The Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG is the smallest available AMG in the United States, but its diminutive proportions does not imply that it lacks power. The car, which was unveiled Wednesday at the New York Auto Show, features a 4-cylinder, 2-liter engine that can produce 355 horsepower and 332 pounds of torque. The CLA 45 AMG will cost around $48,000, depending on options. With its engine crafted by the hands of one engineer, the car can reach a top speed of 155 miles per hour and can hit 62 mph in just 4.6 seconds.

The CLA 45 AMG promises to be sleek, with aerodynamic front and rear bumpers, and carbon fiber can be found inside and out. The CLA 45 AMG has a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with these separate modes: a sport mode, a Momentary M mode that lets you switch to manual without removing your hands from the steering wheel and a C mode that'll appeal those who want fuel economy (the car gets up to 34 mpg). Power reaches all four wheels thanks to Mercedes' 4MATIC system.

For an "entry-level" Mercedes-Benz, the CLA 45 AMG offers plenty of features, and at the New York Auto Show, it was equipped with many. The car's interior was stylish with sport seats, red-stitching and other touches. The emphasis on race-track performance was evident, thanks to an independent sports suspension and "3-stage ESP with Curve Dynamic Assist," which includes an "ESP ON" mode that emphasizes safety and neutral handling.

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG will arrive in the U.S. this spring.