The Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 is a sportier take on the compact Merc sedan

April 10, 2019

With the Mercedes-Benz C-Class growing up a bit, the baby Benz in the lineup is now the CLA. Yet this doesn’t mean it can’t have a bit of performance thrown in, right? The folks at Mercedes-AMG think so too as they proudly unveil the Mercedes-AMG CLA 35.

Taking its cue from the new CLA 250 that debuted earlier this year, the sporty model gains a pair of chrome bars on the grille, a few more chrome pieces on the front fascia, as well as a rear diffuser and a pair of dual exhaust tips. Inside, the brand’s very own MBUX user interface makes its way here via a pair of 10.25-inch displays—one for the instrument cluster and another for the infotainment system.

While it’s pretty standard fare on most Mercs these days, what makes this one special is the addition of three user modes: Classic, Sport, and Supersport. Apart from this, the driver can further customize the cabin via the 64-color ambient lighting and the optional two-tone interior.

Under the hood throbs a more potent version of the 2.0-liter four seen in the CLA 250.  Thanks to twin turbos, this one puts out 302hp and 400Nm of torque, sent to all four wheels via 7-speed dual clutch transmission. That’s good for a 0-100kph time of 4.6 seconds. Moreover, handling is enhanced by the diagonal braces and aluminum panel under the engine bay. These help give the car extra rigidity—useful for keeping the car steady at speed and tight in the corners.

Expect to see the new Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 hit dealerships later this year.

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Mr. Gerard Jude Castillo
Gerard has been a self-confessed car nut ever since he was a little boy. As a grown-up, he indulges in his passion by collecting toy cars (which he started since childhood) and reading up on the latest cars out there.  As Associate Editor, he will ensure that you get your fill of the latest cars in the market, as well as a load of automotive features.