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2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA 45

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA 45

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2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA 45 Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

By Fred Meier

Mercedes-Benz has announced a second AMG performance version of the redesigned 2020 CLA-Class — and the CLA45 marks the debut of what Mercedes touts as the world’s most powerful production-model four-cylinder engine, its M139 turbocharged 2.0-liter four-banger that will put out 382 horsepower.

Related: 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class: Still Small but Bigger on Tech, Safety

There is an even higher-output version that passes 200 hp per liter at 416 hp, but Mercedes is not promising that European CLA45 S for U.S. buyers. The swoopy CLA sedan, what Europeans like to call a “four-door coupe,” has been fully redesigned for 2020 and follows the introduction of the 2019 A-Class, a properly upright sedan that slides in under the CLA as the new entry-level Benz.

The CLA45 also will put out 354 pounds-feet of torque and will be mated to an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic. It gets a standard AMG all-wheel-drive system that can send full power to the rear axle and shift it side-to-side via an electronic rear differential with separate clutches for each wheel. Mercedes estimates zero-to-62 mph in 4.0 seconds. Among the CLA45 AWD system’s tricks will be a Drift mode.

If you want to get down into the weeds about how AMG engineers pump that much power from the small engine, as well as handle the stresses, you can read more details here.

The CLA45 compares to the already-announced AMG CLA35 with a 302-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder making 295 pounds-feet of torque and mated to a seven-...

Mercedes-Benz has announced a second AMG performance version of the redesigned 2020 CLA-Class — and the CLA45 marks the debut of what Mercedes touts as the world’s most powerful production-model four-cylinder engine, its M139 turbocharged 2.0-liter four-banger that will put out 382 horsepower.

Related: 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class: Still Small but Bigger on Tech, Safety

There is an even higher-output version that passes 200 hp per liter at 416 hp, but Mercedes is not promising that European CLA45 S for U.S. buyers. The swoopy CLA sedan, what Europeans like to call a “four-door coupe,” has been fully redesigned for 2020 and follows the introduction of the 2019 A-Class, a properly upright sedan that slides in under the CLA as the new entry-level Benz.

The CLA45 also will put out 354 pounds-feet of torque and will be mated to an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic. It gets a standard AMG all-wheel-drive system that can send full power to the rear axle and shift it side-to-side via an electronic rear differential with separate clutches for each wheel. Mercedes estimates zero-to-62 mph in 4.0 seconds. Among the CLA45 AWD system’s tricks will be a Drift mode.

If you want to get down into the weeds about how AMG engineers pump that much power from the small engine, as well as handle the stresses, you can read more details here.

The CLA45 compares to the already-announced AMG CLA35 with a 302-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder making 295 pounds-feet of torque and mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic with standard all-wheel drive. Zero-to-60 mph is estimated at 4.6 seconds. Otherwise, the CLA45 is similarly more aggressive in AMG exterior aero add-ons, and inside gets the 2020 tech and trim design updates.

The civilian CLA, meanwhile, has a standard 221-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder making 258 pounds-feet of torque, a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic and front- or all-wheel drive. Mercedes says all versions of the 2020 CLA will be on sale by the end of 2019; pricing has not been announced.

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    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / 50,000 miles

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Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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