a set of 19-inch alloy wheels in multi-spoke design and painted in matte black with special AMG hub caps and red-painted brake calipers.

Other than these additions, the new Edition 1 looks identical to the standard CLA 45 AMG. It gets the usual AMG "twin blade" radiator grille and cross strut in the AMG front apron, large air intakes, AMG side sills, AMG rear apron and an AMG sports exhaust system.

Interior

Mercedes CLA 45 AMG Edition 1

On the inside, the new CLA 45 AMG Edition 1 combines the same black and red theme. The model is offered with standard AMG Performance seats in ARTICO manmade leather, a dashboard in ARTICO manmade leather and an AMG Performance steering wheel wrapped in Nappa leather. All these elements come with red contrasting stitching to help break things up a bit.

To further distinguish the Edition 1 from the base CLA 45 AMG, Mercedes also placed an E-SELECT lever with embossed "AMG" emblem, plus "Edition 1" badges on the AMG DRIVE UNIT and the AMG floor mats.

Engine

Mercedes CLA 45 AMG Edition 1

Under the hood, the new CLA 45 AMG Edition 1 keeps the usual 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers an insane 360 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque. The engine is combined with the performance-oriented AMG 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system and sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds. Mercedes limits the top speed to 155 mph.

Prices

On the European market, the new CLA 45 AMG Edition 1 is priced at €63,099.75 - about $82,000 at the current exchange rates. No U.S. pricing is available yet, so we are not certain if the Edition 1 model will show up here or not.

Competition

Audi S3 sedan

Audi S3 Sedan

Just like with the CLS-Class, with the CLA-Class Mercedes is entering a completely new market, so the CLA 45 AMG essentially has no competition.

Still, on the North American market customers can also opt for the Audi S3 sedan, a model powered by a 2.0-liter TFSI engine that produces 296 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. As you can see the S3 is less powerful than the CLA 45 AMG, but it can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds and goes up to a top speed of 155 mph.

Conclusion

Mercedes isn’t atop our list in favorite makers, but the CLA definitely makes the entire lineup more desirable. It offers the some of the most elegant lines we have seen on a Mercedes, and, when it comes to the AMG model, things get even better. So, yes, the CLA is definitely one of the car we would buy.

LOVE IT
  • Elegant lines
  • Powerful engine
  • Updated interior look
LEAVE IT
  • A little bit too expensive

  • Design and equipment: Dynamic spirit and boundless individuality
  • Sculptural forms combined with muscular features
  • AMG "twin blade" radiator grille in matt titanium grey
  • Bi-xenon headlamps as standard
  • Dynamic spirit and exclusivity in the high-quality interior
  • Wide range of optional extras
  • Expressive and exclusive: "Edition 1"
    Mercedes CLA 45 AMG Edition 1

Unmistakable, sporty, emotive – the fascinating design of the A 45 AMG and CLA 45 AMG leaves a lasting impression. The A 45 AMG powerful high-performance compact car and the CLA 45 AMG four-door high-performance coupé both impress with their new dynamic style which attractively combines sculptural forms with AMG’s hallmark muscular features. The front section displays a typically athletic AMG style, with the "twin blade" radiator grille encompassing the central Mercedes star. Three large openings in the front fascia ensure an effective flow of air to the cooling modules; the outer black flics further optimise the air ducting. A distinctive front splitter is situated at the bottom end of the central cooling air opening. Like the twin-blade radiator grille, it is painted matt titanium grey. Standard equipment includes bi-xenon headlamps.

In the side view, the feature lines blend perfectly with the side sill panels and the inserts in matt titanium grey. The "TURBO AMG" lettering on the wing is a further distinguishing feature of the two AMG models. There is a choice of three different AMG alloy-wheel designs for the A 45 AMG and CLA 45 AMG: both cars have AMG twin-spoke alloy wheels painted titanium grey with a high-sheen finish fitted as standard. The 8 x 18 wheels are fitted with 235/40 R 18 tyres all round. Alternative designs include the optional 8 x 19 AMG multi-spoke alloy wheels with 235/35 R 19 tyres. As well as being available in titanium grey with a high-sheen finish, the AMG alloy wheels can also be ordered in matt black with a high-sheen rim flange.

Mercedes CLA 45 AMG Edition 1

The dynamic styling of the front and side design is also clearly reflected at the rear end. The rear fascia with its stylised vertical side air outlet openings and the large diffuser insert are eye-catching features here. At the lower end, the matt titanium grey trim provides another stand-out feature. The AMG sports exhaust system with exhaust flap features two chrome-plated rectangular tailpipe trims on the A 45 AMG and two chrome-plated rectangular tailpipe trims featuring a twin-tailpipe design on the CLA 45 AMG.

High-class, sporty interior

Dynamic spirit and exclusivity are likewise dominant themes in the interior of the A 45 AMG and CLA 45 AMG. On opening the doors, the driver is greeted by the AMG start-up screen on the centrally positioned TFT colour display. The sporty instrument cluster features black, round dials, carbon-fibre design, silver/red needles and a 320-km/h speedometer scale. There is an AMG logo on the rev counter. The CLA 45 AMG has an instrument cluster with a 2-tube look to distinguish it from the A 45 AMG.
Both models exude high-class appeal thanks to the use of high-grade materials and AMG’s hallmark main menu in the central display. Called up at the push of a button on the multifunction steering wheel, this central display provides the driver with information using three modes: "Warm Up" indicates the engine oil, coolant and transmission oil temperatures; "Set Up" indicates the current ESP® mode and the transmission mode ("C", "S" or "M"); the "RACE" menu includes the RACETIMER, which the driver can use to record lap times on a cordoned-off racetrack. The permanent gear indicator in "M" mode helps when a sporty driving style is adopted. When approaching the red zone, the gear indicator turns red, flanked by a red "up" – this is a reminder for the driver to change gear. The separate gear indicator above the central display is an additional source of information for the driver: it includes a clear gearshift recommendation with a coloured arrow symbol, thus helping to save fuel.

Mercedes CLA 45 AMG Edition 1

AMG Performance seats with optimised lateral support as an optional extra

In the A 45 AMG, the instrument panel trim has a carbon-fibre look with five ventilation outlets in black/red. The CLA 45 AMG has a brushed aluminium trim with five galvanised ventilation outlets. Sports seats in ARTICO man-made leather/DINAMICA microfibre, red contrasting topstitching and red seat belts are standard in both high-performance cars. AMG Performance seats are available as optional extras exclusively for the A 45 AMG and CLA 45 AMG. Featuring AMG badges in the backrests and integrated belt guides in black or optionally silver chrome, they provide even better lateral support when adopting a sporty driving style. The AMG Performance seats can be enhanced by adding optional electrical seat adjustment including a memory function and multicontour function. In this case, the side bolsters of the seat cushion and backrest can be individually adjusted to suit the stature of the driver and front passenger at the push of a button, thus further optimising lateral support.

Both AMG models have the option of leather upholstery in black, crystal grey or nut brown. A particularly sporty touch is provided by the RED CUT perforated black leather appointments, which are part of the AMG Exclusive package.

AMG DRIVE UNIT and E-SELECT lever as standard

Mercedes CLA 45 AMG Edition 1

The AMG DRIVE UNIT in the centre console includes the selector lever with "C/S/M" button for the transmission modes. The multifunction sports leather steering wheel features red contrasting topstitching, a flattened bottom section, black shift paddles and a perforated grip area. An AMG performance steering wheel is available as an optional extra. It is also flattened at the top and has aluminium shift paddles along with a grip area in DINAMICA microfibre. The optional AMG Performance steering wheel also includes the E-SELECT lever with an embossed AMG emblem and the electronic main key with silver AMG emblem.

Further standard equipment for the A 45 AMG and CLA 45 AMG (selection):

  • AMG door sill panels
  • ECO start/stop function
  • Air conditioning
  • ATTENTION ASSIST drowsiness detection system
  • Radar-based COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST with Adaptive Brake Assist
  • Audio 20 CD radio
  • Red seat belts
  • Sports pedals in brushed stainless steel with rubber studs
  • Numerous individualisation options are available (selection):
  • AMG Aerodynamics package: AMG rear fascia, additional flics in front fascia, larger front splitter (A 45 AMG only)
  • AMG carbon-fibre exterior mirror housings
  • AMG Exterior Carbon-Fibre package: front splitter, side sill panel inserts and trim on rear fascia in genuine carbon fibre
  • AMG interior carbon-fibre trim (CLA 45 AMG only)
  • Illuminated AMG door sill panels
  • AMG Exclusive package
  • AMG floor mats
  • AMG 8 x 19 multi-spoke alloy wheels fitted with 235/35 R 19 tyres, in two variants: painted titanium grey with high-sheen finish or matt black with high-sheen rim flange
  • AMG Night package: privacy glass, black anodised beltline trim strip, radiator grille blades in silver chrome. Front splitter, exterior mirrors, side sill panel inserts and rear fascia trim in high-gloss black, two rectangular tailpipe trims in black
  • AMG Performance exhaust system (with two chrome-plated, rectangular tailpipe trims featuring twin-tailpipe design for A 45 AMG)
  • AMG Performance suspension with tauter spring/damper tuning
  • AMG Performance steering wheel and E-SELECT lever, electronic main key with AMG emblem
  • AMG Performance seats
  • AMG wheel bolt cover in black, hub cab with centre-locking look (only for standard-fit AMG alloy wheels)
  • Drive Kit Plus for Apple iPhone®
  • Harmann Kardon® Logic7® surround sound system
  • Intelligent Light System
  • Red-painted callipers

Expressive and exclusive: "Edition 1"

Mercedes CLA 45 AMG Edition 1

The A 45 AMG and CLA 45 AMG "Edition 1" models are extra-special: the expressive composition of exclusive exterior and interior details generates a new level of excitement. The A 45 AMG "Edition 1" focuses on the car’s affinity to motorsport: the Aerodynamics package with rear aerofoil, additional flics in the front fascia and a larger front splitter create an uncompromising racetrack feel. The paint finish in cirrus white harmonises perfectly with the AMG sports stripes in matt graphite grey on the bonnet, roof and sides. A cosmos black metallic paint finish is available as an alternative. Red accents on the headlamps, radiator grille, exterior mirrors and rear aerofoil leave a lasting impression. These are complemented perfectly by the red-painted brake callipers and the AMG multi-spoke alloy wheels painted matt black featuring special AMG hub caps with a centre-locking look. The 8 x 19 alloy wheels are fitted with 235/35 R 19 tyres all round. Further standard equipment for the A 45 AMG "Edition 1" includes the AMG Night package.

The CLA 45 AMG "Edition 1" features the Night package, red accents on the radiator grille and exterior mirrors, and AMG sports stripes in matt graphite grey above the side sill panels. The optional Intelligent Light System includes red accents on the headlamps. The AMG multi-spoke alloy wheels painted matt black with special AMG hub caps featuring a centre-locking look reveal red-painted brake callipers. The 8 x 19 alloy wheels are fitted with 235/35 R 19 tyres all round. The spoiler lip painted high-gloss black on the boot lid further reduces rear axle lift at high speeds. As well as being available in the standard colours cirrus white and night black, the CLA 45 AMG "Edition 1" can be ordered in optional cosmos black metallic, mountain grey metallic, polar silver metallic or designo polar silver magno.

Black and red dominate the interior of the A 45 AMG "Edition 1". Red contrasting topstitching embellishes the AMG Performance seats in ARTICO man-made leather/DINAMICA microfibre, the door panelling, the top section of the instrument panel in ARTICO man-made leather and the AMG Performance steering wheel in nappa leather/DINAMICA microfibre. Other visual highlights include the E-SELECT lever with embossed AMG emblem, the "Edition 1" badge on the AMG DRIVE UNIT and the AMG floor mats.

CLA 45 AMG "Edition 1": € 63,099.75


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