Mercedes AMG’s entry-level A35 has first been associated with a sporty hot hatch body styling. Well poised to compete with a host of all-wheel drive turbo hot hatchbacks, this body style makes sense in terms of versatility and outright performance. Now, however, Mercedes is keen to present the AMG A35 formula in a more ‘sensible’ form - that of a compact saloon. That’s right, the Mercedes AMG A35 can now be specced in sedan form for those who would rather not share their cabin with their cargo.
Considering that the AMG A45 is the top dog for this particular model, the AMG A35 distinguishes itself with milder AMG-style aesthetic pieces versus the edgy and aggressive pieces of the A45. That said, the AMG A35 sedan meshes the maturity you would expect out of a Mercedes with the muscular profile of an AMG car. Pieces like the wide front apron with added slits to the ducts give the A35 a certain form of restrained aggression. Pair that with AMG Line bits on the side sills as well as a subtle rear diffuser and we get an AMG with ‘just enough’ edge but still polite enough for the daily commute.
As with its hatchback iteration, the A35 gets a 2.0L turbocharged inline-four that’s good for about 305 PS and 400 Nm of torque. Mated to AMG 7-speed ‘Speedshift’ dual clutch transmission, 0 - 100 km/h is done away in 4.8 seconds with a top speed limited to 250 km/h. AMG's turbo four-cylinder boasts a twin-scroll turbocharger as well as a lightweight die-cast aluminum crankcase to get the most strength and performance out of a conventional four-cylinder layout.
Being that an AMG is a high-performance vehicle, the information displayed on the wide digital cluster/multimedia screens can be tailored to display vital data such as Warm-up, Set-up, G-Force and Engine Data. All these can be displayed via the Supersport display mode wherein there is a central, round rev counter while additional information are presented in the form of bars to the left and right of the tachometer. To add to the A35’s party tricks, AMG can even add the AMG Track Pace program – a system that not only provides lap timing on the circuit, but is also a data-logger that provides telemetry and input analysis of your previous laps as well.
"Following the very successful launch of the hatchback model, things are moving along dynamically in the compact class segment at AMG. Sport saloons are the origin of Mercedes-AMG and part of the brand's core. With our new A 35, 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", states Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG.
For a ‘mild’ iteration of what AMG has to offer, the A35 sedan seems pretty focused on performance despite the understated look.