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Mercedes-AMG’s CLA 45 sedan and Shooting Brake wagon, and the GLA 45 compact SUV, have picked up significant upgrades for the 2016 model year, joining their A 45 stablemate in dialling up the fun.

Just two weeks ago, the in-house tuning arm of Mercedes-Benz revealed a handy power boost for its A 45 hatch, retaking its crown from the new Audi RS 3.

That means an upgrade from the 2015 A 45’s already bonkers 265kW/450Nm to 280kW and 475Nm in the upgraded 2016 model, edging out the RS 3 and its more than acceptable 270kW/465Nm figures. (Read more about the upgraded A 45 here.)

CLA-Klasse, C117, CLA 45 AMG

This week, Mercedes-AMG has transferred that upgrade to its small CLA 45 and GLA 45 models, delivering the same handy increases in power and torque.

Joining those updates, as they do in the A 45, is an upgraded seven-speed dual-clutch auto that offers shorter ratios between gears three and seven, promising improvements in acceleration across all speed ranges.

AMG’s Dynamic Select system, seen in the hero GT coupe, is also now standard kit, offering selectable Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual transmission modes.

Mercedes-Benz GLA 45 AMG (X 156) 2013

Add the optional AMG Ride Control enhanced sports suspension and an additional Race mode becomes available, while the top-shelf Dynamic Plus package – which also includes Ride Control – works together with a front differential lock to “sharpen the driving dynamics even further”.

AMG claims a new 0-100km/h time of 4.2 seconds for the CLA 45 and 4.4 seconds for the GLA 45, marking a 0.4 second improvement for both models.

Update: 

Mercedes-Benz Australia has tentatively confirmed a December 2015 / January 2016 launch window for the updated A 45, CLA 45 and GLA 45 models.




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