2017 Mercedes-AMG CLA45Enlarge Photo
Mercedes-Benz is working on the next generation of its compact range and according to a report out of the United Kingdom the high-performance versions from Mercedes-AMG could come with as much as 400 horsepower.
AMG’s current compact range, which consists of the A45 hatchback, CLA45 sedan and GLA45 SUV, offers 375 hp. Based on information from its sources, Autocar is reporting that the successor models will offer 400 hp or possibly even more.
AMG only upped the power of its compacts to 375 hp from a previous 355 hp in 2015. The increase this time is to challenge Audi’s upcoming RS 3 which will also have around 400 hp when arrives next year. Yes, the power war is still very much alive among the German automakers.
The AMGs will draw their power from an uprated version of the tuner's existing turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder. Enhancements are said to include new fuel injectors, a new turbocharger and changes to the combustion process.
2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class spy shotsEnlarge Photo
Beyond the potent powerplant, the cars will also benefit from changes planned for Mercedes’ next-generation compacts. The list includes a larger yet lighter structure, a 9-speed dual-clutch transmission, and more advanced electronic driving aids. All-wheel drive will remain standard.
One of the performance targets is said to be a 0-60 mph time in under 4.0 seconds. Top speed will likely remain capped at 155 mph.
The first of Mercedes’ next-generation compacts will be a new A-Class in 2018 (prototype shown above). The A45 from AMG should trail it by about a year, after which the new CLA and GLA models should arrive.
Interestingly, we hear there will also be tamer AMG models along the lines of the “43” series currently offered by the tuner. These are expected to feature turbocharged 2.0-liter engines with around 275 hp on tap.