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Video: 2013 Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG official teaser

Mercedes-Benz has released an official preview video of the 2013 Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG four-door coupe. The new model is set to come in standard front-wheel drive formats as well as a high performance all-wheel drive AMG model.

Seen here on a dedicated test track, the prototype showcased is believed to be the CLA 45 AMG version. On the wet surface the AMG shows off its all-wheel drive grip and drifting ability.

Although there is still a lot of camouflaging over the prototype and it’s a bit hard to tell, the CLA-Class will be a sleek new model for the four-door coupe segment. Its closest rival will probably be the Volkswagen Passat CC, which is the only medium-sized four-door coupe-style vehicle on the market at the moment.

The CLA will ride on Mercedes-Benz’s new MFA platform, which also forms the latest B-Class and A-Class. It’s a predominately front-wheel drive architecture that has room for the company’s 4 MATIC all-wheel drive system, as will be used on the CLA 45 AMG and A 45 AMG, and could also be an option on some non-AMG variants.

Powertrain options for the normal CLA-Class are set to mimic those found in the B-Class, ranging from 2.0-litre turbo petrol and turbo diesel four-cylinder units. The AMG is set to come with a 2.0-litre turbo producing around 260kW and 450Nm.

According to international reports, the normal CLA-Class will debut at the Detroit Show next month, starting January 14, before going on sale later in 2013.

Click play below for a taste.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.