Mercedes-AMG has a new entry-level performance model that will compete in the compact segment. Set to go against the Audi S3 hatchback, the new Mercedes-AMG A35 4MATIC is out to prove that premium hot hatches are able to deliver a new level of driving performance on the road.
The Mercedes-AMG A 35 4MATIC was developed along with the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class right from the start, allowing AMG to inject the vaunted AMG DNA into every detail of the new hot hatch. The Mercedes-AMG A 35 4MATIC makes use of the design idiom of the new A-Class with the addition of distinctive AMG elements.
For instance, the front end of the new AMG A 35 4MATIC is marked by a radiator grille with twin louvers, a front splitter and a AMG Line front apron with flics on the air intakes. Silver chrome trims are also found on the louvers in the outer air intakes. On the sides, the premium hot hatch features side sill panels of the AMG Line as well as aerodynamically optimized 18-inch light-alloy wheels in twin-spoke design. The rear end, meanwhile, is defined by a spoiler lip on the roof, two round tailpipe trims and a rear apron with a new diffuser insert.
As premium hot hatch, the AMG A 35 4MATIC is defined by power and performance, as amply provided by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo R4 engine derived from the M 260 four-cylinder engine in the new A-Class. This new engine can provide 225 kW (306 hp) of max output and 400 Nm of peak torque available between 3,000 rpm and 4,000, as sent to the wheels through the AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7G dual-clutch transmission using the AMG Performance 4MATIC variable all-wheel drive system. This setup allows the AMG A 35 4MATIC to sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds, on the way to an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h.
In terms of efficiency, the AMG A 35 4MATIC consumes between 7.3 and 7.4 liters of fuel per 100 km (combined) and emits between 167 and 169 grams of carbon dioxide per km (combined).
Supporting the prowess of the new AMG A 35 4MATIC is a speed-sensitive, electro-mechanical sports power steering. The hot hatch also features AMG exhaust system with exhaust flap for sound modulation as standard.
Matching the sprinting power of the AMG A 35 4MATIC is a robust high-performance brake system that employs new 4-piston Monoblock fixed calipers and 350 mm brake discs on the front axle, as well as one-piston sliding calipers and 330 mm brake discs on the rear axle. The silver-painted brake calipers feature black AMG lettering.
Mercedes-AMG will unveil the new A 35 4MATIC to the global public at the Paris Motor Show on October 2, 2018. Sales are set to commence next month, with a market launch set to kick off in Western Europe in January 2019.