AMG CLA to Receive Huge Horsepower Boost for 2019

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The 2019 AMG CLA is to get 400 horsepower.

Mercedes’ newest sedan gets a longer wheelbase, shooting brake trim and 400 glorious horses.

Autocar reports that Mercedes-Benz has fully confirmed that there is a next generation CLA coming down the pipe, including a shooting brake version, as well as the all-new GLB luxury compact crossover.

They also confirmed, through an infographic at a sales presentation, that there is also six more passenger car models to be revealed through next year. Also, the GLC and GLC Coupe will get a facelift along with the GLS. With what looks like a camouflaged AMG version of the GLB out in the wild as well, everything points to a busy year for both Mercedes and AMG.

Also according to Autocar, via Mercedes-AMG officials, the AMG tuned M260 engine for the top of the range CLA45 4Matic will run at 404 horsepower through an eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox and a new all-wheel-drive system. If that’s not AMG enough for a four-door saloon car, there’s also to be an electronically controlled drift mode.

Unfortunately, there’s not a lot of hard data on the new CLA in general, but there’s a few things we can glean. We agree with the speculation that it looks like the next generation will be on a longer wheel wheelbase and on the same MFA2 platform as both the A-Class and the new B-Class MPV. We can be sure that the CLA will continue to feature four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines though.

All the evidence and speculation points to the new CLA making its first appearance at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January 2019. If that’s the case, rather than reveal the new CLA at an actual car show, then it suggests the MBUX infotainment system is going to pack quite a punch alongside some other new technology.

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Ian Wright has been a professional writer for two years and is a regular contributor to Corvette Forum, Jaguar Forum, and 6SpeedOnline, among other auto sites.

His obsession with cars started young and has left him stranded miles off-road in Land Rovers, being lost far from home in hot hatches, going sideways in rallycross cars, being propelled forward in supercars and, more sensibly, standing in fields staring at classic cars. His first job was as a mechanic and then trained as a driving instructor before going into media production.

The automotive itch never left though, and he realized writing about cars is his true calling. However, that doesn’t stop him from also hosting the Both Hand Drive podcast.

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