Unveiled just a few months before its Shooting Brake brother, the Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 4Matic compact four-door coupe combines the same feeling of a sporty compact with the more ample space of a sedan, being almost as long as a C-Class but a lot sleeker looking.
Apart from the larger trunk space and frameless doors for an improved coupe look, the model is nearly identical regarding technical specs with both the Mercedes-AMG A 35 4Matic and the CLA 35 4Matic Shooting Brake.
The CLA 35 is therefore powered by a newly developed, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder based on the M 260 mill available in the W177 A-Class. Developing 306 horsepower and a healthy 400 Nm of torque from 3,000 rpm, the small but fierce engine can accelerate the elegant compact four-door coupe from 0 to 100 kph (62 mph) in just 4.9 seconds, onwards to an electronically limited top speed of 250 kph (155 mph).
Just all the other “35” models, the CLA 35 sends its power to all four wheels through a 4Matic all-wheel-drive system and a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. The torque distribution between the front and rear axles is infinitely variable from pure FWD to a 50:50 percent distribution to the front and rear, without benefitting from the same “drift mode” that is available on the more powerful Mercedes-AMG 45 models.