An all-new hot hatch has just been unleashed and it comes with more than 300 horsepower and can sprint from 0 - 100 km/h in less than 5 seconds. Say hello to the 2019 Mercedes-AMG A35. It serves as the brand’s latest pocket rocket and sits below the next-generation A45 which will be revealed soon. 

“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. 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 A 45,” said Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG.

Mercedes-AMG A35

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In keeping with the A45’s sporty pedigree, the lesser A35 gets similar styling albeit milder. It does not have the signature ‘Panamericana grill’ but the A35 does come with an AMG-style front grill with twin louvres and AMG badging on the side. Meanwhile, the front bumper gets blacked-out side intakes and a chin spoiler. Also painted in black are the 18-inch lightweight twin-spoke alloy wheels that further accentuate the hot hatch’s pedigree. Around the back, the A35 gets a stylish rear apron, new diffuser inserts, twin circular exhausts and a huge rear wing mounted on the roof.

Inside, it shares the same sophisticated interior as the standard 2019 A-Class. Shiny metal trim pieces, along with piano black accents give the A35 a sleek and upscale look. What makes the A35 different from the rest of the A-Class range are the Mercedes-AMG seat covers made from Artico leather and Dinamica microfiber.

Mercedes-AMG A35

Providing in-car entertainment is the new MBUX multimedia system. First revealed in the 2019 A-Class, the new infotainment system replaces the older COMAND system and comes with new features and wireless connectivity. From voice control, 3D-mapping navigation, and a heads-up display, the new MBUX aims to deliver a more high-tech riding experience. Other key features present in the A35 are the digital gauges, aircraft-inspired aircon vents and the new-generation AMG steering wheel with a flat-bottom design. 

Under the hood lives a 2.0-liter inline-four that benefits from a twin-scroll turbocharger. With it, the four-cylinder produces an impressive 306 PS along with 400 Nm of torque that's readily available at 3000 rpm. It can go from 0 - 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds and reach an electronically-limited top speed of 250 km/h. Power is sent to all four wheels via an AMG-tuned 4Matic fully variable all-wheel drive system. Like the more powerful A45, the sole transmission option is a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

There are five driving modes available to choose from in the AMG A35. First up is 'Comfort' which sets the car for fuel efficiency along with a soft ride. Then there's 'Sport' and 'Sport+' which sharpens engine mapping and the transmission for better driving pleasure. Next comes 'Slippery' which is optimized for slick road conditions. It reduces power and sets up a flat torque curve for smoother gear-changes. Finally, there's 'Individual' which allows drivers to configure each driving parameter/s to their desired settings. 

Mercedes-AMG A35

Other available extras and equipment in the 2019 A35 include: adaptive damping which comes with three modes, AMG exhaust system with electronically-controlled exhaust flap and AMG Track Pace which acts as the car’s virtual data logger and time-keeper for the track.

The 2019 Mercedes-AMG A35 will officially make its public debut at the 2018 Paris Motor Show on October 2. Market launch and sales of the A35 will begin in January 2019 in Western Europe.