Anton Andres / Carpix for AutoIndustriya.com | February 20, 2018 11:32
Mercedes-AMG A35 may likely be world's first hybrid hot hatch
With the Mercedes-Benz A-Class going official, it's only a matter of time before the world sees the hotter AMG versions. As their debut dates draw closer, our spies have managed to capture the A35 AMG sporting less camouflage out in the cold.
According to our spies, it seems that Mercedes-AMG is aiming for the A35 to be the first mid-hybrid hot hatch. They are reporting that it will be powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine. Power is estimated at 300 PS and 400 Nm of torque, plus it will be using the brand's EQ Boost system, which helps the engine achieve those figures. 4Matic all-wheel drive is likely to be standard.
As for the looks department, it won't be as aggressive-looking as the higher-output A45. However, it will come with a unique set of bumpers both at the front and rear. It is worth noting that this particular pre-production unit has a mesh grill instead of Mercedes-AMG's signature 'Panamerica' cascading grill. It is likely that the car you see here isn't the final product just yet.
Key differences that set the A35 apart from its lesser-powered siblings are a pair of larger corner air intakes on the front bumper. The hatch's front apron is also unique to this model. A more rounded rear bumper, likely hiding an integrated diffuser, houses two large exhaust pipes, indicating that this is no A200 with an AMG kit. Lastly, don't expect the wheels seen here to be the ones making it to production. As with all cars coming from the in-house performance division, it will get a special set of alloys.