The newly-introduced 2019 Mercedes-AMG A35 has been revealed to the world after a couple of teasers were posted over the weekend.
The hot hatch is set to bridge the gap between the Mercedes-Benz A250 and the AMG A45, with 225kW and 400Nm coming from its turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine. Power is sent to the wheels via a 7-speed AMG ‘Speedshift’ dual-clutch, with the 4Matic all-wheel drive system distributing torque from between 100:0 (full front-drive) and 50:50 ratios.
This puts it at 55kW and 75Nm short of the A45’s outputs, though not slack by any means. The AMG A35’s peak power arrives from 5800rpm up to 6100rpm, with torque peaking between 3000 and 4000rpm.
Mercedes-AMG says the A35 will hit 100km/h from a standstill in just 4.7 seconds, making this a close (but very likely more expensive) competitor to the Volkswagen Golf R, which makes a 4.8 second claim. The AMG A35 has an electronically limited limited top speed of 250km/h.
From within its own variation of the fresh new A-Class interior, the AMG A35 also features a higher degree of control over electronic assist systems than previous AMG models, with the AMG Dynamics system seen in the updated AMG C63 S.
It allows drivers to, according to AMG, “agilise interventions according to the driver's wishes,” which essentially means it uses torque vectoring through braking, allowing for more precise steering.
The A35’s adaptive dampers have three modes, spread between comfort and firmer for hard driving. Brakes are four-piston monoblocks at the front on 350mm discs, while the rears are single-pot sliding callipers on 330mm discs.
And AMG is sure to point out that its active exhaust has the potential to be “powerfully” rorty, in true AMG fashion.
AMG CEO Tobias Moers says the success of the A45 was a strong indication that there was scope to slot another hot hatch into the AMG line-up.
"With the introduction of the A45 in 2012, we presented a real benchmark in the compact segment. The demand for our compact models has developed very dynamically in recent years,” says Moers.
“This success has encouraged us to further expand our portfolio and place it on a broader footing. With the new A35, we are fulfilling our brand promise of driving performance in every detail and offering thrilling lateral dynamics at the level of today's A45.”
A Mercedes-Benz Australia spokesperson says the A35 is expected to arrive during the second half of 2019, but wasn’t yet able to disclose pricing or Australian-specific details of the AMG A35.