Mercedes has released a series of official ‘spy shots’ of the CLA 45 AMG on test. Scheduled to debut at January’s Detroit Motor Show, the compact four-door coupe will be based on the same platform as the A and B-Class.
The ‘4matic’ lettering on the disguise shows that this is a four-wheel-drive prototype. In addition, there’s an aggressive front bumper, AMG wheels and twin exhausts – confirming that this is the AMG version.
As with the A45 AMG, the CLA 45 will have a 335bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo, with a seven-speed twin-clutch box and all-wheel drive. Expect a 0-62mph time of around 5.0 seconds, while the limited top speed can be increased with an optional Performance Pack.
The CLA 45 AMG is expected to cost around £38,000 when it arrives in the UK in late 2013.