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Spied: Mercedes-AMG testing A43 to slot below A45


Mid-range AMG A-Class testing in Southern Europe

After catching the upcoming Mercedes-Benz A-Class on the road and on the Nurburgring, our spies have caught it again, this time in Southern Europe.

However, unlike the other cars they've spotted before, this one sports a larger additional air intake in the left hand corner of the front bumper. Larger brakes with drilled rotors are another clue. Finally, exhaust pipes on both sides serve as a final hint that this is a performance model.

True enough, our spies confirmed that this prototype produced a “deeper sound”. They've also added that it was driving together with other AMG cars and prototypes.

Judging by the upgrades, it seems likely that this is an AMG version, but not quite the AMG A45, as that model is typiclly equipped with even larger brakes and more holes in the front bumper to supply the engine with as much cold air as possible.

Our theory is it is an A43 — a new model to slot between the A250 and AMG A45. The AMG A45 will be positioned against competitors like the Audi RS3 and BMW M2, while this AMG A43 will butt heads with the Audi S3 and BMW M135i. Being the middle child, power output is pegged at around 310-320 hp.

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