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2020 Mercedes-AMG CLA45 packs one hell of a four-cylinder engine

With 382 hp on tap, it should scoot like no CLA before it.

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Cars are Andrew's jam, as is strawberry. After spending years as a regular ol' car fanatic, he started working his way through the echelons of the automotive industry, starting out as social-media director of a small European-focused garage outside of Chicago. From there, he moved to the editorial side, penning several written features in Total 911 Magazine before becoming a full-time auto writer, first for a local Chicago outlet and then for CNET Cars.
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Mercedes on Thursday unveiled the 2020 Mercedes-AMG CLA45.     

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The CLA35's four-cylinder engine is thrown out the window and replaced with the bonkers M139, otherwise known as the most powerful production four-cylinder out there. 

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In this instance, it produces 382 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque -- not the maximum the M139 is capable of, mind you, but there will likely be a CLA45 S in the future with even more juice.    

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It comes mated to an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission that should get the CLA45 to 60 miles per hour in about 4.0. seconds.     

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It should sound the absolute business, thanks to a standard active exhaust that uncorks itself in Sport+ mode.    

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All-wheel drive is standard, but this isn't the same AWD system that's in the CLA35.     

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Instead, it's the AMG Performance 4Matic+ version, and that little plus sign is important.     

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It's capable of sending all its torque to the front or rear axle, effectively turning it into a front-or-rear-wheel-drive vehicle as the situation demands.     

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The 2020 Mercedes-AMG CLA45 is slated to go on sale later this year, and pricing should be announced closer to that time.

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Keep scrolling or clicking to check out even more pictures of the 2020 Mercedes-AMG CLA45.

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