Anton Andres / Carpix for AutoIndustriya.com | January 04, 2018 09:41
Mercedes-AMG expands high-performance A-Class line
Mercedes-AMG is keen to expand the range of high-performance A-Class models. Our spies have caught yet another variation of the AMG-tuned hatchback, dubbed the A35. Seen for the first time, this particular car also sheds a significant amount of camouflage.
With the A35, our spies say that it will aim for the likes of the Audi S3 Sportback. This variant is set to bridge the gap between the A250 and the A45. A 2.0-liter turbocharged engine is expected under the hood with power likely in the 300 PS range. Another possibility is all-wheel drive being standard for the junior hot hatch, as well as a dual-clutch transmission.
As for its exterior, a closer look reveals a more aggressive front bumper arrangement. At the corners are large air intakes, likely to feed in more air to the engine. There's also a clearer picture of its headlights, which appear to have drawn inspiration from the recently introduced CLS four-door coupe. When compared to the A45 test mules, the fenders on the A35 appear to be slimmer than its more potent sibling.
In this batch of photos, there's also a clearer view of the rear section. The outline of the tail lights are now visible and hint at a longer, wraparound design. At the same time, there's a slightly larger integrated tail gate spoiler when compared to past prototypes. Further showing the car's sporty credentials is the unique treatment to the lower half of the rear bumper. Two large oval pipes replace the single exit exhaust in lower-powered variants.
According to our spies, the standard Mercedes-Benz A-Class might debut during this year's Geneva Motor Show with the A35 and A45 following a few months after.