Mercedes reveals information on its new feisty hot hatch, the Mercedes-AMG A35
There’s no denying that Mercedes’ portfolio of AMG fettled models is growing at a rapid rate, and now, Merc has another rapid car to offer to hot hatch lovers in the form of the A35 4MATIC.
The Mercedes-AMG A35 will join the daddy the A45, and will be powered by a 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that develops 225 kW (306 hp) at 5800-6100 rpm and 400 Nm at 3000-4000 rpm mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission that sends power to Mercedes’ variable all-wheel drive system dubbed 4MATIC.
The 0-100km/h dash is dismissed in a rapid 4.7 seconds. This car is goin’ Golf R huntin’. Naturally, Mercedes has paid attention to dynamics and handling. There’s a multi-mode drive system with five settings: “Slippery”, “Comfort”, “Sport”, “Sport +” and “Individual.”
Slippery is designed to aid grip on surfaces with poor traction, Comfort is designed for daily commuting and focuses on reducing fuel consumption and a compliant ride, Sport and Sport + are designed to deliver maximum driving enjoyment. These settings turn up the exhaust note, quicken the gear changes from the double-clutch gearbox and start/stop is disabled.
These driving modes work in conjunction with AMG Dynamics, which tailors the traction control according to the driving mode selected.
Individual allows the driver to choose from a number of settings to create their ultimate driving mode.
The A35 also benefits from adaptive dampers, high performance brakes, a special steering rack with a variable ratio and a bi-model exhaust.
Cosmetically, 18 inch wheels, AMG branding, and around the back there’s rear apron with a new diffuser insert, the spoiler lip on the roof and the two round tailpipe trims.
Inside, you get ARTICO artificial leather and DINAMICO with red piping. The A35 gets Benz’s new MBAUX infotainment system, complete with appealing 3D graphics and natural voice recognition. You can even log track day data via AMG Track Pace.
There’s also a digital instrument cluster with sporty AMG features that include arm-up, Set-up, G-Force and Engine Data.
The Mercedes-AMG A35 will go on sale in Europe in early 2019. Australian specifications and sale dates are yet to be confirmed.