2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show

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Competes with: BMW X1, Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, Audi Q5
Looks like: A toned-down version of the GLA45 AMG concept we saw at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, which looked like an amped-up version of the GLA250 crossover
Drivetrain: Turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder good for 355 horsepower and 332 pounds-feet of torque and mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission
Hits dealerships: Fall 2014

When we first saw the Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG concept at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show in November, Cars.com reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder referred to it as a "not-very-concepty concept." Less than two months later, Wiesenfelder's description proves prescient as the production version of the high-performance sibling of the GLA250 compact crossover readies for its world debut next week at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The automaker expects the all-wheel-drive GLA45 AMG to hit dealerships by fall; no pricing info is yet available.

By Matt Schmitz | January 7, 2014 | Comments (6)

2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA250: Up Close

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The latest addition to a growing class of shrinking vehicles, the Mercedes-Benz GLA250 compact (or is it subcompact?) crossover looks like a cross between a wagon and a crossover, and not necessarily in a good way.

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In person, the profile looks a bit awkward — sort of like a crossover with an exceptionally short greenhouse, and a rear end that tapers as sharply as a common hatchback car rather than a wagon or an SUV. By comparison — to my eye, at least — the competing BMW X1 looks more like a downsized, slightly more wagonized X3.

By Joe Wiesenfelder | November 24, 2013 | Comments (1)

Mercedes-Benz Concept GLA45 AMG Photo Gallery (23 Photos)

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Sure, it basically looks like the production-ready 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 with some rally decals and a number on the side, and is otherwise so readily conceivable it makes you want to put air quotes over the word "concept." But don't be dismissive of the Mercedes-Benz Concept GLA45 AMG, as those last three letters in the name won't have you adding any ironic punctuation. The AMG powertrain of the race-inspired compact crossover — now revving up for the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show — musters a 355 horsepower and a sub-5-second zero-to-60 mph sprint from its 2.0-liter four-cylinder mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission.

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But in the interest of differentiating itself sufficiently from the GLA250, also appearing at the L.A. show, the GLA45 AMG proudly wears its track-readiness on its sleeve, with cues such as 21-inch forged AMG wheels painted matte black with red rim flange and gloss-black-finished twin tailpipes. There's also aerodynamic elements like a front splitter, rear spoiler and rear diffuser. Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Matt Schmitz | November 21, 2013 | Comments (0)

Mercedes-Benz Concept GLA45 AMG at the 2013 L.A. Auto Show

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Looks like: A rally-ready version of the just-introduced GLA250 crossover
Defining characteristics: AMG engine, wheels, decals and more
Ridiculous features: Nothing that can't be optioned out
Chance of being mass-produced: Likely

The Concept GLA45 AMG is a not-very-concepty concept, which is to say it looks ready to turn into a real product — minus the decals and more aggressive body treatments, perhaps.

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The GLA-Class is based on the CLA-Class car, and the Concept GLA45 AMG understandably uses the same staggering 355-horsepower engine as the CLA45 AMG coupe. It's staggering only because it's a 2.0-liter four-cylinder, turbocharged to provide more output than any other production engine of its size.

By Joe Wiesenfelder | November 20, 2013 | Comments (0)

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