This is what AMG is for, after all.
Earlier this month, we learned Mercedes-Benz will debut its all-new, second-generation CLA-Class this January. At Detroit, right? Nope. Several months ago, Mercedes announced it won't be making an appearance at the Motor City this January, leaving the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas as the only other major event happening that month.
An updated report courtesy of Autocar not only confirms the CES reveal speculation but also offers some details regarding engine options and output. The top-of-the-line AMG CLA 45 variant is slated to produce over 400 hp while the AMG CLA 35 will offer around 300 hp. Both will be linked to an eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox that'll send power to a new all-wheel drive system featuring an electronically-controlled 'drift mode.'
Expect to see the new CLA four-door coupe premiere in Vegas while the shooting brake will arrive in Geneva in March. However, as is currently the case with the outgoing generation, the new CLA shooting brake will not be sold in the US, which is really a shame. But why does Mercedes want to reveal a new production car like this one at CES? Why not, say, LA, which is happening this week. Because the new CLA will feature a significant amount of new technologies, specifically the MBUX infotainment system.
If you recall, this system debuted at CES last January, so it makes complete sense to reveal it in production form exactly one year later in an actual production car.
Mercedes needs for the new CLA to be a huge success, like its predecessor. The German automaker essentially created a new niche or itself back in 2013 and its closest rivals took notice. The Audi A3 and also upcoming BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe are proof. Expect the 2020 CLA to be slightly larger than before but still smaller than the C-Class. Above all, Mercedes has improved what many considered a somewhat awkward appearance. The new car's general shape will be more elegant, featuring a more steeply raked windshield and longer overhangs. We expect more details to come in over the next several weeks.