Mercedes-AMG has revealed the A35 sedan, the follow up to the hot hatch already unveiled. It is the second new model to arrive on the A-Class’s all-new MFA2 architecture platform and provides Affalterbach with a rival to go up against Audi’s S3 saloon.
Like the A35 hatch, the new entry-level AMG is more affordable than the previous A45 but brings a hotter flavour than usual, accelerating from 0-100km/h in 4.8sec, just 0.1s slower than its sibling.
“Following the very successful launch of the hatchback model, things are moving along dynamically in the compact class segment at AMG,” said AMG boss Tobias Moers.
“Sport saloons are the origin of Mercedes-AMG and part of the brand's core. With our new A35, we are transporting this history into modern times in the form of a very attractive model that serves as a point of entry into the world of AMG and also appeals to new customer groups.”
Powered by a 2.0-litre twin-scroll turbocharged petrol engine, it develops 225kW at 5800-6100rpm and 400Nm from 3000rpm. Power is sent through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission to the 4Matic all-wheel-drive system that can split up to 50 percent of torque to the rear axle. Stopping power is from large 350mm front and 330mm rear brake discs behind standard 18- or optional 19-inch alloys.
AMG tweaks include sports-tuned three-way adaptive dampers on the McPherson front and four-link rear suspension points, recalibrated electronic stability control settings and a variety of drive modes; Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport +, and Individual settings change the cars attitude for throttle response, speed sensitive steering, and exhaust note.
More practical than the baby back ’35, the sedan’s boot measures 420 litres, up from 370 in the five-door hatch. In the cabin is the same design we’ve already seen, with a wide AMG-specific twin-screen MBUX system, sports seats finished in faux leather, microfiber sports steering wheel with touch capacitive buttons and red seat belts and contrasting trim elements available.
Speaking to Wheels, a Mercedes-Benz spokesperson confirmed that the A35 sedan will arrive in Australia this year alongside the hatch. Both cars expected to land around September.
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