New Mercedes-AMG A 35 4MATIC Opens Up the World of Driving Performance
The demand for sporty compact models has developed very dynamically in recent years and with the introduction of the A 45 in 2012, Mercedes presented a real benchmark in the compact segment. With the new Mercedes-AMG A 35, they are fulfilling the brand’s promise of offering driving performance in every detail.
Body shell, suspension, all-wheel drive, transmission, driving programs, fine tuning – every detail has been designed for maximum driving dynamics without compromising on everyday comfort. The performance at sports car level (acceleration 0-62 mph in 4.7 seconds) and the specific design also strengthen the identity as a member of the performance family. A true AMG hot hatch.
The powerful exterior design adds characteristic AMG elements to the design idiom of the A-Class. The radiator grille with twin louvres, the AMG Line front apron with flics on the air intakes, a front splitter and silver chrome trims on the louvres in the outer air intakes are distinguishing features at the front. In the side view, the aerodynamically optimised 18-inch light-alloy wheels in twin-spoke design and the side sill panels of the AMG Line catch the eye. The rear view is dominated by the rear apron with a new diffuser insert, the spoiler lip on the roof and the two round tailpipe trims.
The new generation of AMG steering wheels continues to provide the perfect link between the driver and the vehicle. The steering wheel rim with a flattened lower section, perforated leather in the grip area and red contrasting topstitching is both attractive and pleasant to the touch. The galvanised steering wheel gearshift paddles allow an even sportier driving style with manual gear shifting.
The 2.0-litre turbo engine is a new development and is based on the M 260 four-cylinder engine in the new A-Class. The variable AMG Performance 4MATIC combines the best possible traction with lots of driving fun. The spectrum ranges from front-wheel drive only to a 50:50 percent distribution to the front and rear axles.
The new Mercedes-AMG A 35 4MATIC will make its world premiere at the Paris Motor Show on 2 October 2018, sales will start in October 2018, and market launch will kick off in Q1 2019 in the UK.
Hayley has been an automotive writer for six years, and is the editor of a popular UK motoring blog. She specialises in Mercedes-Benz and dreams of one day owning a Mercedes AMG A45.