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PostHeaderIcon 8 Best All-Wheel-Drive Sedans of 2018 Under $35,000

There are no clear favorites when choosing the best all-wheel-drive sedan under $35,000. The important thing to remember here is to know what your preferences are. The Ford Fusion SE ($23,500), for example, is regarded for having a good amount of interior space to go with one of the most spacious trunk spaces — 16 cubic feet — among all sedans in its class. It also has a fuel economy rating of 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. If you’re not particularly into cavernous trunk spaces and instead prefer sedans that are known for their power and handling, the two Subarus could be in your future. The WRX ($26,995) has the most powerful base engine — a turbo-four unit that produces 268 horsepower — of its class, and while its fuel economy ratings aren’t anything to write about — 21 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway — it’s still regarded as one of the most dynamic cars in its class to drive.

The Subaru Legacy ($22,195), on the other hand, doesn’t have as powerful of an engine as the WRX. It’s 175-horsepower, four-cylinder unit is uninspiring compared to the WRX, but that’s likely a product of the Legacy sitting below its fellow Subie on the automaker’s totem pole. Still, the Legacy has a pretty spacious interior and returns one of the best fuel economy ratings among all models in its segment at 25 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. Then there’s the Kia Stinger ($31,900), a car many people consider as one of the future stars of its segment. Maybe it’s a byproduct of the Stinger being a new model that still gives it a fresh odor among buyers, but a big part of the Stinger’s appeal rests on its all-around quality. This model really is a star-in-the-making. Even with just the base version, you’re already getting a turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 255 horsepower at its disposal. Combine that with its own large cargo area — a whopping 23.3 cubic feet of space — and an engaging and athletic drive that’s pure fun for all of us, and it’s no wonder why the Stinger is one of the most sought-after all-wheel-drive models in the market today. All that despite the sedan only returning an EPA-estimated 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.

Four models in and the choices are about to get more difficult once you bring in Germany’s finest into the fold. The Audi A3 Premium and the Mercedes CLA 250 4Matic may be visitors from the Old Continent, but you’re going to quickly realize how at-home they make you feel once you get either one of them. The A3 Premium ($31,950) is one of the cheapest compact luxury cars on the market. In fact, the difference in price between the Stinger and the A3 Premium is a measly $50. As promising as the Stinger is, there’s a big population of people who will prefer an established model over an upstart. The A3 Premium is the base unit of the family, but it doesn’t feel like one, thanks in large part to having its fair share of luxury amenities. From leather upholstery to a panoramic sunroof to a 10-speaker audio system, they’re all there as standard equipment. About the only downside of the Audi sedan is that the Quattro all-wheel-drive system doesn’t come standard across the whole lineup. You’ll need to upgrade to the Quattro to have the most fun in the sedan. Doing so comes at the expense of a lower fuel economy rating — 24 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway — but that’s ultimately a small price to pay for all the fun you’re going to have driving it.

If the A3 isn’t your cup of tea, the Mercedes CLA 250 4Matic ($32,700 plus $2,000 to get the 4Matic AWD system) is a solid, albeit slightly more expensive option. Nobody needs to remind you what kind of model you have when you’re driving a Mercedes. The CLA 250 4Matic is teeming with luxury like only Mercedes can provide. It doesn’t have the same power figures as the A3 Premium — a four-cylinder turbocharged engine produces only 208 horsepower — but it does get some of its appeal back by how engaging it is to drive and by having one of the highest fuel economy ratings — 24 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway — of any sedan in its class. The last two sedans we’ll mention are both American bred, but like all the models we’ve mentioned, these two are special for entirely different reasons. The Chrysler 300 Touring ($28,995 plus $2,500 for an AWD version), for example, packs a punch with its 292-horsepower V-6 engine. It’s also one of the bigger sedans in its class, and that size comes into play in the spacious interior. Its fuel economy rating is average — 19 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway — but if you look past that, you’ll come to realize that the 300, despite all the negativity surrounding it, is a pretty fun ride, as well. Unfortunately for the 300, it’s still not as fun to drive as the Dodge Charger ($28,995). The meaty sports sedan packs a similar V-6 unit with an identical 292-horsepower output as the 300 Touring, but make no mistake; the Charger is a completely different animal when it comes to driving dynamics. Some people may not like it because it’s a little too wild for their capabilities, but those who have seen the Charger in action can vouch for what it’s capable of. Ultimately, choosing one sedan among these intriguing options is an exercise in futility. But if I were to choose one, my money’s going to the Kia Stinger. It isn’t as established as some of the other models here, but when you combine everything it has to offer with its starting price, there’s no better value for money than Kia’s new performance-oriented sedan.

PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG CLA 45

A fresh batch of spy photos of the upcoming Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 has come to light. As expected, the new photos show very little of the model’s prototype. The sedan’s entire surface area is covered in wraps, though, so expect plenty of aesthetic changes to happen to the updated model. Mercedes-AMG has yet to pinpoint a specific debut for the for the upcoming CLA model, but all signs seem to indicate a 2019 launch timetable. As for the AMG CLA 45, that should happen a little later in the same year. Either way, the fact that the test mule has already made a few appearances indicates that development of the model is now in full swing.

PostHeaderIcon Ranked: The Most Powerful Four-Cylinder Production Cars (and One From 1911)

Right now, the car world is swamped with turbocharged engines. This means high specific output per liter of capacity,
lots of torque, massive horsepower numbers and incredible specs for the cars equipped with such tech. While trying to figure out how to present the most powerful four-cylinder production cars, I thought of listing them by the highest specific output of the engine. Yet, listing five with 350+ horsepower feels more fun. It is quite incredible to see to what lengths the producers are willing to go in order to convince us that turbocharging and four-cylinder engines are just enough for basically anything, including high-end performance. These five cars with four-cylinder engines have so much power they will make you forget about a V-8.

PostHeaderIcon Ranked: The Most Powerful Four-Cylinder Production Cars (and One From 1911)

Right now, the car world is swamped with turbocharged engines. This means high specific output per liter of capacity,
lots of torque, massive horsepower numbers and incredible specs for the cars equipped with such tech. While trying to figure out how to present the most powerful four-cylinder production cars, I thought of listing them by the highest specific output of the engine. Yet, listing five with 350+ horsepower feels more fun. It is quite incredible to see to what lengths the producers are willing to go in order to convince us that turbocharging and four-cylinder engines are just enough for basically anything, including high-end performance. These five cars with four-cylinder engines have so much power they will make you forget about a V-8.

PostHeaderIcon The Best Cars Under $35,000

For a lot of us, buying a car comes with a lot of anxiety, especially when it comes to models that are going to cost a lot of money. But there are some models in the market that provide us with what we want out of a vehicle at costs that aren’t going to burn holes in our pockets. These models can either be attractive, have posh interiors, provide ample amounts of power, or are just fun to drive. In some cases, some cars check off more than just one criteria, though all of them have one common factor among them. They all cost at or less than $35,000.

PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-Benz CLA

Mercedes previewed the CLA-Class with the Concept Style Coupe, then a year later showed up at the Detroit Auto Show with the very first CLA-Class – a new entry-level model and the true baby of the Mercedes lineup. It’s essentially as CLS sized down a bit but features that trending four-door coupe body style that we’ve had to get used to. With that said, the CLA has been around for a while now, and 2020 will be the mark for the second-gen model to hit the market. That means it will debut in 2019, but that doesn’t matter because we’re already getting a good look at it now, and it looks very much like its bigger brother, the CLS. It will ride on the same platform as the new Mercedes A-Class and will even get the same engine lineup – including a pair of over-powered and brawny-for-their-size AMG models.

Update 07/25/2018: The Mercedes CLA has finally dropped some of its camo and was found playing on the Nurburgring. There’s still some time before it makes its debut but check out the spy shots section below to see the latest developments.

PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG CLA45 By Schmidt Revolution

A lot of people love the Mercedes-AMG CLA45. At the same time, a lot of other people don’t like it (hate’s a strong word, isn’t it?). Whichever side of the fence you’re on, there’s no denying that the AMG CLA45 is a car that’s ripe for an aftermarket program. Schmidt Revolution isn’t the biggest tuning name in the business, but it has developed a few humdingers over the years. Safe to say, the tuner knows what it’s doing, and that’s all coming to play with its new program for the AMG CLA45 that’s highlighted by an engine upgrade that gives the sedan a stout 400 horsepower.

The program as a whole is simple yet refined. That’s a good mix for a car that suffers from its own identity crisis, albeit through no fault of its own. Schmidt smartly went against overdoing the modifications in lieu of a more purposeful upgrade that gave the AMG CLA45 a consistent look to go with improved performance credentials.

The kit isn’t going to set any speed records, but with the changes in place, it helps turn the AMG CLA45 become the kind of high-performance sedan that can live up to its AMG name.

Continue after the jump to read the full review.


PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-Benz CLA With AMG Accessories

The Mercedes CLA is only a few years old, having debuted at the Detroit Auto Show back in 2013, but Mercedes found it only right to give the car a facelift for the 2017 model year. With that facelift came some updated styling that includes new front and rear fascias, new wheels, a new paint finish, and some new interior trim pieces. Of course, the car was updated to match Mercedes’ current design language, but we knew it would only be a matter of time before the German brand would start dropping new items into the accessories bin for the CLA. And, it has already started, with the new accessories being showcased on the car you see here – a Mercedes CLA with AMG Accessories.

The accessories are available for the CLA 250 Sport and any CLA model that sports the AMG logo. For now, there isn’t a whole lot to talk about, but the car can now be equipped with what some might refer to as a body kit, some side stripes, and a new set of wheel hub covers that are actually pretty darn cool. While none of these accessories will make the little car any faster, they do increase the curb appeal and give it a sportier appearance – even if the new kit isn’t what you would consider extreme.

So, let’s take a look at the new accessories and what they mean for the CLA. If you’re thinking about getting your hands on a refreshed model, you’ll certainly want to consider the accessories if you intend to stand out from the pack a little.

Continue reading to learn more about the Mercedes CLA With AMG Accessories.


PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG CLA45 Shooting Brake

In recent years, Mercedes-Benz made huge steps toward expanding its vehicle lineup. Its new products not only gave the Germans access to previously unexplored markets, but also helped create completely new segments. One such model was the CLA. Introduced in 2013 as a smaller and affordable proposition to the sleek CLS, the CLA was a huge success in both Europe and the U.S. in its first two years on the market. In 2014, Mercedes added a wagon to the CLA lineup, calling it the Shooting Brake.

Also a smaller version of the CLS Shooting Brake, the coupe-styled compact wagon received an AMG version in 2015, powered by the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder used in the A45 AMG. For 2016, the CLA Shooting Brake received the more powerful engine from the facelifted hot-hatch. Only a year has passed since then, and Mercedes has prepared yet another upgrade for the Shooting Brake.

Unveiled alongside its standard sibling and sedan versions, the AMG CLA45 Shooting Brake receives its first mid-cycle facelift. Not surprisingly, modifications are mild and include revised bumper sections, new wheels, and new trim for the interior. Unfortunately, there is no word whether the Shooting Brake will finally come to the U.S. or not. Given that most automakers have quit selling wagons Stateside, chances are this sleek grocery getter won’t cross the pond to the U.S. for many years to come. Still, the CLA45 Shooting Brake is a unique vehicle worth checking out and that’s exactly what we’ll do in the review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Mercedes-AMG CLA45 Shooting Brake.


PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG CLA45 Shooting Brake

In recent years, Mercedes-Benz made huge steps toward expanding its vehicle lineup. Its new products not only gave the Germans access to previously unexplored markets, but also helped create completely new segments. One such model was the CLA. Introduced in 2013 as a smaller and affordable proposition to the sleek CLS, the CLA was a huge success in both Europe and the U.S. in its first two years on the market. In 2014, Mercedes added a wagon to the CLA lineup, calling it the Shooting Brake.

Also a smaller version of the CLS Shooting Brake, the coupe-styled compact wagon received an AMG version in 2015, powered by the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder used in the A45 AMG. For 2016, the CLA Shooting Brake received the more powerful engine from the facelifted hot-hatch. Only a year has passed since then, and Mercedes has prepared yet another upgrade for the Shooting Brake.

Unveiled alongside its standard sibling and sedan versions, the AMG CLA45 Shooting Brake receives its first mid-cycle facelift. Not surprisingly, modifications are mild and include revised bumper sections, new wheels, and new trim for the interior. Unfortunately, there is no word whether the Shooting Brake will finally come to the U.S. or not. Given that most automakers have quit selling wagons Stateside, chances are this sleek grocery getter won’t cross the pond to the U.S. for many years to come. Still, the CLA45 Shooting Brake is a unique vehicle worth checking out and that’s exactly what we’ll do in the review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Mercedes-AMG CLA45 Shooting Brake.


PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG CLA45 Shooting Brake

In recent years, Mercedes-Benz made huge steps toward expanding its vehicle lineup. Its new products not only gave the Germans access to previously unexplored markets, but also helped create completely new segments. One such model was the CLA. Introduced in 2013 as a smaller and affordable proposition to the sleek CLS, the CLA was a huge success in both Europe and the U.S. in its first two years on the market. In 2014, Mercedes added a wagon to the CLA lineup, calling it the Shooting Brake.

Also a smaller version of the CLS Shooting Brake, the coupe-styled compact wagon received an AMG version in 2015, powered by the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder used in the A45 AMG. For 2016, the CLA Shooting Brake received the more powerful engine from the facelifted hot-hatch. Only a year has passed since then, and Mercedes has prepared yet another upgrade for the Shooting Brake.

Unveiled alongside its standard sibling and sedan versions, the AMG CLA45 Shooting Brake receives its first mid-cycle facelift. Not surprisingly, modifications are mild and include revised bumper sections, new wheels, and new trim for the interior. Unfortunately, there is no word whether the Shooting Brake will finally come to the U.S. or not. Given that most automakers have quit selling wagons Stateside, chances are this sleek grocery getter won’t cross the pond to the U.S. for many years to come. Still, the CLA45 Shooting Brake is a unique vehicle worth checking out and that’s exactly what we’ll do in the review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Mercedes-AMG CLA45 Shooting Brake.


PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG CLA45 Shooting Brake

In recent years, Mercedes-Benz made huge steps toward expanding its vehicle lineup. Its new products not only gave the Germans access to previously unexplored markets, but also helped create completely new segments. One such model was the CLA. Introduced in 2013 as a smaller and affordable proposition to the sleek CLS, the CLA was a huge success in both Europe and the U.S. in its first two years on the market. In 2014, Mercedes added a wagon to the CLA lineup, calling it the Shooting Brake.

Also a smaller version of the CLS Shooting Brake, the coupe-styled compact wagon received an AMG version in 2015, powered by the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder used in the A45 AMG. For 2016, the CLA Shooting Brake received the more powerful engine from the facelifted hot-hatch. Only a year has passed since then, and Mercedes has prepared yet another upgrade for the Shooting Brake.

Unveiled alongside its standard sibling and sedan versions, the AMG CLA45 Shooting Brake receives its first mid-cycle facelift. Not surprisingly, modifications are mild and include revised bumper sections, new wheels, and new trim for the interior. Unfortunately, there is no word whether the Shooting Brake will finally come to the U.S. or not. Given that most automakers have quit selling wagons Stateside, chances are this sleek grocery getter won’t cross the pond to the U.S. for many years to come. Still, the CLA45 Shooting Brake is a unique vehicle worth checking out and that’s exactly what we’ll do in the review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Mercedes-AMG CLA45 Shooting Brake.


PostHeaderIcon Gallery: 2017 Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake

Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 (C/X117), 2016

So after introducing the new Mercedes CLA Facelift to you in four-door coupe format, let us now have a closer look at the more fancy version of the car, the 2017 Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake. This one offers all the goodies of the regular model plus a healthy dose of style and panache.

What’s particularly cool about the CLA Shooting Brake is that you get the desirable features of a coupe, such as sloping roof and frameless windows, plus the extra practicality of a big boot at the back. It is essentially like a wagon but not boxy and uncool. Some say the unique form of a shooting brake is even nicer than a normal coupe.

And if that is still not enough for you, the 2017 Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake also comes as CLA45 AMG which gets sportier bumpers and aero parts as well as bigger wheels and some extra chrome. This model also has a dense 374 horsepower turbocharged four cylinder engine.

Speaking of the engines, we’ve already told you about the CLA 250 models launching in the UK, so now let’s check out the other powertrain available for the European version. First we have the CLA 180 d BlueEFFICIENCY with a measly 109 hp but excellent fuel economy of 3.5/3.6 l/100 km. Then there is the CLA 220 with 4MATIC delivering 184 hp, CLA 200 d with 136 hp, CLA 220 d with 177 hp, CLA 180 BlueEFFICIENCY with 122 hp, CLA 180 also with 122 hp, CLA 200 with 156 hp, and finally the CLA 220 4MATIC with 184 hp.

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PostHeaderIcon 2017 Mercedes CLA Facelift Unveiled

The 2017 Mercedes-AMG CLA45

We have been seeing partially covered prototypes of this car out and about for a while, but now the new 2017 Mercedes CLA Facelift goes official, revealing all that was hidden behind the camo. And it isn’t much, really. Just some lightly modified bumpers and new light-alloy wheel designs.

To be fair, more has happened inside the cabin of 2017 Mercedes CLA, where you get new seat covers and trim parts, as well as chrome-plated controls. There has been an upgrade in the level of equipment the car comes with, including the addition of LED High Performance headlamps, HANDS-FREE ACCESS, and enhanced smartphone integration.

But design-wise, a pair of revised bumpers inspired by Mercedes new corporate look is all you get. Changes are a bit more noticeable on the CLA 45 AMG model what with it being the sporty version with a more aggressive look. But even if you want one of the regular models, you can customize the look using more than six new wheel design and optional treatment such as the Night Package and Sport Package.

Other notable highlights of the 2017 Mercedes CLA Facelift inside the cabin include a freestanding 8-inch media display with a new-style glass cover, matt black ash wood, black DINAMICA microfiber trim, and chrome-plated control. Equipment-wise, the car is as Benz as you’d expect, available with  Active Brake Assist as standard, DYNAMIC SELECT, and…

The CLA Facelift launches in the UK with two engines. The regular version is the CLA 250 powered by a 208 hp four-pot, and it can be had with two or four-wheel-drive. The better version is the CLA 45 AMG with a 375 hp turbo-four and the ability to go from 0 to 60 in 4.1 seconds.

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PostHeaderIcon 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA Unveiled

Mercedes just dropped details on the refreshed CLA a week before its big debut in New York. The changes are minimal, but do include a few tweaks to the styling, plus new amenities for the cabin.

Let’s start with the exterior, where both the sedan and shooting brake model receive new bumpers, a standard black diamond grille, and new wheels. Silver, chrome, or black trim can be found on the nose, while the rear can be optioned with a selection of trim between the bumper-integrated exhaust tips. There’s also a new exterior paint option (cavansite blue metallic), plus five different 18-inch wheel designs, including a new five-spoke roller from AMG. LED headlights are available.

Convenience features include a hands-free loading system, and AMG models even get an optional trailer hitch.

Inside, there are new upholstery options, such as a beige/black leather combo, while the interior trim gets finishes like a sail-look, black ash wood, black microfiber, and honeycomb aluminum. There are also chrome-plated controls, new dials and needles for the gauges, and enhanced smartphone connectivity. Infotainment is routed through a new, slimmer 8-inch display screen.

The CLA’s various drivetrains are unchanged in the refresh. Eco warriors will enjoy the CLA 180 d BlueEfficiency Edition, which has a 109-horsepower engine that emits just 89 g/km of CO2, while those looking for something sportier should check out the AMG model, which ups the aggressive styling outside and incorporates 381 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque under the hood.

The 2017 CLA Coupe will make its debut at the New York International Auto Show next week, while the Shooting Brake version will debut during the Laureus World Sports Awards in Berlin this April. Order books will open in April, with deliveries commencing in July.


PostHeaderIcon Fairy Design Mercedes CLA Wide Body

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Japanese tuner Fairy Design has come up with a new wide body kit for the Mercedes CLA which gives the little four-door coupe the girth, and attitude, of a muscle car. Fairy Design Mercedes CLA is the most insane version of the car you can buy today… if you live in Japan.

The thing is, the CLA is a cute and cuddly little Benz one would imagine is appealing most to young college kids and, you know, ladies. Neither of those demographics are that into wide body kits, especially such extreme body kits. Fairy Design Mercedes CLA kind of looks like a small man who has taken an inordinate amount of steroid and sort of grown out of his own body!

The styling package on this Fairy CLA consists of front and rear over fenders – which have something of a Liberty Walk design about them – front lip spoiler, rear diffuser, and a cool ducktail rear boot lid spoiler. If you want the full effect you have to also get a set of large and wide wheels and also sport lowered suspension.

The cost of Fairy Design Mercedes CLA is 600,000 Yen in Japan. There is no talk of a performance upgrade, but if you go for the CLA 45 AMG model you won’t need one anyway. 

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PostHeaderIcon Loewenstein Mercedes CLA “SAPHIR”

Loewenstein Mercedes CLA-0

When you hear the name Loewenstein, you probably think it’s a Jewish tuner who is in the business of lowering cars. And that is somewhat true. But there is more to what they do, as shown here with this brilliant Loewenstein Mercedes CLA 45 AMG dubbed Saphir (Sapphire).

Being based on a CLA 45 AMG, Loewenstein Mercedes CLA starts out with 360 horsepower and 450 Nm of torque. The AMG four-cylinder turbo engine used in this model is undoubtedly one of the engineering marvels of our time. Still, with only one hour work and installing a plug&play power module, Loewenstein Manufaktur can boosts that output to 410 horsepower and 530 Nm.

Those who want still more can opt for a sport catalytic converter with a carbon fiber hood featuring an integrated air intake system complete with sport air filters. These changes will result in a total output of 425 horsepower and 540Nm – not a significant gain given the number of mods and their cost.

You are better off getting the 410 hp kit and spend the rest of your money on the wide body kit exclusively designed for Loewenstein Mercedes CLA. Consisting of an RS front spoiler and rear diffuser and a 3-piece rear wing, the carbon fiber kit adds 20mm to the girth of the little CLA at the front and 40mm at the back. Lowered suspension and a set of 20” concave wheels complement the kit.

Last but not least, Loewenstein offers a seres of interior upgrades for the CLA Saphir, including sport steering wheel, new upholstery, door and dashboard trims, and floor mats.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG By Loewenstein

As one of the newest models in the Mercedes-AMG lineup, the CLA45 AMG has a lot to live up to. Fortunately for Mercedes-AMG, the performance-oriented sedan has been up-to-task with that, as it has established itself as a worthy competitor to more established rivals like the BMW M3 and the Audi S3. Owners of the CLA45 AMG have very little to worry about the car, and now, they have even more reasons to celebrate now that Loewenstein has introduced its first tuning kit for the sedan.

In line with its past works, the German tuner focused its attention on giving the CLA45 AMG improved performance capabilities. That’s the focus of the program, although a new wide body aero kit, a new set of wheels, and a carbon fiber-dressed interior are also part of the checklist. Overall, its a relatively comprehensive kit that touches on a lot of important aspects of the CLA45 AMG. There are no suspension modifications and that’s a little bit disappointing. But, given the variety of options it had on how best to approach the CLA45 AMG, I’d say that Loewenstein did a really good job at improving as much as it could on the car without disregarding its “AMG-ness”.

Loewenstein didn’t offer any pricing information about the program so prospective customers are advised to contact the tuner directly to get a quote on the tuning kit.

Continue reading to learn more about the Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG By Loewenstein.


PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake

With station wagons losing ground to the ever-growing crossover segment, shooting brakes aren’t doing very well either. Things are worse in the U.S., where very few automakers still offer wagon or shooting brake body styles. Mercedes-Benz is the only brand that can brag about offering two shooting brakes (based on the CLA and CLS), but neither of them are available in North America.

With the CLA sedan selling like hot cakes in the U.S., Mercedes’ decision to not offer the CLA Shooting Brake on these shores is difficult to explain. And while we’re trying to figure that out, Europe is getting ready to welcome an update version of the sleek wagon.

According to a new batch of spy shots we just received from our paparazzi, Stuttgart is already working on a facelift for the CLA Shooting Brake. A bit surprising since the wagon was unveiled only two years ago, but Mercedes seems determined to update its entire lineup of compact vehicles through 2016.

So what does the mid-cycle update have in store for the CLA Shooting Brake? Nothing too dramatic really, but you’ll have to keep reading to find out more.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake.


PostHeaderIcon Mercedes CLA45 AMG Shooting Brake

The CLA45 AMG Shooting Brake will be unveiled in Geneva in 2915, and Mercedes has revealed its preliminary information today.

With an affordable price tag and matching good looks, the 2014 to 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA became a popular item as soon as it hit showrooms. That success has inspired the Germans to expand the CLA lineup to include a beefed-up 2014 CLA45 AMG and a CLA Shooting Brake. With the former already on sale since the 2014 model year, Mercedes is finally rolling out wagon versions — Shooting Brakes, as the company likes to call them — for both four-door coupe models. The CLA45 AMG Shooting Brake breaks cover as we enter the 2015 model year, with its public debut set to take place at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.

With the CLA45 AMG already available in U.S. dealerships, the Shooting Brake model is as familiar as it gets, with only the longer roofline and sloping tailgate setting it apart from its sedan sibling. The AMG-badged wagon is both powerful and fast, despite being a massive departure from AMG’s traditional V-8 and V-12 powerplant strategy with its 2.0-liter four-banger. You might as well call it the CLS63 AMG Shooting Brake’s baby brother; no one will mind. Read on for the full details.

Updated 08/28/2015: For the 2016 model year, the CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake receives the same output as the facelifted 2015 Mercedes-AMG A45 AMG, meaning that it gets to play with 381 horsepower instead of 360 horsepower, while the 0-62 mph acceleration takes place in 4.3 seconds.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Mercedes CLA45 AMG Shooting Brake.


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