The upcoming A45 AMG will make its global debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. It would be exactly one year after standard versions of Mercedes-Benz’s new A-class was first unveiled. Mercedes-Benz’s AMG off-shoot said that this marks its first entry into the hot hatch market in Europe where it will go up against the BMW M135i.
Mercedes-Benz officials said that sales of its right hand drive models in the UK will begin in July 2013. AMG hasn’t released the pricing details yet but Autocar said that the A45 AMG will sell for about £36,000, with an optional performance package expected to add £3000 more. AMG engine boss Fritz Eichler developed the new turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder direct injection petrol engine that’s used to power AMG’s first ever hatchback.
The new unit uses the codename M132. It is based on the M274 engine of parent company Mercedes-Benz with the same capacity used in the newly launched A250 CGI. The transversely mounted engine runs a twin scroll turbocharger with a maximum 1.8 bar of boost pressure. The automaker claims that when used on the A45 AMG, it boasts an output of 349bhp at 6600rpm along with 332lb ft of torque.
This represents an improvement of 141bhp and 111lb ft when compared to the A250’s powerplant, which is less heavily tuned. In comparison, the M135i’s turbocharged 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder engine kicks out 316bhp and the same 332lb ft.
Power gets distributed to the four wheels through a seven speed dual clutch gearbox created and built in-house at Mercedes-Benz’s gearbox plant located near Stuttgart in Germany. It works together with a multi-plate clutch four-wheel drive system created with the assistance of Austrian based production and engineering specialist Magna.
Mercedes-AMG puts more muscular and athletic features to the passionate external design of the brand-new Mercedes-Benz A-Class. It now features a new and dynamic design, robust sculptural trait, and feature lines on both of its sides. These design upgrades guarantee that the A45 AMG shows off as a unique high-performing car – an example of a true AMG creation.
Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG’s front is built with the AMG front apron’s cross strut and the “dual-bladed” radiator grille, which are both polished in matt titanium gray. Attractive black flicks also border the big cooling air intakes on the sides. A great-looking side is created as well by the wheels made of light alloy with twin-spoke design and the side sill panels with matt titanium grey inserts. The rear apron, along with its underscored air outlet openings in its sides, is equipped with a diffuser insert and trims in the same matt titanium gray color. Two chrome-plated tailpipes that compose the exhaust system and its exhaust flap also enhance the bold finishing touches of the AMG.
Vibrant and elite interior appointments and design
The interior of the modern A45 AMG also takes pride of its signature Mercedes-AMG exclusivity and dynamism. Setting greater standards in quality and look, the car is appointed with sports seats that are wrapped in ARTICO handmade leather and DINAMICA microfiber designed with red top-stitching. The multiple-function steering wheel along with its shift sticks and AMG DRIVE UNIT also scores high when it comes to appearance. Dash panels are built with carbon-fiber covers, thus complementing the black/red air vents, the door sill panels, and the red seatbelts. The instrument cluster also provides information and driving details in a central color display by the AMG’s RACETIMER and main menu.