I'm glad they use DCT instead of MCT, but a hot hatch definitely at least needs the option of a manual. Doesn't make sense for the base a-series to offer a manual, but the AMG version not to. Just one of the things I never understood about AMG.
Even though this is AWD, it's still based on FWD so I wonder how much of the FWD characteristics will peak through.
And even though I do prefer the CLA45, the A45 should at least be offered in the U.S.