By on January 8, 2014

Mercedes-Benz GLA 45 AMG (X 156) 2013

Aimed at the same younger audience the CLA was designed to attract, Mercedes-AMG will debut their GLA45 at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show.

Under the hood of the compact SUV is Affenbach’s twin-scroll turbocharged 2-liter four-pot driving 355 horsepower and 332 lb-ft torque through a dual-clutch seven-speed transmission to all four wheels. The power plant is capable of pushing the GLA45 from nil to 60 in 4.8 seconds, topping out at an electronically limited 155 mph.

Regarding the transmission, drivers can select from four modes of power management, ranging from full control in Manual and Sport modes (similar to the SLS AMG GT), to Momentary M Mode (found in the SLS AMG Coupé Black Series) and Controlled Efficiency, the latter for those times when fuel efficiency and comfort are a greater need than all-out speed. Stop-start function is also available in Controlled Efficiency mode.

Though biased toward the front pair of wheels, the GLA45’s performance-oriented 4MATIC system can send more power to the back when driving in anger, especially upon launch through the fully integrated power take-off unit. Meanwhile, the SUV’s electronic stability program now includes a Curve Dynamic Assist so as to prevent understeer while diving into a switchback.

The GLA45 will arrive in showrooms later this year.

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26 Comments on “2015 Mercedes-AMG GLA45 to Bow at 2014 Detroit Auto Show...”

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    “2-liter four-pot driving 355 horsepower and 332 lb-ft torque ”

    Mark my words, in a couple of years we’ll have 500bhp 1.0L 2-cyl Accords and Camries.

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    Looks a little too much like a blinged-out 5-door Versa from the pics, but like the CLA, it might look much better in person. I like the concept and stats, though, as well as the fact that it doesn’t look too tall.

    However, the “Garmin hot-glued to the dashboard” LCD looks horrible here and even worse in person on the CLA. Totally unforgivable in an AMG model.

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    AMG ist based in Affalterbach, not in Affenbach!

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    Wait a minute – when did I miss this – the GLA is getting a hatch variant?!?

    Can I get it in brown with a manual? ;-)

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    I don’t know how Subaru and Mitsubishi can survive the onslaught with a pair of German AWD compacts priced within $10,000 of their STI and Evolution models.

    I would suspect that the same crowd who like the boyracer looks of the Japanese rally cars would also like the more understated look of the AMG’s. I certainly did when I went through that life stage in my late 20’s.

    • 0 avatar

      They might capture a few but the AWD system, if its lifted from the CLA 45, is inferior in every way and in my own, honest opinion, doesn’t do AMG and everything those three letters stand for justice.

      Many people who but STIs and EVOs care about the mechanical bits. That’s not to say that MB customers don’t but I believe the latter has more buyers who desire the badge more than anything. I might be mistaken, but then again I might not.

      • 0 avatar

        What’s wrong with the CLA 45’s AWD system? It’s transverse mounted Haldex tuned for a performance application. Especially comparing it to the EVO which has a very similar system. I’m sure you’ve driven both aggressively so you can make that comparison right?

        • 0 avatar

          “I’m sure you’ve driven both aggressively so you can make that comparison right?”

          I have not and I can. Wanna know why? Cause I’m me. HA!

          Seriously the AMG system defaults to FWD when slip isn’t detected. Nothing wrong with that as that happens in many cars but a car from AMG is a different beast and I’d expect a full-time performance AWD system with a 50/50 front-rear power split (or thereabouts) in one of their vehicles.

          Also, if I recall correctly, the CLA uses a multi-disc clutch in lieu of a center differential.

          Again, no problem but I’d expect more form AMG. After all, look at the systems used on the WRX/STI and the EVO. Those cars are significantly less expensive but give you robust mechanical goodness baked in.

        • 0 avatar

          An interesting role reversal, the Japanese are the ones with heritage and pedigree, and the Mercedes is the upstart that has to prove itself.

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    Something about a Mercedes hatchback feels very cheap and plebeian to me.

    • 0 avatar

      Mercedes themselves agreed about 15 years ago with the C coupe, then promptly forgot their own mistakes and shareholders wouldn’t let them miss the boat again in the US.

      If I have to say something nice, it’s that if Mercedes is so willing to dilute their image here, maybe it will pave the way for a full line of cars that DON’T carry their silly North American pretense. That company can build great cars, and good-looking ones, too (I have a real soft spot for the GLK and E-class wagons). I’d love to see what they could do if they really focused on longevity and quality over sparkle for a change. Build vans, taxis, luxo-barges, real minivans, Unimogs, the whole nine yards.

    • 0 avatar

      Living in San Diego for many years, I’d frequently see B-class hatchbacks with Mexican plates. Very sharp looking little car with plenty of utility, and I’d have been curious to test drive it against the outgoing A3.

      ‘Murican born and raised, but I just can’t figure why this country hates hatches so much.

      • 0 avatar

        Because so many of the first hatches were the cheapest models, built at a time (’70s-’80s) when cost-cutting was supreme. Because most makers cheaped out and didn’t provide any cargo cover for the back– it was a time of high crime, and owners had their stuff nicked because it was in sight. Because most Americans keep a van or truck to haul the big items. Finally, the hatchback (SHHH!) was scaled up and successfully remarketed under the badge of “SUV.”

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    Looks like one of the faster ways to find your very own ditch. Getting in one of these high powered high center of gravity machines and goosing it has always reminded me of hopping on a horse and spurring it. Out of control with a great view of impending disaster from a high perch point.

    I’ve driven a CLA. A good long think about that experience has led me to believe that a Honda Accord V6 costs less, has real leather, is much quieter, manages to integrate the touch screen into the dash rather than having a toy iPad sprout out of the dash on a pedestal and doesn’t have vast gaps berween the door cards and the painted metal body peeking through. In its defense, the CLA has a proper powered front passenger seat with equal features to the driver’s. The Japanese and US cars are a major fail in this regard.

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    I haven’t been curious enough to try to dig up the info yet, but I wonder what the replacement costs are for major parts of this new high output 2.0 (e.g. if the turbo goes). IIRC, even on something like the BMW N54, owners needing new turbos were facing something like a $7K bill, which is what a damn (more powerful) Coyote crate engine costs. Apples to oranges I know, and CAFE requirements are going to keep steering things this way, but it will be really interesting to see how this motor holds up.

    • 0 avatar

      As JP Morgan said about the costs of a yacht, if you have to ask…

      • 0 avatar

        There’s definitely some truth to that. But some of these new mini luxo firecrackers aren’t all that (comparatively) expensive. Something like a 2015 Audi S3 is within reach of anyone looking at an STI or an Evo. I’m curious if the internals are as durable, and if they’ll be embraced by the tuning community and we’ll see stage 2/3 kits offered.

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      If this is a true ‘AMG’ engine (developed and built by AMG) – then I would say yes, it does have all the internal goodies to keep it together (former high mileage C43 owner here).

      Too much ‘styling’ for me though..I need a time machine to go back to 1991.

  • avatar

    “the GLA45′s performance-oriented 4MATIC system can send more power to the back when driving in anger,”

    Such as when your supposed BFF tells you that Carly Rae Jepsen only had that one good song and she’s nothing but a one-hit wonder and that Taylor Swift is totally NOT a sellout to Nashville pop glitz and is, like, really talented deep down.

    Fixed for target market.

    /i just had you
    //and this is crazy
    ///you’re turning sixteen
    ////here’s a new AMG

  • avatar

    I actually like this thing. I haven’t liked an MB car in a long time. Still, it’s got too much grill.

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    It shouldn’t be called the 45 unless it has a 4.5L V8. Which it clearly cannot. I might also note this is NOT a good looking car.

    AMG used to mean something special had been done to the car, it wasn’t essentially a trim package! A M G, Any Machine Granted.

    But whatever, women in their 20s will lease them and then return em, and some dudes who think an STI is too normal will grab them up of the used lot.

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