Mercedes has inadvertently debuted its upcoming CLA45 S performance compact saloon – on its own configurator site.
Though the CLA35 has already been released, this is the first time we’ve seen the range topping 45 version.
There are some clear differences between it and the lower-powered model, too. It gets a new style of alloy wheels, as well as aggressive-looking quad exhaust pipes.
It also features striking red brake calipers, and a new rear diffuser.
Though the key power outputs are yet to be announced, it’s likely that the CLA45 will produce more than 400bhp from its 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine. It’ll be driven to all four wheels though an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox – as oppose to the seven-speed unit found in 35-badged cars.
Given that the pictured model features an ‘S’ badge, it’s likely that a lower-output CLA45 will be released, in keeping with the rest of Mercedes-AMG’s range. This could be a car with around 350bhp.
Though the front end of the car can’t be seen in the image, it’s likely that the 45 will feature a Panamericana grille, mirroring the ones found on other range-topping AMG models.
The full reveal for the CLA45 S is likely to come in the next few months.