Mercedes-Benz is planning a two-prong approach with the new A-Class AMG that will see it offered in entry-level A35 and range-topping A45 variants.
The first of these new A-Class AMG models to arrive will be the A35 AMG, which is set to debut at the Paris Motor Show early next month. Mercedes-Benz released new teaser images of the hatchback last week, showing off much of the car’s exterior including its front and rear ends and headlights and taillights. From these images, along with the spy video we posted earlier in the year, it’s clear the A35 will take after the outgoing A45 AMG with a similar-looking body kit and rear wing.
Under the hood of the A35 will be an updated version of the current A45’s 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, but it will only be making about 300 hp in the more affordable AMG model. It should be joined by a seven-speed dual clutch transmission and all-wheel drive. Rumors say the A35 will match the 0-60 mph time of the current A45, which stands at 4.5s, while the new A45 will dip below 4.0s. Speaking of the new A45, it should have over 400 hp on tap to help it compete with rivals such as the 405 hp BMW M2 Competition and 400 hp Audi RS3.
The A35 hatch, as shown here, won’t arrive in the United States but will probably hit Canadian dealers at some point. American buyers will have to make do with the A35 sedan, which may debut at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show in November.
More information on the new Mercedes A35 AMG should come to light between now and its debut in Paris in early October, so stay tuned for more information on this hot new German compact.
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