With seven new AMG models launched this year — including these two: the Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 and CLA 45 — the company is proving the stereotypical definition of the economy-orientated Indian market wrong. And naysayers can remain shut for the rest of the year, as the company intends to launch a total of 12 products as a part of the global 50-year celebration of the AMG sub-brand.
Launched in Chennai, the 45-branded duo are based on the company’s MFA platform. But unlike what naysayers might try to tell you, these are exactly what AMG products ought to be: fun-to-drive. Neither need any introduction, but just to recapitulate, the CLA 45 is the saloon version, while the GLA 45 is the crossover/A-Class on stilts. Both get AWD as part of the standard equipment, and will can produce exhaust crackles on demand.
There are multiple changes for the MY 2018 versions, including new front apron, AMG grille, new-design 18-inch alloys finished in titanium grey, refreshed instrument panel, etc. Both vehicles also get a new Aero kit, which comprises yellow-coloured body decals and accents, and grey AMG stripes which complement the Night Package schemes. In addition, the GLA 45 can also be specified with a new designo Magno paint scheme now.
Powering the two vehicles is what’s said to be the most powerful four-cylinder production engine in the world. The 2-litre turbocharged-petrol engine makes 375.4 bhp@6000 rpm and 48.46 kgm@2250-5000 rpm. Both the CLA 45 and GLA 45 are limited to 250 kph, but the former manages to do 0-100 kph in 4.2 seconds while the latter does it in 4.4 seconds. Blame that on the difference in weight, and the fact that the CLA is even more aerodynamic than before, with a new Cd of 0.3.
Prices start at Rs 75.20 lakh onwards for the Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 and Rs 77.85 lakh for the GLA 45. The aero editions are available at Rs 77.69 lakh and 80.67 lakh respectively. The prices are ex-showroom, India.