Described as an “attractive entry-level model” Mercedes-AMG have revealed the baby A35 ahead of its public debut at the upcoming Paris Motor Show.
The baby AMG is powered by a 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder (based on the M260) which develops 222 kW and 400 N.m of torque. Mercedes-AMG promises the A35 drive to “boasts a spontaneous response to accelerator pedal commands”. The 0 – 100 km/h sprint time is 4.7 seconds and a top speed 250 km/h.
All that power is sent through all four wheels via AMG Performance 4MATIC variable all-wheel drive. The AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7G dual-clutch transmission also contributes to the agile and dynamic character of the new A 35 4MATIC. The gear ratios have been configured so that the driver experiences very spontaneous acceleration in all speed ranges, combined with fast shifting and optimum connections when shifting up.” The A35 also features launch control. The exhaust system features an automatically controlled exhaust flap as standard. Depending on the drive program selected the sound is modulated from balanced to powerful.
On the aesthetic side, the A35 features a more aerodynamic look.
Aerodynamically optimised 18-inch light-alloy wheels in twin-spoke design are part of the package along with a front splitter and silver chrome trims on the louvres in the outer air intakes. The rear features new diffuser insert, the spoiler lip on the roof and the two round tailpipe trims.
Stopping power comes courtesy of a high-performance braking system which includes four-piston fixed callipers and 350 mm discs on the front axle and one-piston sliding callipers and 330 mm discs at the rear. An optional Adaptive Damping System will be available where drivers can choose between three different suspension control modes.
Inside you’ll find typical Mercedes luxury with a more sportier touch in the A35. A digital dashboard and that beautiful AMG steering wheel and Mercedes latest MBUX infotainment system.
Mercedes-Benz South Africa hasn’t announced if the model is destined for our shores, but judging from the success of the A45 we’ll definitely be seeing these on South African roads.