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Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG leaked

Official images of the Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG have leaked online just days out from its unveiling at next week's 2013 New York auto show.
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The shots reveal the complete interior and exterior styling of the premium German manufacturer's all-new compact sports sedan, which is set to form a menacing double-act with its mechanically similar A45 AMG hot-hatch sibling during 2014.

Like the A45, the Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG will be powered by a 265kW/450Nm turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, and with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission sending drive to all four wheels, the new model promises to sprint from 0-100km/h in less than five seconds.

Both models will be styled almost identically inside and out, with the CLA45 AMG uniquely sporting longitudinal bonnet ribs, as well as a distinctive ‘four-door coupe’-style sedan body.

Like the Mercedes A45 AMG, which lands in Australian showrooms in September, the CLA45 AMG is expected to come equipped as standard with 19-inch black alloy wheels, panoramic glass sunroof, blind-spot and lane-departure warning systems, heated electric leather-trimmed seats, COMAND online interface and a Harmon/Kardon audio system.

The Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG is expected to wear a circa-$80,000 price tag when it arrives on our shores early in 2014, commanding roughly a $5000 premium over the A45 AMG hatch.

Expect more details of the CLA45 AMG to be revealed in the lead up to its New York debut on March 27.