Revised 2023 Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 and CLA 45 S launched | CAR Magazine

Revised 2023 Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 and CLA 45 S launched

Published: 19 January 2023 Updated: 19 January 2023

► Facelifted compact performance coupe unveiled
► AMG CLA 35 gains mild hybrid assistance
► New AMG CLA 45 S Street Style Edition

This is the facelifted Mercedes-AMG CLA line-up. The German brand has picked through both the 35 and 45 variants, applying the same selection of cosmetic and technological improvements found on the standard facelifted CLA range.

Key changes include restyled LED headlights, fresh front and rear bumpers, new alloy wheel designs and some new interior customisation options. For example, the seats can now be trimmed in new brown microfibre upholstery, while the dashboard is now available in open-pore lime wood.

Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 2023 facelift: front three quarter, studio background

The AMG CLA 35’s 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine now features the same 48-volt mild hybrid system found on the lowliest petrol CLAs. It adds an extra 13bhp to the engine’s output under heavy acceleration and works to improve the unit’s efficiency when cruising. Which is welcome because Mercedes says it’ll only return up to 34.8mpg.

Thankfully, the performance makes up for the fuel economy. The AMG CLA 35 produces 302bhp and 295lb/ft of torque, which is enough for a 0–62mph time of 4.9 seconds and a top speed of 155mph. To help get that power to the ground, the car also comes with four-wheel drive as standard. Mercedes has also fitted a new radiator to better manage engine temperatures at high speeds.

Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S Shooting Brake 2023 facelift: rear three quarter, studio background, Street Style Special Edition

The flagship AMG CLA 45 hasn’t changed much under the bonnet. Its turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine produces the same 416bhp and 369lb/ft of torque as the pre-facelift model, which means performance is identical. The 0–62mph sprint takes 4.1 seconds, while top speed stands at 168mph.

Again, the CLA 45 S also comes with four-wheel drive as standard but, unlike the 35’s system, it features a torque vectoring system which can selectively divvy up the engine’s power between the front and rear axles and the two rear wheels for the best cornering performance.

Anything else worth mentioning?

Mercedes has launched a new special edition version of the AMG CLA 45 S to complement the facelift. It’s called the Street Style Edition – and it features a handful of styling tweaks to set it apart from the rest of the AMG CLA range.

Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S Coupe 2023 facelift: front three quarter, studio background, Street Style Special Edition

The most noticeable changes are the aggressive aero package and the lairy AMG-branded chequered flag graphics. Look more closely, though, and you’ll spot red brake calipers, florescent orange trim, an AMG filler cap and set of matte black 19-inch alloy wheels. The body is also finished in exclusive mountain grey mango paint.

The changes continue inside with model-specific upholstery, complete with the same orange accents found on the exterior of the car. Buyers also get a set of special edition treadplates and some exclusive floor mats stamped with the ‘Street Style Edition’ badge.

Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S Coupe 2023 facelift: interior, studio background, Street Style Special Edition

By Luke Wilkinson

Deputy Editor of Parkers. Unhealthy obsession with classic Minis and old Alfas. Impenetrable Cumbrian accent

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