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Concept GLA 45 AMG previews new Mercedes-AMG SUV

GLA 45 AMG will be high-performance variant of new Mercedes-Benz GLA compact SUV

Published: November 25, 2013, 12:45 AM
Updated: April 29, 2018, 3:00 PM

Mercedes-Benz Concept GLA 45 AMG

Mercedes-AMG debuted a high-performance concept version of Mercedes-Benz's forthcoming GLA compact SUV at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week. The production version of the GLA made its world debut earlier this fall at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

The Concept GLA 45 AMG, like its CLA 45 AMG counterpart, is powered by the world's most powerful four-cylinder production engine. The turbocharged AMG 2.0-litre four has a rated output of 355 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque.

Combined with an AMG Speedshift DCT seven-speed sports transmission and AMG Performance 4Matic all-wheel-drive system the engine is said to accelerate the Concept GLA45 AMG from 0-97 km/h in less than five seconds.

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"With the Concept GLA45 AMG, we are setting a stake firmly in the ground of the strongly growing market segment of compact SUVs," said Tobias Moers, chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG.

Moers describes the brand's target market as young customers who set great store by styling, dynamism and independence.

Contributing to the Concept's muscular appearance are cross-spoke AMG forged wheels painted matte black with a red rim flange and 255/35 R 21 tires, as well as an AMG high-performance braking system with red brake calipers.

A high-gloss black front apron with an oversize splitter, black air deflectors and big cooling air intakes combine with a chrome "twin-blade" radiator grille, side sill panels with high-gloss black inserts, a "Turbo AMG" badge on the front fenders, high-gloss black roof rails, a big rear spoiler and two rectangular, high-gloss black tailpipe extensions to give the Concept GLA45 AMG a distinctive appearance.

And it's backed up by an AMG sports exhaust system with an electronically-controlled variable-vane system to modulate the signature AMG exhaust note.