Published on 15 Jun 2013 by Dan Read
The original Mercedes A-Class was blamed for taking the brand downmarket as its mini-MPV looks weren’t in keeping the family of saloon cars the German marque produced at the time. Thankfully, the latest A-Class is a better looking, sleeker machine, but if it still doesn’t do much for you maybe the Mercedes CLA 45 AMG Coupe will.
Mercedes kept nothing from the last A-Class when they made the current generation and it helped push the car from min-MPV status to hot hatch. The new A-Class challenges the BMW 1-Series challenger rather than Vauxhall Meriva and in keeping with the current generation’s new status, the German car maker has produced the Mercedes CLA 45 AMG Coupe which will take sales from the fastest version of the upcoming BMW 2-Series.
The aggressive front end mirrors that found on the Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG and we’re expecting the coupe to have the same 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine found in the four-door coupe version of the car. That will give drivers 355bhp and 332lb ft of torque to play with. The seven-speed dual clutch transmission and four-wheel drive system are standard in the four-door and we can’t see Mercedes changing anything with the two-door model. You’re looking at a 0-62mph time of 4.6 secs and fuel economy of 40.9mpg. As you’d expect, the top speed’s limited to 155mph.
The CLA Class is one of Mercedes newest ranges as production only started in 2013 in the firm’s new Hungarian factory. We’re expecting the CLA-Class to become one of the firm’s most popular ranges, particularly amongst younger motorists and can’t wait to get some more images of the two-door coupe version that’s better looking and sportier than the current car.