- Seven-Speed AMG Speedshift MCT
- Horsepower @ RPM:
- 2.0 L (Est.)
- Top Speed:
- 155 mph (Est.)
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.
From the front, our rendering features most of the typical AMG styling components. This includes black mirrors, an aggressive front apron and splitter, a sportier grille, a black-painted roof and large, black wheels.
The only change out back is the addition of a meaty diffuser and a pair of split-exit exhaust tips.
Thought the AMG goods are covered up front — minus the larger apron — you can see the larger rims and big brakes that make it obvious that this is an AMG version. Though the apron is covered up, we anticipate it having a set of large air intakes to help its powerful four-pot stay cool.
Around back, you can see a set of quad-exit tailpipes that help set it apart from a standard GLA-Class. Additionally, it also has a diffuser and a rear spoiler to help keep the model affixed to the tarmac.
Another model that we are unsure about making its way to the U.S. is the Audi RS Q3. This beast features a 2.5-liter five-cylinder powerplant with 310 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque that mates to a seven-speed S tronic transmission and quattro all-wheel drive.
This helps sprint the SUV to 62 mph in 5.5 seconds and to a top speed of 155 mph. In Germany, the RS Q3 checks in at €54,600 (about $75,500).
gallery: Audi RS Q3
The X1 xDrive35i is not necessarily a performance variant, like the RS Q3 and the GLA 45 AMG, but its 300-horsepower 3.0-liter six-cylinder puts it about on par with these models. Independent testing put the X1 xDrive35i at 5.8 seconds to 60 mph, making it slightly slower than both the Audi and Mercedes models.