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By Sam McEachern, May 29, 2017

The next-generation of Mercedes-AMG compact cars will be offered in two variants to appeal to a wider range of consumers, the automaker has confirmed.

Mercedes has already taken a two-tier strategy with the AMG versions of its larger cars. The C-Class, for example, is offered in C43 AMG form with a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 or in C63 AMG form with a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8.

The next-generation A-Class will be the first new compact car from Mercedes to adopt this two-tiered pricing and performance structure. The A45 AMG nameplate is to return and will be joined by a less powerful, less expensive AMG performance model. The same will be true for the CLA45 sedan and GLA45 compact crossover.

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“The compact car family is going to be extended,” AMG Chairman Tobias Moers confirmed to Autoblog in a recent interview. “We will complement our successful ’45’ models with new performance versions, with two versions, like we do with larger cars.”

Mercedes gave us a preview of its next-generation of performance compact cars when it debuted the Concept A sedan at the 2017 Shanghai Motor Show in April. Like the current C-Class and E-Class, the concept has done away with creases and seams, replacing them with svelte, smoothed over surfaces. The four-door signals the arrival of the next CLA45 AMG sedan, but it also intended to preview the styling of all future compact cars from Mercedes.

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