Sharing the same 355-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, on-demand all-wheel-drive system, many other features with the CLA45, the Concept GLA45 AMG previews what a more crossover/hatchback-like AMG compact could be.
Building on the coming GLA-Class crossover, the Concept GLA45 AMG is intended to hit hard at the young, design-focused buyer’s market, while delivering world-class dynamics and performance.
Despite the taller ride height and greater apparent bulk than the CLA45 AMG, the Concept GLA45 AMG claims to keep its 0-60 mph acceleration time under 5.0 seconds (the CLA45 rates 4.5 seconds, officially), thanks in part to its seven-speed AMG Speedshift DCT dual-clutch transmission.
The Concept GLA45 AMG sits on 21-inch wheels wrapped in 255/35 high-performance tires. The wheels are matte black with a red rim flange, with AMG hub covers that give a center-locking look; AMG high-performance red brake calipers finish the wheel stance. Around the GLA45’s lower exterior, aerodynamic bodywork adds an aggressive look to the smooth crossover curves, while the doors bear a racing-style number on the doors to further enhance the performance theme.
Other unique AMG styling elements include the twin-glad radiator grille in silver chrome, side-sill panels with high-gloss black inserts, gloss black roof rails, a large rear spoiler, and the TURBO AMG badge on the front fenders. A rear diffuser with black trim is flanked by the AMG variable-vane sports exhaust outlets.
As for the silver and red exterior accents, it’s a wrap—-called a “foil wrap” by Mercedes, but likely standard vinyl—intended to accent the red highlights on the grille, exterior mirrors, spoiler, diffuser, and wheels.