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Mercedes CLA 45 AMG and GLA 45 AMG upgraded to 381 bhp

Snapshot: Mercedes has given the CLA & GLA 45 AMG a series of mechanical revisions.

This shouldn’t come as a surprise as shortly after they unveiled the facelifted A-Class, the top brass at Mercedes-Benz announced the same mechanical tweaks will carry over on the CLA 45 AMG, CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake and the GLA 45 AMG models. By far the most notable updates have been applied in the engine bay where the turbo-four 2.0-liter has been massaged to deliver 381 bhp and 475 Nm, up from the previous 360 bhp and 450 Nm.

The engineers also spent some time with the dual-clutch seven-speed automatic transmission and reduced the shift times while the ratios of the 3rd to 7th gears have been shortened. Moreover, the updated A-Class-based AMG models now have a standard rotary switch which enables the driver to select from a variety of transmission modes, such as: Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual. There’s also a “Race” mode but you can only have it with the AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension.

The revised models can be optionally configured with a mechanical front axle locking differential as well as two-stage adjustable damping, but obviously these added goodies cost extra.

The A45 AMG, CLA 45 AMG, CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake and GLA 45 AMG are already available in Europe and will go on sale in September. Mercedes-Benz India will probably start offering the revised CLA & GLA 45 AMG in the near future.

Thanks to the aforementioned mechanical improvements, all of the A-Class-based AMG models are now quicker in the 0-100 kmph sprint and should also be quicker when tackling corners thanks to the upgraded suspension and the other revisions.

It should be mentioned that only the A45 AMG has received a series of minor cosmetic tweaks while the other three models will get their nip and tuck once the mid-cycle refresh is going to be launched, possibly sometime in 2016.

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