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Old 01-15-2013, 01:11 AM
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How do you guys think this will do against the Verano, ILX, A3, etc?

Just from reading the article, it seems to offer alot more torque than what the 2.4 ILX offers. But I'll bet its going to cost way more than 30k when you add options that would normally come standard on the ILX.
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Originally Posted by jwong77 View Post
How do you guys think this will do against the Verano, ILX, A3, etc?

Just from reading the article, it seems to offer alot more torque than what the 2.4 ILX offers. But I'll bet its going to cost way more than 30k when you add options that would normally come standard on the ILX.
I would imagine it'll price out somewhat like the other cars in the segment. Start at $29,900 and end up over $40k.

You could argue that it should be more expensive than the ILX given it's a ground-up chassis and not a re-used Civic ... But some people don't care and see the ILX as a good value.

I don't see the Verano competing with this. The Verano's competition is the ILX and cars like the Fusion/Accord/etc that creep into the low $30s.
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That .23 cd is impressive - with FWD and only 208HP the mileage figures should be good. I wonder why they went with a 7 DCT instead of the parts bin 7 AT?
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Mercedes is being smart, with the lower price range + FWD platform. Honestly their target market probably wouldn't even care. I bet a lot of Asian Americans (as I am one ) would LOVE to be able to say that they drive a Benz. Many folks who choose Lexus/Genesis/Acura/Infiniti for the value proposition over the German competition, now has a reverse effect, because with this model, it would ultimately be at the same price point or less. The Benz badge wouldnt hurt either, and will have a stronger chance to win out compared to the other brands mentioned.

Essentially, Mercedes will be stealing away potential customers from the Lexus/Genesis/Acura crowd and they will succeed with this model.
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There's no way it will be the same price point or less. You're looking at 30K price tag on paper, and when you reach the dealership, there's the $400 option for cupholders and a stereo knob, along with everything else not standard, and you're walking out the door with a much higher priced car than you expected.
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options this, options that...whether this is 30k or 40k, its still going to sell. I dont think this will be heavily cross shopped. Those that want to pimp out a Benz coupe sedan will figure out a way to get one.

The CLS is notorious for having a 'certain demographic' -- people that probably shouldnt be in a 70k car. The pricing is insignificant, those who want to be big daddy will find a way to get themselves in one. The price point for CLA (30k or 40k) will further expand to younger people who will again "find a way" to manage the payments of a CLA.

Same goes for Range Rover and the Evoque. All of you have to do is look at the leasing structure of an Evoque -- its pretty apparent whats going on there. The payments are over 50% more than what they should be...because people who want that entry Range (in the most part) are not in a position to buy, and will do what it takes to lease it. Regardless of the fact that they could go for a run of the mill SUV at a much better rate.

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Benz should have stuck to RWD because this thing looks terrible.

And the specs read like something I would expect from a Hyundai product. How the heck did they manage a 0-62 in 9.3 sec?

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I see that was a misprint. The website now shows 6.7 sec.

Still ugly though.


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If it has a the Tri-Star badge, people will buy it. Just look at the god aweful R-Class and A-Class. If it had any other badge on it, they wouldn't sell any.



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I see that was a misprint. The website now shows 6.7 sec.

Still ugly though.


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I learned long ago that in most cases, I need to reserve final judgment until I see it in person (see Panamera)
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If the A3 isn't a complete disaster, it will sell better than this. But I'd still rather have an ATS 2.0T 6MT if it weren't $44k for the car I want
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Originally Posted by Chief F1 Fan View Post
I learned long ago that in most cases, I need to reserve final judgment until I see it in person (see Panamera)
We've seen the Panamera and it's tastic in real life as it is in photographs.
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wait this looks bad to you guys???

wtf


i think it looks awesome. And I think this car can really sell on looks alone... especially for those that care only to get from point a to point b
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We've seen the Panamera and it's in real life as it is in photographs.
There is a black Turbo S in my neighborhood. It is menacing as hell.
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Old 02-05-2013, 06:26 AM
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FWD? wat.

Proportions look too off. Ginormous headlights. It would look good were everything but the actual dimensions scaled down by an eighth or so. The wheels/tires look minuscule in profile shots.

Perhaps lowered some, with a more aggressive wheel setup
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I LIKE IT! My only complain is the 2.0 4cyl Turbo motor @ 258hp...closer to 300 would have been the icing on the cake for me. But I still LIKE IT!...A LOT!
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No doubt this will be a big seller. It doesn't do much for me, but objectively speaking, it's a pretty handsome little car.
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I LIKE IT! My only complain is the 2.0 4cyl Turbo motor @ 258hp...closer to 300 would have been the icing on the cake for me. But I still LIKE IT!...A LOT!
that would be 258 lb/ft and 200 hp
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that would be 258 lb/ft and 200 hp
Even more so my only downfall for this little gem.
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Color Order Guide from CLA Forums

Premium Package is about $2200, Sport Package $2000, Nav Package $2300, Driver Package (BLIS, etc) $3k, plus other a la carte options like sunroof and metallic paint.

I'm guessing a fairly loaded CLA will be in the low $40Ks and a 4Matic CLA in the mid-$40Ks.
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Premium Package is about $2200, Sport Package $2000, Nav Package $2300, Driver Package (BLIS, etc) $3k, plus other a la carte options like sunroof and metallic paint.

I'm guessing a fairly loaded CLA will be in the low $40Ks and a 4Matic CLA in the mid-$40Ks.
no longer so affordable as they presented at first getting u sucked in the showroom
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^ $40K+ for a car with as much hp as my 06 TSX? That's a lot to pay for essentially a grill emblem.

I like this car at first but I'm not so fond of it now. I think if it said "Hyundai" on the grill people would be more critical of the look. It's just the brand that makes it appear more than it is.
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I think it's not a bad looking car, but not if it's 40k when optioned.

But, I've always been an MB fan. I had 2 diesel '82 Mercedes, a 240D & a 300SD, and my grandmother is on her 5th S-Class since '89 (buys a new one about every 5-7 years).
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^ $40K+ for a car with as much hp as my 06 TSX? That's a lot to pay for essentially a grill emblem.

I like this car at first but I'm not so fond of it now. I think if it said "Hyundai" on the grill people would be more critical of the look. It's just the brand that makes it appear more than it is.
Isn't that the case with any aspirational luxury item?
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Isn't that the case with any aspirational luxury item?
Yes it is. But I think some do a better job than others of providing premium value for a premium price. This car seems to be banking a lot of "premium value" based on the logo, where for that price there should be more "premium value" under the hood.
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no longer so affordable as they presented at first getting u sucked in the showroom
Under 30K my ass.
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Nicer proportions than the CLS imo.

The Germans are much more adept at peeling back more benjis on the option list from paying customers, would I load it up to 40 gizzle, probably not. CLA45 AMG for around 50 sounds fairly priced though.
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He looks like he's falling asleep. Is it that boring to drive?
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As Mercedes-Benz's U.S. marketers brainstormed in 2009 about how to attract youthful buyers with a compact sedan then being developed, it quickly became clear what they needed most -- an un-Mercedes-like sticker price.

Something, say, less than $30,000.

That's what the marketing team wanted and that's what it got for the front-wheel-drive CLA that arrives in showrooms this fall. But it meant jumping through a series of hoops to persuade Daimler executives in Stuttgart.

"From our earliest product concept, when they asked us, 'Where does it need to be?' we always said $29,900,'" said Steve Cannon, CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA. "We wanted to shock people."

And that's pretty much what they did last month in a 30-second Super Bowl commercial that proclaimed the price in big, bold numbers.

Still, it was a 3-year effort to get Germany to agree not only to price the sedan at $29,900, before the $925 shipping charge, but to announce the price so long before it goes on sale in September.

"It was a phenomenal accomplishment that we ended up with the pricing we asked for,"
said Cannon, who was head of marketing when discussions on the subject began in July 2009.

"Germany knows we are trying to open our brand and we are trying to get younger buyers," he said. "You can have great styling that speaks to them. But if you do not bring your transaction price to the point where they can reach your brand, you aren't going to accomplish your objective."

The CLA, a sedan with coupe styling, is the 1st of 3 compact fwd vehicles that Mercedes will offer in the United States. The GLA compact crossover goes on sale in August 2014 and the B-class electric sedan debuts in early 2015.

But the CLA is regarded as the halo car at the bottom of its range.

"We said, 'Here is the opportunity with one car to redefine the perception of the Mercedes-Benz brand,'" Cannon said. "People always put us up into this stratosphere. We are associated with the S class and heads of state."

U.S. team members knew they needed a significant price gap -- at least $5,000 -- between the CLA and the C-class sedan so there would be no cannibalization, said Bernie Glaser, Mercedes-Benz USA marketing boss.

The 2013 C250 sedan, Mercedes' current U.S. entry car, is priced at $36,275, including shipping. Typically equipped, the average transaction price for the C class tops $40,000, Glaser said. The average C-class buyer is 51 years old with a household income of $137,000.

With the CLA, Mercedes wanted to aim at 30- to 40-year-old buyers.

In 2010, a few influential U.S. dealers were flown to the Mercedes design studio in Irvine, Calif., for an early look at the CLA. It was unusual for Mercedes to let dealers see a product so early but management wanted their support in the pricing talks with Germany.

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"The feedback we got was that Stuttgart was concerned about cannibalization of the C class," said Joseph Agresta Jr., president of Benzel-Busch Motor Car Corp. in Englewood, N.J., and chairman of the Mercedes dealer council. "There was always a concern about dilution of the brand."

He said the dealers "all agreed the [lower] price point was not an issue for us."

But the dealers wanted the CLA to come standard with advanced safety and collision-avoidance features, a luxurious interior and the latest entertainment and communications system, Agresta said. The ability to go online and link smartphone applications is especially important to the young buyers Mercedes was targeting, he said.

For nearly 2 decades, Mercedes-Benz USA had rejected selling the small European A and B class in the United States. But with Mercedes' new generation of fwd cars, the U.S. executives felt they had stylish vehicles that would appeal to Americans.

Still, Cannon and his team had plenty to do. They had to show Stuttgart that a lower entry price would bring in more buyers and retain them as their income grew.

Cannon shot down concerns about customer loyalty by citing the numbers. Mercedes' loyalty rate was 58.6% last year, the highest among luxury brands, according to R.L. Polk & Co.

He said much of the back-and-forth with Stuttgart dealt with the price needed to attract a certain volume. But with the CLA "there was also a brand discussion -- the brand opportunity."

The U.S. team had something else going for it: The CLA would be built in a new factory in Kecskemet, Hungary. Labor costs in Hungary are lower than in Germany, where the previous generation A and B class were made. Also, the new factory will make several models using a new flexible architecture.

"It made a big difference," Cannon said. "Without that we would not have been able to do it."

And the U.S. team had some clout at the Hungary plant, too. They wanted a big piece of the CLA's annual production. Initially the factory will make 150,000 vehicles a year and likely double output to 300,000 units annually by 2015.

Beyond a niche

Cannon won't say how many CLAs Mercedes-Benz plans to sell annually in the United States but said it will be more than a niche vehicle.

In October 2012, Cannon and Glaser went before the Mercedes-Benz management board to present the business case with projected volumes. They had the support of Joachim Schmidt, Mercedes-Benz board member for sales and marketing.

Mercedes-Benz USA pitched the $29,900 price with the assumption that the average transaction price would be between $33,000 and $35,000 compared with $42,000 for the C class, Cannon said.

The price will break a psychological barrier, have "a wow effect," Cannon said. "And it is a double-wow effect when you look at the sheet metal."

The U.S. team proposed a CLA with standard features such as collision control, a 7-speed automatic transmission and power seats so that "people who step into this realize it isn't a stripper car," Cannon said.

The board signed off on pricing in late October 2012.

In November, Stuttgart agreed that Mercedes-Benz USA could announce the price in the Super Bowl commercial.

"For us that was a huge victory, to get the price point that we wanted,"
Cannon said. "We don't always win that battle -- sometimes production or content costs are higher and we make compromises along the way so that the price we settle on is actually higher. This time, we got exactly what we wanted."
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Hmmmm the CLA45AMG comes in at just under $48k. I may have to go check this out when it comes out. 0-60 in 4.4.
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Cannon won't say how many CLAs Mercedes-Benz plans to sell annually in the United States but said it will be more than a niche vehicle.
It's a beautiful MB and the CLA45 AMG seems even more enticing.
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Precisely what Acura needs to be doing.

The price will break a psychological barrier, have "a wow effect," Cannon said. "And it is a double-wow effect when you look at the sheet metal."
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I like MB's line of thinking.
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Hmmmm the CLA45AMG comes in at just under $48k. I may have to go check this out when it comes out. 0-60 in 4.4.
+1. You need a Mustang Boss 302 with 444hp at $50k to topple that.
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Post 2013 Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG

Press release...

Mercedes-AMG kicks off the automotive spring of 2013 in the "Big Apple" in dynamic style as the CLA 45 AMG celebrates its world premiere at the New York International Auto Show. The philosophy behind this four-door mid-series coupé matches that of the successful CLS 63 AMG, the trendsetter among four-door high-performance coupés. A glance at this high-tech package suffices to show that the CLS 45 AMG also has all the typical DNA to make it a perfect representative of the AMG's Driving Performance brand claim: with a peak output of 265 kW (360 hp) and maximum torque of 450 Newton metres, its turbocharged engine is not only the most powerful four-cylinder unit in series production anywhere in the world but also a highly efficient one that meets the EU6 emissions standard. With fuel consumption of 6.9 litres per 100 km according to NEDC combined figures, the CLA 45 AMG meets even the most exacting requirements. The performance-oriented AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive of the CLA 45 AMG similarly sets a new benchmark in its competitive segment.

Ola Källenius, Chairman of Mercedes-AMG GmbH: "With the CLA 45 AMG, Mercedes-AMG is launching a unique and highly desirable automobile with all the typical DNA of AMG. A high-tech package that includes the most powerful series-production four-cylinder engine in the world as well as performance-oriented AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive, it embodies Driving Performance
at its best."

The new four-door high-performance coupé offers an exceptional combination of an excitingly sporty driving experience, extravagant design and exclusive individuality. With the CLA 45 AMG Mercedes-AMG is establishing a completely new segment – as it did previously with the CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake (2012) and the CLS 55 AMG (2004). At the time of their launch, neither of these AMG models had any direct rivals, but went on to inspire other automotive manufacturers. Turbocharged engine, all-wheel drive and the AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sports transmission - the CLA 45 AMG features the same drive system that is already powering the A 45 AMG to deliver highly dynamic and efficient performance.

four-cylinder turbo

A glance at the technical data for the CLA 45 AMG shows: the AMG 2.0-litre turbo engine, with a maximum output of 265 kW (360 hp) and up to 450 Newton metres of torque, is the most powerful turbocharged four-cylinder engine in series production anywhere in the world.

The combination of high performance and torque, together with the performance-oriented AMG 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system, gives the CLA 45 AMG driving characteristics almost on a par with those of a sports car. The performance coupé accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds and its top speed is 250 km/h (electronically limited). But the AMG 2.0-litre turbo engine is impressive not only in terms of its dynamic performance but also with regard to its efficiency and environmental compatibility. The CLA 45 AMG achieves a fuel consumption level of 6.9 litres per 100 kilometres according to NEDC combined figures, while it already meets the EU6 emissions standard that only comes into effect in 2015 as well as the limit for the particle count per kilometre of 6 × 1011 part./km that will become mandatory in 2017.

The basis for these impressive figures is provided by the high-tech package which has been put together by Mercedes-AMG. As a high-performance engine belonging to the BlueDIRECT family, the four-cylinder turbo engine features spray-guided direct petrol injection via piezo injectors positioned centrally in the four combustion chambers. The combination of multiple fuel injection and multiple spark ignition improves fuel utilisation and increases thermodynamic efficiency substantially, leading to lower exhaust emissions. Other highlights include the gravity-die sandcast all-aluminium crankcase, weight-optimised crank assembly with forged steel crankshaft and forged pistons with friction-optimised piston rings, NANOSLIDE cylinder wall technology, air-water charge air cooling, generator management and ECO start/stop function.

Twin-scroll turbochargers and AMG exhaust

Mercedes-AMG addresses the essential challenges concerning the response of small-displacement turbo engines by means of a twin-scroll turbocharger, maximum derestriction of the exhaust system and an innovative injection strategy. The twin-scroll technology provides for a more spontaneous build-up of charge pressure, making effective use of exhaust gas back pressure, exhaust gas temperature and exhaust gas impulse. This results in a swifter build-up of torque right from the lower rev range. As a positive side-effect, the twin-scroll technology also benefits fuel consumption and exhaust emissions. With a maximum charge pressure of 1.8 bar, the AMG 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine leads the field in this respect, too.

The AMG sports exhaust system features large pipe cross-sections and an automatically controlled exhaust flap. This technology, which is familiar from the SLK 55 AMG, reconciles the two apparently conflicting aims of tangible dynamism and hallmark Mercedes comfort on long journeys. The flap is continuously adjusted by map control according to the power called up by the driver, load status and engine speed. The AMG sports exhaust system emits a fascinating, full engine sound that is particularly impressive during powerful acceleration.

An AMG Performance exhaust system with exhaust flap is available as an option for the A 45 AMG. This provides for an even more emotional and striking engine sound when the throttle is open and during gear shifting. The double-declutching function during downshifting and the interruption of ignition and injection during upshifting under full load produce a particularly throaty sound with the AMG Performance exhaust system and create a level of emotionality which is otherwise the preserve of engines with more than four cylinders.

High-performance cooling system

The high driving dynamics of the CLA 45 AMG call for a highly effective cooling system. On the basis of the components from the SLS AMG, a low-temperature circuit is additionally deployed for air-water charge air cooling of the four-cylinder turbo engine. The cooler extending across the complete front level of the cooling module is supplemented by an additional cooler in the wheel arch. Together with the charge air cooler, which is connected in series, a high-performance electric pump ensures the required flow through the water coolers located behind the large intake ports. This provides for ideal cooling of the highly compressed charge air, thereby contributing towards optimum engine performance.

The cooling of the transmission oil is integrated into the water cooling circuit for the engine. The water cooler positioned behind the front apron is supported by the heat exchanger which is fitted directly on the transmission and supplied with cooling water as required by means of an auxiliary pump.

"One man, one engine"

As is the case with all eight- and twelve-cylinder engines, the new AMG four‑cylinder turbo engine is hand-built according to the traditional AMG philosophy of "one man, one engine". An exclusive assembly line has been set up for the new AMG engine at the Mercedes-Benz engine production plant in Kölleda – where all BlueDIRECT four-cylinder engines are built for the A- and B-Class models. A characteristic feature of the "one man, one engine" production process is the AMG engine plate bearing the signature of the responsible engine fitter. Apart from serving as an AMG hallmark confirming superlative production quality, the AMG engine plate also attests to the peerless DNA of Mercedes-Benz's high-performance brand.

AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed

Dual clutch transmission and all-wheel drive – the drive package on board the new CLA 45 AMG is a demonstration of high-end engineering prowess. The AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sports transmission is directly flange-mounted on the transversely installed engine. Key software modules have been adopted from the SLS AMG super sports car with its inspirational power transmission concept. The dual clutch transmission of the CLA 45 AMG features seven gears, three driving programmes, a double-declutching function and RACE START for optimum acceleration. The strengths of the AMG DCT sports transmission include spontaneous gear shifting without any interruption in tractive power, a tailor-made control strategy, extremely smooth and easy gear shifting and a high level of efficiency. Reinforced gear wheels provide for maximum stability. Synchroniser rings with carbon-fibre friction linings improve durability while also optimising the response time during manual gear-changing – the ideal basis for ambitious laps on cordoned-off race tracks.

AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive

The CLA 45 AMG comes with variable, performance-oriented AMG 4MATIC all‑wheel drive as standard. In developing this all-wheel drive, the focus was firmly on performance and dynamism. The power flux to the rear powertrain is provided by a compact power take-off unit (PTU) which is fully integrated in the 7-speed sports transmission. It does not possess an oil circuit of its own. Instead, it is supplied with lubricant from the oil circuit of the sports transmission. This configuration gives rise to substantial weight advantages in comparison to rival systems which branch off power by means of an add-on component with its own oil circuit. Together with the friction-minimised tapered roller bearings, the PTU achieves an excellent level of efficiency. As an additional bonus, the system weight of the new AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive is up to 25 percent lighter than the all-wheel-drive versions offered by the competition.

A two-part propeller shaft transfers the power from the AMG 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine to the rear axle. In the interests of favourable weight distribution, an electrohydraulically controlled multiple-disc clutch is integrated with the rear axle differential. The multiple-disc clutch immediately detects slip at the front axle. A hydraulic pump instantaneously presses the discs together and channels the engine torque to the rear wheels as necessary. All this takes place virtually without the driver noticing. To enable particularly fast response, the pump is always active and does not require to be started up each time it is needed, as is customary with other systems. Power distribution is fully variable: in normal driving, the CLA 45 AMG uses front-wheel drive in the interests of optimum efficiency. When the driving dynamics so require, the variable AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive splits the torque between front and rear axle up to a ratio of 50:50 percent. The variables influencing the power distribution ratio are vehicle speed, lateral and longitudinal acceleration, steering angle, speed difference between the individual wheels, selected gear and accelerator position.

AMG sports suspension with independent front and rear axle
Like every AMG high-performance automobile, the new CLA 45 AMG also incorporates sophisticated axle technology. For enhanced driving dynamics, the three-link front suspension is provided with stiffer steering knuckles and totally new elastokinematics. Newly developed, more rigid bearings are employed in the lower link plane. These provide for more agile cornering properties and more precise and direct feedback from the road surface. The more rigid bearings also lead to higher camber stiffness, enabling higher cornering speeds. In developing the complete front axle, great importance has been attached to attaining the best possible traction in highly dynamic driving.

The four-link rear axle of the CLA 45 AMG is also a totally new development. In the course of optimising the elastokinematics, the strut bearings were duly adapted for maximum driving dynamics and control. The rear axle carrier is provided with more rigid bearings for increased driving stability; the subframe is rigidly connected to the body. The AMG sports suspension with specifically tuned spring/damper units and larger stabilisers provides for high lateral acceleration and a reduced rolling tendency in fast double bends. The CLA 45 AMG comes as standard with AMG light-alloy wheels fitted with 235/40 R 18 tyres.

AMG speed-sensitive sports steering and AMG high-performance
braking system


The electromechanical Dual Pinion AMG speed-sensitive sports steering with AMG-specific, speed-dependent power assistance and a constant steering ratio (14.5 : 1) enables high steering precision and agility. The electric motor is installed in space-saving configuration on the steering gear. The AMG high-performance braking system with ventilated and perforated brake discs all round in size 350 x 32 millimetres at the front and 330 x 22 millimetres at the rear provides for spontaneous and reliable deceleration.

Unmistakable design

Just a glance at the new CLA 45 AMG makes it very clear: any resemblance to the CLS 63 AMG is absolutely intentional. The expressive design idiom of the CLA has been enhanced by Mercedes-AMG with some characteristic AMG elements - and the result is a new design icon. The sporty proportions of the CLA were there from the start , but its dynamic look is reinforced by the AMG "twin blade" radiator grille and the cross strut in the AMG front apron, both painted in matt titanium grey. The generously proportioned cooling air intakes are framed by black flics, which improve the airflow over the cooling modules positioned behind them. Bi-xenon headlamps are included as standard.

An eyecatching view from the side is ensured by the sill panels with inserts in matt titanium grey. Further elements typical of a top-of-the-range AMG model include the AMG twin-spoke light-alloy wheels, painted grey and with a high-sheen finish, plus the "TURBO AMG" lettering on the wing. Seen from the rear, the CLA 45 AMG displays a distinctive AMG rear apron: this not only reveals the presence of the air outlet openings at the sides, but also incorporates a large diffuser insert and a trim section in matt titanium grey. The two chrome-plated twin tailpipes of the AMG sports exhaust system, including an exhaust flap, serve to emphasise the car's dynamic appeal. The striking LED tail lights are a standard feature.

Top-quality interior

Impressive quality, high-grade materials and all the dynamism and exclusivity commonly associated with Mercedes-AMG - the interior of the CLA 45 AMG leaves nothing to be desired. Sports seats in ARTICO man-made leather/DINAMICA microfibre with red contrasting topstitching, red seat belts, the multifunction steering wheel with shift paddles, the AMG DRIVE UNIT and AMG door sill panels all come as standard. Coordinating perfectly with one another are the brushed aluminium trim of the instrument panel and the five galvanised ventilation outlets. Information is provided by the AMG instrument cluster with its central colour display, the AMG main menu and the RACETIMER.

Numerous individualisation options are available for the CLA 45 AMG (selection):

*AMG carbon-fibre exterior mirror housing
*AMG Exterior Carbon-Fibre package: front splitter, side sill panel inserts and trim on rear apron in genuine carbon fibre
*AMG carbon-fibre interior trim
*AMG Exclusive package
*AMG floor mats
*AMG multi-spoke light-alloy wheels in 8 x 19 fitted with 235/35 R 19 tyres, in two variants: painted in titanium grey with high-sheen finish or in matt black with high-sheen rim flange
*AMG Night package: privacy glass, black anodised beltline trim strip, black tailpipe trims in chromed finish, radiator fins in silver chrome, high-gloss black painted finish for front splitter, exterior mirrors, side sill panel inserts and rear apron trim
*AMG Performance exhaust system
*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 covers in black with hub caps in central-locking look (for standard AMG light-alloy wheels only)
*Intelligent Light System
*Red-painted callipers
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