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New Mercedes-AMG CLA45 S leaked on configurator site

Leaked image reveals new compact performance saloon.

Mercedes has inadvertently debuted its upcoming CLA45 S performance compact saloon – on its own configurator site.

Though the CLA35 has already been released, this is the first time we’ve seen the range-topping 45 version.

There are some clear differences between it and the lower-powered model, too. It gets a new style of alloy wheels, as well as aggressive-looking quad exhaust pipes.

It also features striking red brake calipers, and a new rear diffuser.

Though the key power outputs are yet to be announced, it’s likely that the CLA45 will produce more than 400bhp from its 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine. It’ll be driven to all four wheels though an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox – as oppose to the seven-speed unit found in 35-badged cars.

Given that the pictured model features an ‘S’ badge, it’s likely that a lower-output CLA45 will be released, in keeping with the rest of Mercedes-AMG’s range. This could be a car with around 350bhp.

Though the front end of the car can’t be seen in the image, it’s likely that the 45 will feature a Panamericana grille, mirroring the ones found on other range-topping AMG models.

The full reveal for the CLA45 S is likely to come in the next few months.

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