New Merc coupe re­vealed

Four-door coupe gets 302bhp – and there's more to come

Evo India - - BRIEFING | NEW METAL -

THIS IS THE CLA35, A NEW COM­PACT Mercedes-AMG four-door that is not to be mis­taken for the A35 Saloon, which it­self is based on the A35 hatch­back. Con­fused? Mercedes classes the CLA as a coupe, not a saloon, but what you really need to know is that the CLA is longer, lower and, cru­cially, wider than the A35, which might just make this the best-han­dling A-class vari­ant yet.

Un­der the bon­net is the same 302bhp tur­bocharged four-cylin­der M260 en­gine as found in those other ‘35' mod­els, its out­puts di­rected to all four wheels via a seven-speed

dual-clutch trans­mis­sion. AMG has paid par­tic­u­lar at­ten­tion to in­creas­ing the car's rigid­ity, with two di­ag­o­nal braces joined by a sheer panel un­der the en­gine bay.

How­ever, the CLA35 is only half the story, as like other A-class de­riv­a­tives, the CLA range will even­tu­ally be topped by a CLA45 model with over 400bhp from a be­spoke, AMG-built four-cylin­der, a rear-bi­ased all-wheel drive sys­tem and more ag­gres­sive styling. In fact, the up­com­ing CLA45 has al­ready been spot­ted slith­er­ing around the Nür­bur­gring with more than a few de­grees of op­po­site lock ap­plied. En­cour­ag­ing signs.

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