The new Mercedes-AMG A35 revealed ahead of Paris premiere
The first official images and details of the new Mercedes-AMG A35 have surfaced online, ahead of the hot hatch’s proper reveal at October’s Paris Motor Show.
Sitting below the A45 in the A-Class line-up, the car is expected to cost around £36,000, representing a new entry-point into AMG ownership.
An even hotter AMG A45 will be revealed next year with even more power, but for now, the new A35 serves as a solid rival to the Audi S3 and VW Golf R.
Power and Performance
Under the bonnet is Merc’s latest two-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, tweaked and repurposed to warrant its place in an AMG. The unit features a twin-scroll turbocharger and variable valve control, helping it develop 302bhp and up to 400Nm of torque.
It comes linked as standard to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox and boasts 4MATIC all-wheel drive system.
With launch control function enabled, the A 35 can polish off a 0-62mph sprint in 4.7 seconds and will continue to pick up speed until it hits 155mph.
The car can be switched to one of five driving modes: Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual. These enable a wide range of vehicle characteristics from comfortable to dynamic and change relevant parameters, such as the response of the engine and transmission.
Stylistically, you’ll be able to spot the A35 due to its fixed rear wing, 18-inch alloy wheels, sports exhaust, slightly widened arches and new front and rear bumpers with large air inlets and black winglets.
The interior of the A35 does not completely strive away from the standard A-Class. That said, the A35’s interior still manages to pull off a sporty feel due to the custom trim and bucket seats.
Merc’s reasoning behind the creation of the A35
Tobias Moers, chief executive of Mercedes-AMG GmbH, labelled the car as “a true AMG for the Hot Hatch stage”.
He explained how demand for compact Mercs has developed very dynamically since the introduction of the A45 in 2012.
“This success has encouraged us to further expand our portfolio and place it on a broader footing,” Mr Moers added. “With the new A 35, we are fulfilling our brand promise of driving performance in every detail and offering thrilling lateral dynamics at the level of today’s A 45.”
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