Flagship performance hero of new four-door 'coupe' line-up rumoured to get name change.
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The next-generation Mercedes-AMG CLA45 has been spied again at the Nurburgring, ahead of an anticipated reveal some time next year.

We can't see any new details over the vehicle spied earlier this month, but we can see the AMG CLA45 – and the standard Mercedes-Benz CLA, for that matter – will adopt a 'mini me' look in relation to the larger CLS.

It's believed the next AMG version of the CLA could get a name change, with 'CLA50' rumoured. Such a change would be likely echoed for the next AMG A-Class as well.

Distinguishing features between the AMG CLA and its lesser brethren include the 'Panamericana' front grille, enlarged front intakes, pumped guards, chunkier bumpers, and the eye-catching quad-tipped exhaust at the rear.

Power is expected to come from a revised version of the 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo found in the current car, with reports speculating a power output of over 400 horsepower (298+kW) is likely.

Should that be accurate, the AMG A-Class and CLA will overtake the Audi RS3 in the hyper hatch power stakes (currently king with 294kW), and likely see the little Merc's 0-100 time drop below the 4.0-second mark.

In terms of timing, we're still yet to see the final version of the new CLA, though that is expected to make its debut either late this year (potentially at the Paris motor show in October) or early next (around the same time as the Geneva motor show in March).

Given the A-Class was revealed well before the AMG versions – which as yet haven't been unveiled – the AMG CLA should follow around 6-12 months after the standard car. Expect it to hit the market either in late 2019 or early 2020.

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