Mercedes–Benz has given the world an early look at the new Mercedes-AMG A35 hot hatch ahead of its debut.
Expected to debut at the upcoming Paris Motor Show, starting October 4, the A35 AMG is set to bridge the gap between AMG’s stonking A45, and the Mercedes A250.
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Based on the new A-Class, it’s expected the A35 will come along with outputs in the region of 250kW and 450Nm from the tuned-up 2.0-litre turbo, for a sub-5.0sec 0-100km/h claim.
This puts it far enough north of the A250’s performance without encroaching on even the current generation A45’s 280kW/475Nm.
The next A45 is expected to break the 300kW mark in an effort to chalk up a sub-4 second 0-100km/h time, achievable given the current 4.2 second claim.
The inaugural A35 AMG will utilise an AMG-fettled version of the latest 4MATIC all-wheel drive system, which MOTOR previously reported replaces a hydraulic pump for the actuation of the rear differential with an electro-mechanical clutch.
This should put it in competition with the likes of Audi’s S3 and BMW’s M140i, both being performance cars teetering on the edge of being full-blown members of their sub-brands families (Audi Sport and M respectively).
On its Twitter post, Mercedes-Benz attempted to lead followers to believe the images of the A35 might be of a different vehicle, though the yellow car also appeared in a post by the AMG-specific account, on which the ‘A35’ badge is clearly visible.
The post also states it’s “a new AMG family member,” which is an equally big giveaway – unless Mercedes-AMG is very good at keeping secrets.