In August last year, Mercedes-Benz officially introduced the production version of the new GLA-Class compact premium SUV, which is now fighting the BMW X1 and the Audi Q3 for global market shares in its segment. Next week, at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the German carmaker is presenting a version of this small crossover on AMG steroids.
Meet the Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG. This thing is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo AMG engine that produces 360hp of muscle and 450Nm of torque. The regular GLA only manages as much as 170hp and 350Nm, and that's with the top-of-the-line 2.2-liter diesel powerplant. The GLA45 AMG is also equipped with AMG's seven-speed SpeedShift dual-clutch transmission and 4Matic all-wheel-drive system.
According to Mercedes-Benz, the features of the car's twin-scroll turbocharged engine include gravity-die sand-cast all-aluminum crankcase; weight-optimized crank mechanism with forged steel crankshaft; forged pistons with friction-optimized piston rings; Nanoslide cylinder liner technology; air-to-water intercooling system; alternator management; and eco start/stop function.
Externally, the GLA45 AMG can be identified via the AMG front apron with front splitter; the AMG "twin blade" radiator grille; the distinctive AMG lettering at the side between the louvers of the grille; the black flics (or air deflector elements) above the cooling air intakes at the sides; the AMG light-alloy wheels in three design variants; the side sill panels with matte titanium gray inserts; the "Turbo AMG" lettering on the front wings; the aluminum roof rails; the rear diffuser insert with matte titanium gray trim; and the rectangular, chrome-plated tailpipe trim.
Inside, the GLA45 AMG boasts sports seats in Artico man-made leather and Dinamica microfiber with red topstitching; red designo safety belts; three-spoke nappa leather multifunction sports steering wheel with red topstitching; AMG instrument cluster with two-tube design and central color display; AMG main menu with Racetimer feature; brushed aluminum instrument panel; and brushed stainless-steel AMG front door sills.
Let's hope CATS Motors brings it in as soon as possible.