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2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG

2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG

2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG

The Mercedes-Benz GLA, a small, five-door hatchback based on the same platform as the CLA, has been given the AMG treatment—as it rightfully should. Hot hatches have been infiltrating the market, and Mercedes isn’t far behind with one of its latest performance offerings. For more information on the GLA45 AMG and other Mercedes models, visit your Mercedes-Benz of Tucson dealership.

Adopting the CLA45’s turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the GLA45 produces 355 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque. This is all delivered through Benz’s 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system that is standard on all AMG models sold in the US. Mercedes says the GLA45 will rocket from 0-to-60 in 4.8 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph. Power is transmitted through a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic with manual shifting mode and paddle shifters.

Even with the all-wheel-drive system, 4MATIC is able to send 50 percent of the torque to the rear wheels. In normal driving, power is supplied to the front wheels.

The suspension is upgraded for the GLA45, with specially-tuned springs and dampers, as well as a larger stabilizer bar. AMG is offering a performance suspension that firms up the springs and dampers even more.

An optional Exterior Carbon-Fiber package gives the GLA45 a racier look, replacing the exterior mirror caps, rear spoiler, splitter, doorsills, and rear-fascia trim in carbon fiber goodness.

The GLA45AMG is based off the CLA platform, so expect similar performance numbers once this hits dealership lots. Pricing for the GLA45 AMG hasn’t been announced, but estimates peg that it should land around $52,000 to start.

The GLA45 AMG is just the latest example of Mercedes’ commit to high-powered performance vehicles. With an expanding lineup in the US market, AMG is dutifully behind making amazingly fast and fun cars for the masses. Be sure to check out the new Mercedes-Benz inventory at your local Mercedes dealership today.

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