The new Mercedes-AMG A 35 has been revealed ahead of its world premiere at the Paris Motor Show in October.
It serves as a delicious appetiser to the even hotter AMG A 45 due some time in 2019, and with an estimated price tag of around £36,000, it’ll be a new entry point into AMG ownership.
The hot hatch is driven by Mercedes’ two-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine but it has been tweaked and repurposed to make it worthy of being in an AMG.
Linked to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox with 4MATIC all-wheel drive system, the unit uses a twin-scroll turbocharger and variable valve control to churn out 302bhp and up to 400Nm of torque.
With launch control function enabled, the A 35 can race to 62mph from a standstill in 4.7 seconds with a limited top speed of 155mph.
Five driving modes are available, and they’re all pretty self-explanatory: Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual.
These settings provide a wide range of vehicle characteristics from comfortable to dynamic and change relevant parameters, such as the response of the engine and transmission.
As you’d expect for an AMG, there’s an array of styling flourishes to set it apart from other A-Classes, such as a 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.
Tobias Moers, chief executive of Mercedes-AMG GmbH, believed the A 35 is “a true AMG for the Hot Hatch stage”.
He explained how demand for compact Mercs has heated up significantly since the introduction of the A 45 in 2012.
“This success has encouraged us to further expand our portfolio and place it on a broader footing,” Mr Moers commented.
“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.”
Stephen Hasley, brand manager at Petrol News, comments: “This car serves as a solid rival to the Aud S3 and VW Golf R.”
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