Written by Marco Carvajal
Photographs by Marco Carvajal
If you want to drive to impress, the AMG CLA 35 Coupe will be your best friend.
This attractive curvy looking coupe looks and feels amazing on the road, but the best part is that it is priced at less than $50K. A great low price for a very luxurious Mercedes Benz AMG Coupe, letting you enter the world of AMG driving performance without breaking your wallet.
AMG is the performance brand of Mercedes Benz, AMG CLA 35 not only looks amazing but also is fully equipped with all the advanced performance features and equipment typical of AMG.
The AMG CLA is stylish, performance-ready, and it will give you so much driving pleasure that will be difficult to stop driving this curvy coupe. Mercedes Benz has produced a win-win buy, a great luxury-performance vehicle for a very low-value price.
One of the most attractive elements in the design of the CLA 35 coupe is the curvy rear that goes down from top to bottom with perfect lines that are merged with art and style, producing one of the most beautiful coupes you can see on the road. This AMG CLA 35 can remind us of the rear design of the Porsche Panamera. The AMG CLA 35 is not less than one can expect from luxury car-maker Mercedes Benz under their performance line AMG.
This re-make of the CLA 35 is enhanced with 302 horsepower, AMG Performance, and 4MATIC all-wheel drive. The interior matches the AMG power of this new CLA with an advanced digital cockpit with the new MBUX voice assistant system. The exterior has a killer look ready to impress the most demanding car aficionados.
According to Mercedes Benz the AMG CLA 35 is a gateway into the Mercedes-AMG world. Drive an amazing performance-ready AMG coupe to get a feel of the advance performance and beauty at a the highest level.
Mercedes AMG Performance
The AMG division from Mercedes Benz, started about 50 years ago, during the 1960’s, with 2 engineers working at the Daimler-Benz who started to optimized Mercedes Benz engines and cars for racing and performance.
The AMG name comes from A as in Aufrecht, M as in Melcher and G as in Grossaspach. Hans Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher were working together in Grossaspach, Germany with the goal to produce the best performance Mercedes Benz automobiles. They spent their spare time further improving the performance for Mercedes Benz engines and became experts in optimizing the performance of Mercedes-Benz vehicles. In 1971 their optimized AMG Mercedes 300 SEL 6.8 became the winner in its class and second place overall, at the 24 hours racing in Spa. The success and advanced performance continues until the present time as the Mercedes AMG line has developed like a skyrocket from a two-man operation into a global brand inside the Mercedes Benz Family.
Every Mercedes Benz vehicle with the letters AMG is a fast car ready for performance, with optimized engines and special features, aerodynamic bodies, high-speed capabilities, driver comfort and exterior design to complete a luxury performance car.
50 years of AMG performance evolution with all the characteristics developed by AMG make the 2020 Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 Coupe one of the best coupes in the market within a range price near 50K.
The AMG 35 coupe offers an attractive entry into the world of AMG driving performance for a very affordable price.
New AMG Models
The new AMG CLA 35 is the first of a few new AMG models that Mercedes Benz is launching in the next months. All new AMG models followed by the CLA 35 come with different body styles and performance power for different lifestyles.
The upcoming new AMG models will be available with a powerful 2.0 L Inline-4 Turbo Engine providing a generous output of 302 hp and 295 lb-ft.
There will be 4 new AMG models this year, a new AMG A-Class, AMG CLA, AMG GLA and AMG GLB, to let drivers enjoy AMG performance in four different body styles. This new AMG models will let car buyers choose the vehicle that best suits their needs providing extensive power, performance and versatility.
These new AMG models come standard equipped with AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive, an AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-Speed dual-clutch transmission, AMG DYNAMIC SELECT, an AMG Sport Suspension and 3-Stage Electronic Stability Program, providing the AMG ‘35’ customer the performance and precision synonymous with AMG.
2020 Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 Coupe Highlights
- 5 Passenger capacity
- AMG-enhanced 2.0 L inline-4 turbo Engine
- 302 Horse Power
- 295 lb-ft.
- AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed dual-clutch Automatic transmission
- 11.6 cu ft Cargo capacity
- 23 mpg City fuel economy
- 29 mpg Highway fuel economy
- 4.8 seconds acceleration
- Panorama roof
- AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive
- AMG DYNAMIC SELECT, an AMG Sport Suspension and 3-Stage Electronic Stability Program providing the AMG ‘35’ customer the performance and precision synonymous with AMG.
- Five AMG DYNAMIC SELECT driving modes “Slippery”, “Comfort”, “Sport”, “Sport +” and “Individual” allowing the full spectrum of vehicle characteristics, from comfortable to highly dynamic. These various modes ensure that you are able to establish the optimal parameters for your driving style as they modify the powertrain, transmission, AMG DYNAMICS, and exhaust system.
The driver can choose between the three unique AMG display styles “Classic”, “Sport” and “Supersport” for the instrument dashboard. The fancy “Supersport” mode shows a central, round rev counter and additional information presented in the form of bars to the left and right of the rev counter: with a three-dimensional perspective, they reach far into the background to an artificial horizon.
With the new optional AMG steering wheel buttons, you can quickly switch driving modes without removing your hands on the wheel. There is a round controller with an integrated display beneath the right-hand steering-wheel spoke, and also two vertically positioned color display buttons with switches beneath the left-hand steering-wheel spoke, so you can select your favorite driving mode.
The 2020 AMG CLA 35 will easily become an icon of style. Lots of beauty and lots of features, high-style, high-tech cabin.
With the AMG menu the driver can call up various special displays:
- Gear display – with yellow “M” symbol in manual mode
- Warm-Up menu – engine and transmission oil temperature
- Set-Up menu – AMG DYNAMIC SELECT settings
- G-Meter – longitudinal and lateral acceleration forces
- Race-Timer – stopwatch, lap and sector times
- Engine data – output and torque, engine oil and transmission oil temperature
Advanced MBUX Infotainment System Standard
The AMG CLA 35 Coupe, as well as all-new Mercedes-AMG models, come equipped with Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX). Enjoy the latest version of the MBUX infotainment system, with AMG-specific advanced functions and displays. MBUX is standard included with no additional charge. The modern MBUX infotainment system includes an innovative interface that enhances and optimizes the GLC 43 on several aspects to produce an amazing Mercedes-Benz user experience.
The MBUX includes a new cockpit control with a lot of innovation. MBUX integrates digital in-dash displays including a touchscreen, touch-sensitive controls, Bluetooth hands-free, and audio streaming, and an available industry-advancing voice control system that responds to your everyday speaking voice and phrasing of commands. You can set up multiple user profiles of favored settings, and groups of settings can be saved as themes or moods, easily accessible at your dashboard.
MBUX Infotainment Advanced Voice Control
The latest version of the MBUX infotainment system further enhances the driving experience for everyday use and establishes a great connection between vehicle, driver, and passengers. MBUX can be operated via the touchpad, touch control buttons on the steering wheel, or by voice control.
The ultra advanced voice control can be activated with the words “Hey Mercedes”. Thanks to artificial intelligence, MBUX recognizes and understands nearly all sentences from the fields of infotainment and vehicle operation, even if they are expressed indirectly.
The widescreen color display with a multitouch interface makes it easy to access tons of features, including audio, MB Navigation, phone, and vehicle settings. In addition to the three input methods of the standard screen (touchscreen, console touchpad, and Touch Control steering wheel). It also responds to the advanced voice control by saying “Hey, Mercedes.”. For easy management, you can save groups of settings as themes and moods.
- AMG CLA 35 Coupe $46,900 MSRP