The next generation of Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 has been spotted covered in camouflage but ready to rumble.
There have already been a few sightings of Mercedes’ luxury sports sedan running around on the road, so it comes as little surprise that we now get a glimpse at the performance version of the CLA 45. AMG has done some amazing stuff with the CLA’s 2.0-L turbocharged inline four-banger, and we might even be in store for yet more engineering miracles on next year’s model.
But first, the cosmetic stuff. As expected, the new CLA 45 still retains the overall shape as last year’s, but now comes with a brand new front and rear fascia. The side vents beneath each headlight are enlarged while the middle grille section has an extra gap that wasn’t there before. The center grille itself could be redesigned with a new mesh pattern, or it might just be the camouflage is exceptionally potent in the nose. We’ll have to wait to find out.
Along the sides, the lines and skirts seem mostly unchanged. There are new headlights in the front that appear smaller and a little closer up, while the lights in the back are still too covered in camo to tell. It looks like we might have a set of new side mirrors, while the rear bumper has been redesigned to accommodate a pair of new vents right behind the rear wheels.
As befitting the AMG version, there is a little diffuser present beneath the rear bumper, while the spoiler seems to have gotten just a touch larger from last year’s model.
And now for the exciting stuff! The current generation CLA 45 makes 375 hp from its twin-turbo I4, with the next model rumored to be pushing the 400 hp mark. We’re not sure what’s left on that 2.0-L engine to improve, but if anyone can do it, it’s Mercedes-AMG.
As for when we might see this car without the camouflage, it’s possible we’ll get an unveiling later this year, but it might be early next year before we get an official announcement.