Mercedes has officially unveiled the GLA 45 AMG concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It previews the upcoming production model.

Mercedes has officially unveiled the GLA 45 AMG concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Designed to preview the upcoming production model, the concept has an aggressive exterior with modified bumpers and prominent rear wing. The crossover has also been equipped with canards, a rear diffuser and a four-tailpipe sports exhaust system. Other notable changes body side graphics, high-performance brakes and 21-inch forged alloy wheels.

Like the CLA 45 AMG, the GLA 45 AMG has a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that develops 360 HP (265 kW) and 450 Nm (331 lb-ft) of torque. It is connected to a seven-speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT transmission and an AMG 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system. This enables the crossover to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in less than five seconds.

According to AMG Chairman Tobias Moers, "Withthe Concept GLA 45 AMG, we are setting a stake firmly in the ground of the strongly growing market segment of compact SUVs. Our customers – a young target group who set great store by styling, dynamism and independence – can now start looking forward to a dynamic high-performance car."

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