Mercedes unveils sporty new ‘entry-level’ AMG A-Class

Mercedes-AMG has pulled the wraps off its latest creation – the sporty new A35 4Matic – which will serve as the performance brand’s entry-level model.

Designed to sit in the range between the A250 petrol and the upcoming Mercedes-AMG A45, the A35 delivers 302bhp – putting in direct competition on par in terms of performance with the Volkswagen Golf R and Audi S3.

It’s the first time the A35 nameplate has been used, and it’s powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol unit, paired to dual-clutch seven-speed automatic gearbox, which is capable of a 0-60mph sprint in just 4.5 seconds and onto an electronically limited top speed of 155mph.

Mercedes has said it was developed alongside the future A45, and as you might have guessed by the ‘4Matic’ in its name, the new car is all-wheel-drive.

It’s been heavily tuned by the wizards at AMG, with revised suspension, transmission and different driving programs – including ‘Slippery’, ‘Sport+’ and ‘Individual’ modes.

But elsewhere, it keeps the A-Class’s fantastic techy interior – dominated by two large touchscreens, although with more of a performance twist on them. You still get the MBUX infotainment system, which can be operated through the command ‘Hey Mercedes’.

Other standard features include 18-inch alloy wheels, an AMG exhaust system, part-leather, part-microfibre seats, and an AMG steering wheel with built-in touch function.

Sporty touches – such as a front splitter, chrome trim and gloss black winglets at the front, and a large wing, diffuser and dual tailpipes at the rear – help to set it apart from the standard A-Class.

Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG, said: “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 A45.”

The A35 4Matic will be officially unveiled at the Paris Motor Show on October 2, while UK prices are expected to be announced nearer the car’s launch at the start of 2019.

Ted Welford


September 19, 2018

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