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A45 AMG

The new all wheel drive compact from Mercedes-Benz with precision performance

by Josh Rubin in Design on 14 June 2012

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Announced today and spotted outside Stuttgart, the Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG marks several new achievements for the performance brand. Following up on the recently launched A-Class, the elegant new compact features all wheel drive, an efficient 2.0-litre engine and marks the first time the precision performance of AMG has been offered in a compact car in its 45-year history. This firm step for Mercedes-Benz introduces the brand to a new demographic of urban dwellers targeted by the accessibly priced A-Class.

While the 2.0-litre four cylinder engine may not win every impromptu drag-race, the AMG Speedshift DCT 7-speed transmission ensures the A45 AMG still behaves with the expected performance synonymous with those three iconic letters. To further enhance peak handling the compact car's weight has been kept to a minimum and its wheel base reduced to the shortest in the overall compact A-class lineup. "Weight combined with wheel base, with the attraction of the all wheel drive system…in the end it will be the most agile AMG car," says Mercedes-Benz Senior Manager of Product Management and Product Strategy Thomas Rappel. "In terms of handling and autocross, I think this car could set the benchmark in the whole portfolio."

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Expected to make its worldwide debut in Spring 2013, the agile A45 AMG will shine as the top-of-the-range A-Class model and is expected to be followed closely by additional AMG compact cars currently in development. As part of the new A-Class the A45 AMG will list at an accessible price point while still performing on par with the higher priced AMG branded cars.

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