New 2019 Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 Cranks It Up With Over 400 Horsepower

After seeing multiple CLA prototypes undergoing tests in public recently, it was about time the range-topping AMG version stuck its head out – and, naturally, get sniped by our spy photographers.

Compared to the regular model, the AMG-powered version is clearly more aggressive in the way it looks, from the Panamericana grille, to the beefy front and rear spoilers, quad-exhaust tips, boot lid spoiler, massive diffuser and lowered ride height.

From a front, three-quarter angle, the car looks like what we expected it to ever since we saw this rendering back in February. What the render got wrong is the A-Class Sedan-like taillight design, which in reality is clearly a lot less thick around the outer edges as far as the all-new CLA is concerned.

The all-new CLA will share the A-Class Sedan’s dual screen layout, yet we might still see a few changes that could help differentiate their interiors, especially since the CLA is supposed to be a more stylish and pricier alternative to the A-Class Sedan.

It could actually be called the CLA 50

According to the latest reports, the Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 (or 50, as some suggest it will be named) will be powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-pot, pushing down more than 400 PS (394 HP) to all four corners via Mercedes‘ 4MATIC all-wheel drive system.

Since the old CLA 45 could hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.2 seconds from a standstill, we expect the new, more powerful version to get that down to 4 seconds flat, or possibly even less.

There have been reports about Mercedes adding an even more focused and powerful ‘S’ variant with a 20hp or so boost, as well.

Mercedes hasn’t yet announced a launch date, but this should happen either towards the end of 2018 or, more likely, in the first half of 2019.

Article has been updated with new spy shots and information

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Photo Credits: CarPix and S. Baldauf/SB-Medien for CarScoops

  • Merc1

    The new A-Class looks worlds better inside and out, than the current CLA, but this new CLA will definitely be sexier looking than than the new A Sedan, as it should be. Really looks good here, good proportions for FWD design.


  • Elmediterraneo

    For the A-class, CLA, GLA, GLB
    – 35 : entry-level
    – 45 : top-level
    – 45 S : 45 with more power

    For the C-class, GLC, E-class, GLE, CLS, S-class, GLS, G-class,
    – 53 : entry-level
    – 63 : top-level
    – 63 S : 63 with more power
    – 63 R : 63 with even more power than a 63 S + some track-focused features
    – 73 : hybrid version of the 63 for the most expensive models.

    • Javokhir_Sam

      63R and 73? are these your predicitions? Guess 63R is unneccesary but hybrid 73 seems logical.

    • Jason Panamera

      As far as i know 73 will be firstly implemented in new generation of SL. Then they will see if other models would get it.

  • The question I keep asking myself, with all these 2.0L and smaller engines, overboosted with turbos and on steriods, what is the longevity and reliability of these pervasive engines?

    • Javokhir_Sam

      I think you can expect much of a reliability issues in this small overboosted engines. And plus, automakers are moving onto the same recipe for their line-up lately by saying it will save some fuel. But in real world the savings are tiny or none in the same time with reliability concerns. When driving you are constantly disturbed by the fact that it may explode in any given moment if you floor it. Miss good old N/A engines.

      • javier

        i have a gla45. It gets really good mileage @ 70 mph. I don’t feel like it will explode. I don’t miss heavy old na engines. Mercedes makes quality stuff, it’s not vw or ford

    • Kagan

      Good question but many buyers just kkep them some years and get rid of them.

  • Merc1

    How is the CLA “better” than the CLS?


  • Some ol’ bloke

    400hp? who needs that?

    • Matt

      Is that a retorical question?

      • Some ol’ bloke

        Kind of…

  • Matt

    That’s more to do with a design flaw, not the size of the engine. There are many large displacement engines that have inherent design definicies which result in unreliability.

  • dumblikeyou2

    Yeah but, Ford. Ya know.

  • Dennis James

    This is BMW M3 power with AWD. If you don’t take it to the track (so you are among the 90% of customers) and it’s priced at BMW M2 levels, it will be a great buy.

  • Mynameis Taylor

    I don’t understand.. It seems a bit redundant to have a two 4 door coupe variants within the same class, and no conventional 2 DOOR COUPE

  • Merc1

    It’s done on purpose so it’s rushed. You sound clueless and blind.


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