But will it come to North America?
As we found in our first drive, the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class is no joke. It may be the least-expensive car in the lineup, but unlike the CLA, it actually feels like a real Mercedes. We also learned that in addition to the sporty A 35, AMG was also working on an even more powerful A 45. But just how powerful would it actually be? Would it really make more than 400 hp?
That will depend on which version of the A 45 you buy. Even though Mercedes has yet to release specs on the A 45, HUK24, an online insurance company in Germany, already lists power output for both the A 45 and the A 45 S. First reported by Motor1, the insurance company’s listing for the A 45 suggests it will make 382 hp, while the A 45 S will crank out an impressive 416 hp. If HUK24’s website is to be believed, that power will come from a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, giving the A 45 S a specific output of 208 hp per liter. The turbo 2.0-liter in the current Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 and GLA 45 makes 375 hp.
When the A 45 S is officially revealed, most likely at the Geneva motor show in March, expect it to be shown in hatchback form. But don’t assume the fact that the the North American market won’t get the five-door A-Class means AMG-tuned A-Classes are only meant for Europe. Based on a short conversation we had with Tobias Moers, the head of AMG, it sounds like Mercedes plans to sell at least one hot A-Class sedan here. It just has to decide whether to pick one or offer both. But either way, we’d be willing to bet there’s an A 45 sedan in our future.
Let’s just hope it ends up being a little more well-rounded than the CLA45 AMG was.