Angry AMG brawler
Let's start with a couple of facts. Mercedes won the world's most powerful series production four cylinder engine contest in 2014 and endowed the baby AMG range with it, one of them being the CLA45 AMG. And SHIFT got a hold of the only unit in Bangladesh (at the moment, that too, quoted at 1 crore 25 lacs taka) to deplete some fuel off the planet. It is after all, an AMG.
Unmistakable AMG cues all over it- just a glance at it and you will find the distinct coupe like resemblance to the big brother CLS63 AMG. With a blend of sleek swoopy body lines and flared arches and gills here and there, Mercedes has butched up the small sized CLA to give it the dynamic AMG character. The matt titanium grey twin blade grille and generously proportioned black flicked cooling intakes below the robust bi-xenon lamps bark like an angry Doberman.
The slanted rear with striking LED lamps, side vents to let out hot braking air, chrome plated twin tailpipes of the AMG sport exhaust system and a large matt titanium grey rear diffuser emphasizes the AMG DNA. The wheels are massive 18 inch multi-spoke alloys, painted dark grey with a high sheen effect, that houses 235 40 R18 tyres. The distinctive AMG inscribed red calipers are well hidden behind the dark wheels, but become pretty obvious when the car is on the go.
The interior is equipped around a brushed aluminum instrument console that quarters five galvanized cooler vents. Stereo, air cooler and basic necessities such as traction control are in the center of the dash, below which, is the beautifully crafted mini gear lever that lets you choose between R N D only. My personal favourite of all buttons- the one by the lever that lets you choose Sport and Manual mode. The hugging sport seats are man-made black leather microfiber with red contrast stitching, which are electronically adjusted from the controls located at the black leather trimmed door panel.
The multi function steering wheel has stubby little paddle shifters, which work with a click than a flick. Information is provided via AMG instrument cluster, simple and driver focused, with a mono color scheme. The CLA45 AMG's top is all glass; well, 3/4th of the arched roof is a tinted sun roof, which means the rear passengers get a fair share of the night watch too.