2022 Mercedes-AMG A45 and CLA45 Edition 55 models announced for Australia

To celebrate 55 years of AMG, Mercedes-Benz is releasing a pair of special-edition models from its performance compact car lineup.

Mercedes-Benz has announced Edition 55 versions of the 2022 Mercedes-AMG A45 S and Mercedes-AMG CLA45 S will arrive in Australian showrooms before the end of 2022.

Building on the ’45 S’ mechanical package from the standard cars, both will be powered by an unchanged engine 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline enginevalued at 310kW and 500Nmthrough an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission to AMG’s 4Matic+ all-wheel-drive system.

Edition 55 accents for the new variants include lower door decals with the traditional AMG logo on the front, blending into the AMG diamond logo on the rear. A set of 19-inch forged cross-spoke alloy wheels in Titanium Gray fill out the arches, with Edition 55 laurel wreath center caps.

Exterior paint options are limited to Cosmos Black Metallic or Digital White Metallic.

On the outside, Edition 55 models feature either the AMG Night Package or Night Package II, with black finishes on the rear badging, window-line trim, front splitter, mirror caps and vents air intake. Black chrome covers the exhaust tips and grille inserts.

As part of the included AMG aerodynamics package, the cars will also get a rear spoiler (a lip on the CLA or a high rise on the A-Class), a taller front splitter, front bumper flics and a “simulated” look. outlets and in the rear bumper diffuser blades.

These are also treated with black packaging, but the images provided only show the Cosmos Black finish, minimizing the visual impact.

Out of sight, owners will also be able to enjoy an AMG-branded silver fuel filler. Mercedes-Benz will also include an AMG-branded indoor car cover, featuring a silver AMG logo.

Inside, Edition 55 models feature black and red leather interior trim. Illuminated AMG sill panels with red illumination, an Edition 55 ingot on the AMG Performance Dinamica steering wheel (suede look) and Edition 55 embroidery in red on the floor mats complete the package.

The AMG A45 S and CLA45 S Edition 55 models join a range of 55th anniversary models, including less powerful A35 and CLA45 models at the lower end, and a flagship G63 Edition 55 positioned as a halo model.

The arrival schedule for the Edition 55 range is set for late 2022, with Mercedes-Benz Australia keeping pricing up its sleeve until the launch approaches.

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