Mercedes Concept GLA45 AMG is ready to run

This is the Mercedes-Benz Concept GLA45 AMG.

Mercedes has just unveiled the liveried ‘concept’ at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, giving potential customers a very good look at the newest lunatic in the AMG asylum – a 355-horsepower, 332-pound-foot crossover that uses the same 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine found in the CLA45 AMG and Europe’s A45 AMG.  Joined with a seven-speed, AMG Speedshift dual-clutch transmission and an AMG Performance 4Matic all-wheel-drive system, Mercedes promises a sub-five-second run to 60 miles per hour. That’s not just quick for a crossover, that’s quick full stop.  That sleek, lifted body has also been tweaked by the minds at AMG’s Affalterbach facility. A new rear spoiler, side sills and front clip are the primary aerodynamic tweaks. Aesthetically, AMG has fitted the requisite “Turbo” badges, gloss-black accents (including exhaust tips and roof rails) and a set of 21-inch, AMG-spec alloy wheels to round out the overall package. Based on the spy shots we’ve seen, expect slightly toned down aerodynamics when the GLA45 AMG arrives in showrooms.  It’s unclear just when that will be, though, rest assured, it is coming – Mercedes-AMG boss Tobias Moers has said as much. “With the Concept GLA45 AMG, we are setting a stake firmly in the ground of the strongly growing market segment of compact SUVs. Our customers – a young target group who set great store by styling, dynamism and independence – can now start looking forward to a dynamic high-performance car.” Stay tuned for more on the Concept GLA45 AMG from the LA Auto Show. Scroll down for the official press release.

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