Mercedes-Benz has revealed the new A 35 4Matic, the performance variant of the 4th generation A-Class, making it an entry-level model in the Mercedes-AMG portfolio.
In order to differentiate from the regular A-Class, there are some obligatory changes to the exterior. To begin with, the grille has twin louvers and the bumper gets an additional splitter and louvers too. At the rear, there’s a large wing (which is probably not to everyone’s tastes), a new diffuser and two round tailpipes. Rounding off the looks are side sills and aerodynamically optimized 18-inch light-alloy wheels in a twin-spoke design.
The regular A-Class’ interiors are already sporty enough, but it has to be made even more special as this is an A 35. Which is why there is an AMG steering wheel, three AMG display styles for the instrument cluster, AMG seats with body-hugging bolsters, Artico man-made leather upholstery, and more.
The “entry-level model in the world of driving performance” is powered by a 2.0-litre (1,991 cc) 4-cylinder twin-scroll turbocharged petrol engine which produces 306 hp between 5,800-6,100 rpm and 400 Nm of torque between 3,000-4,000 rpm. An AMG Speedshift 7G dual-clutch automatic transmission sends power to all four wheels via a fully variable 4Matic system. The hot hatch is claimed to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 4.7 seconds and on to a top speed of 250 km/h (electronically limited).
Buyers can opt for AMG Ride Control suspension and Adaptive Damping System that comes with three modes. As for the braking, the front axle is fitted with 350 mm discs with 4-piston Monoblock fixed calipers, while the rear axle has 330 mm discs with 1-piston sliding calipers.
AMG exhaust system is standard as well. It comes with exhaust flaps where the sound is modulated from balanced to powerful, depending on the selected drive program. Speaking of which, there are “Slippery”, “Comfort”, “Sport”, “Sport+” and “Individual” modes.
Mercedes said that the front section of the bodyshell has been strengthened for a precise turn-in ability and the toe and camber stability, even when driving at speed. A so-called “shear panel” – a bolted aluminium plate under the engine, increases the torsional stiffness of the front section. There are two additional diagonal braces at the front of the underbody.
The new Mercedes-AMG A 35 4Matic will celebrate its world premiere at the 2018 Paris Motor Show in October.