What’s better than an AMG? Three AMGs, of course – and right now, there’s no better trio to emerge from Affalterbach than the trinity that is the Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG, CLA 45 AMG and GLA 45 AMG. The first to be launched in Malaysia was the A 45 AMG hatch in 2013, followed by the CLA 45 AMG in early 2014. Last but not least was the GLA 45 AMG, launched alongside its vanilla siblings in November 2014.
Obviously, the biggest difference between the three models are the varying body styles with the A being a typical five-doored hatch, the CLA a coupe-like sedan and the GLA a slightly lifted variant of the former – the GLA is only 40 mm taller than the A despite Mercedes-Benz reinforcing the fact that it is a SUV.
All three models are powered by the same turbocharged 2.0 litre M133 four-cylinder engine with 355 hp at 6,000 rpm and 450 Nm at 2,250 to 5,000 rpm. Said mill is paired to an AMG Speedshift DCT seven-speed dual-clutch transmission with power sent to all four wheels via AMG’s 4Matic system. Zero to 100 km/h takes 4.6 seconds on the CLA and A 45 (4.8 for the GLA 45 AMG) while all three are limited to 250 km/h.
Hardcore fans of the A 45 AMG might have noticed that this particular hatch is missing the usual smattering of red graphics seen on the exterior of the Edition 1 model. For 2015, the regular A 45 AMG replaces the aforementioned variant but to be honest, it doesn’t really matter as it still soldiers on with the AMG Aerodynamics Package and AMG sport exhaust system.
As for the CLA 45 AMG, it stands out from the other two models by being the only one equipped with an updated steering wheel design, complete with AMG lettering on the bottom spoke. Elsewhere, it also gets actual carbon-fibre trim and a larger 8.0-inch centre display screen.
Think the CLA and A are a bit too civilian in their appearance? Then the GLA 45 AMG in Edition 1 trim could be right up your alley. Said car arrives on the scene decked out with a large front splitter and a rear aerofoil along with rather extravagant grey and red AMG-themed decals on the outside – the dashboard inside receives a similar treatment. It is, arguably, the most useable model of the three, though.
Equipment wise, the GLA 45 AMG gets a powered sunroof, a Harman Kardon Logic 7 surround sound system and an electronically-operated tailgate. Also, the GLA 45 AMG possesses a tad more interior space compared to its siblings thanks to a slightly larger body.
Now, you may be wondering to yourself as to the reason why we’ve decided to bring you a gallery of AMG’s entry-level triplets, right? Well, without giving it away, let’s just say that it’s got something to do with this…
GALLERY: Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG
GALLERY: Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG
GALLERY: Mercedes-Benz GLA 45 AMG