New Mercedes CLA range topped by AMG CLA45

Published: 04 July 2019

► New Mercedes CLA Coupe on sale now
► UK prices start at £31k, due summer 2019
► AMG CLA 45 S tops the range with 415bhp

Mercedes has completed the CLA's range with an AMG flagship: the CLA 45. Like the A45, it's just been revealed at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

There's a regular CLA45 version with 382bhp and an S with 415bhp from a rather angry 2.0-litre turbocharged four-pot - the most powerful standard production four-cylinder on sale. The CLA45 is rated at being just 0.1sec slower than its A-Class counterpart on the benchmark 0-62mph sprint: AMG cites 4.0sec for the S, 4.1sec for the regular one.

That shove is dealt with via an eight-speed dual-clutch auto and 4Matic+ all-wheel drive. There's a drift mode in the dynamic select system, too, if you want to get your powersliding game on.

CLA45 rear quarter

Keep reading for more on the Mercedes CLA range.

Mercedes CLA coupe: the lowdown

The stubby four-door will be priced from £30,550. That'll bag you a CLA 180 AMG Line model, but customers can pick from a range of engine outputs and specs that'll eventually push the price past £37k:

  • CLA 180  From £30,550
  • CLA 200  From £32,100
  • CLA 220  From 32,865
  • CLS 220 4Matic  From £34,465
  • CLA 250  £33,640

Only petrols are available at launch, boasting CO2 emissions as low as 123g/km. All models at launch get a seven-speed twin-clutch transmission and AMG Line trim, which includes MBUX voice recognition, 10-inch touchscreen, LED headlamps, twin-zone climate control, keyless ignition and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupe: more details

Rather than launching the car at the 2019 Detroit motor show, Daimler decided to show the new CLA Coupe at CES or the Consumer Electronics Show – an event usually associated with tech.

Take a look at the pictures here of the Orange Edition CLA,  and it’s clear this car shares DNA with the new A-Class - both inside and out. It’s longer, more flowing but inherently the same car – and it features the same tech-rich interior as its smaller, compact sibling – which is probably why Mercedes chose to reveal it at CES.

MBUX learns

According to Mercedes, the MBUX in the CLA is actually more advanced than the system originally was, and has learned new functions. CAR understands that the new MBUX can understand considerably more complex commands than before, and also doesn’t get confused between occupants in the car. Instead, it just responds to whoever initially said ‘Hey Mercedes.’ We’re expecting these features to roll out to the existing A-class via an OTA update.


‘We are now igniting the next level with an intelligent interior assistance system for the compact class. By recognising gestures it facilitates natural operation,' says Ola Källenius, responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development. 'This is not the only new feature by which the CLA offers a great deal of automotive intelligence'

Wait, isn’t this basically the A-Class saloon... again?

Yeah, about that... From the outside at least, the CLA features a very strong resemblance to the A-Class saloon. The styling is pretty much the same, both have four doors – but Mercedes believes there’s space in the market.


‘With the first CLA we celebrated a huge success by selling some 750,000 vehicles and created a totally new segment with a four-door coupé,’ said the brand’s Britta Seeger, responsible for Mercedes-Benz Cars Marketing & Sales. Well, if the numbers add up.

Engines?

A range of engines is offered in the CLA Coupe: the 180 and 200 models use the group's 1.3, while the CLA 220 steps up to a 2.0-litre petrol engine (the same capacity as the CLA 250).

No diesels are offered at launch, but a CLA 200d and 220d will be added to the range later in 2019, Mercedes-Benz has confirmed.

What about a CLA Shooting Brake?

That's coming too: it was freshly unveiled at the 2019 Geneva motor show and is due in shorooms in May 2019.

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By Curtis Moldrich

CAR's online editor and racing-sim enthusiast

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