2013 Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG | Review, Price, Interior, Exterior, Engine. – Now, Mercedes-Benz will likely charge into the American market compact luxury party in 2014, several years tardy but with no shortage of enthusiasm. The incursion kicks off with the swoopy CLA class sedan and will eventually include a sub GLK crossover and an electrified B-class. The company’s U.S. stewards are also considering the A-class hatchback as a fourth small offering, but the car on these pages is significant even if Americans never have a chance to buy one. This A45 AMG prototype packs the same hardware that will power the CLA45 AMG sedan that arrives in U.S. dealerships in 2014.
Mercedes-Benz has confirmed that the new hot hatch will be called the A45 AMG (previously thought to be an A25 AMG) and that it will go on sale in Europe early next year, where it will go up against rivals such as the Audi RS3 and BMW M135i. The A45 AMG will be just one of three new compact models developed by Mercedes’ in house tuner AMG, the others being AMG versions of the U.S. bound CLA four door coupe and a planned CLA Shooting Brake.
While the A45 AMG is unlikely to be sold in the U.S., the boss of AMG, Ola Kallenius, has revealed to AutoWeek that the two CLA-based AMG models, likely to be called the CLA45 AMG and CLA45 AMG Shooting Brake, will reach U.S. showrooms sometime in 2014.
2013 Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG Price :
2013 Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG Price. – Mercedes-Benz’s most affordable AMG model is currently the $152,800 C63 AMG, but CarAdvice can reveal that the hottest A-Class will cost about $80,000 when it goes in sale in 2013 as a rival for the upcoming BMW M135i. Company insiders have also confided to CarAdvice that it will be joined by the Mercedes-Benz CLA AMG, the flagship model of what is essentially a junior CLS four door ‘coupe’ and will carry about a $5000 premium over the A45 AMG with which it will share its platform and mechanicals.
2013 Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG Interior and Exterior :
2013 Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG Interior and Exterior. – Word has it that the United States and Canada most likely will not get this wee AMG, but we hear this same powertrain with strengthened seven speed dual clutch transmission will come to us in a four door CLA 45 AMG version, and possibly also in a smaller crossover vehicle based on the modular chassis beneath the A and B Class ranges.
Official pics from this early peak a boo at HQ come out only after we leave, but we just got hold of these spy photos that show the car with very little left to the imagination. Best example of what we’re talking about is the main show car unveiled at this past March’s Geneva motor show the A 250 Sport with the full AMG treatment pictured here.
Of what little we could divulge from the stone faced Teutons, these little 45 AMGs will all come with all wheel drive, and we don’t intend a full on 4Matic treatment. It is aidsed instead by a hang on rear differential. But you can switch off completely the ESP and have a solid Sport rear bias. The challenge for all this dynamically will be the projected 60 percent of total weight resting over the front axle, 60 percent of around 3,300 pounds.
2013 Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG Engine :
2013 Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG Engine. – The all wheel drive system will be rear-biased for sportier driving, and the AMG hatch will include high performance brakes, sports suspension, and a three stage stability control system with differing levels of intervention. A torque output of more than 400Nm has also been teased, though company insiders have told CarAdvice the Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG will have a higher output per litre than a Porsche 911 GT3 thanks to a power figure of about 265kW.
That’s expected to help give the A45 AMG a 0-100km/h acceleration time below five seconds to match the rival BMW M135i (4.9 seconds claimed) that is rear-wheel drive and produces less power (235kW) but likely more torque (450Nm) from its turbocharged 3.0 litre six cylinder engine.
The BMW M135i hatch pictured below, and part of a new breed of cars produced by the Munich based brand’s M performance division but sit a rung below the full M cars is expected to have a similar price tag, setting up a perfect and enticing comparison test with the Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG. Source: autoblog.com, automobilemag.com, autocarrelease.com.