Baby driver? Here’s a new and super-hot tot on the block

  • New model opens ‘world of driving performance’
  • AMG thinks even smaller for bigger performance
  • Turbo engine, 225kW / 400Nm at your command
MERCEDES-BENZ AMG A35: Turbo hatch, luxury equipment, and the latest in suspension features. Image: Mercedes AMG
MERCEDES-BENZ AMG A35: Turbo power, luxury equipment, and the latest in suspension features. Image: Mercedes AMG

AFFALTERBACH, Germany – Mercedes-AMG says it has created a new entry-level A35 AMG built for driving performance yet based on the new Mercedes front-wheel drive platform.

It’s powered by a new two-litre, four-cylinder, turbo engine capable of 225kW and fitted with a new shell as well as new suspension, all-wheel drive transmission and driving programs – and fine-tuned.

”Every detail,” Mercedes-AMG says, ”has been designed for maximum driving dynamics without compromising everyday comfort. The performance at sport-car level – 0-100km/h in 4.7sec! – and the specific design strengthen its identity as a member of the performance family.

MERCEDES-BENZ AMG A35: Turbo hatch, luxury equipment, and the latest in suspension features. Image: Mercedes AMG
MERCEDES-BENZ AMG A35: Turbo power, luxury equipment, and the latest in suspension features. Image: Mercedes AMG

”It’s a true AMG.”

The A45 introduced in 2012, Merc says, was presented as ”a benchmark in the compact segment”. Since then, however, demand for its compact cars had developed dynamically.

AMG IN EVERY DETAIL

Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG, told The Corner: ”This success has encouraged us to further expand our portfolio. This A35 fulfils our brand promise of driving performance in every detail and thrilling lateral dynamics.

”Right from the start it was developed with the then future A45 4Matic to make possible the injection of  AMG DNA into every relevant detail. The result can certainly be experienced by the driver in the form of authentic driving performance.”

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The new two-litre turbo engine is based on the M260 four-cylinder in the new A-Class but, with 400Nm from 3000rpm on tap, is said to have ”a supremely lively response and an emotional engine sound”.

MERCEDES-BENZ AMG A35: Turbo hatch, luxury equipment, and the latest in suspension features. Image: Mercedes AMG
MERCEDES-BENZ AMG A35: Turbo power, luxury equipment, and the latest in suspension features. Image: Mercedes AMG

A twin-scroll turbocharger is used though with two parallel ducts with two exhaust ducts which can channel the exhaust gases separately on the turbine wheel.

SPEEDSHIFT DUAL-CLUTCH

This is part of a design to minimise the mutually adverse effects of individual cylinders, reduce back-pressure, and thus improve gas exchange and engine efficiency.

The car carries an AMG Speedshift dual-clutch seven-speed transmission and the car has a standard ‘race start’ function. Steering-wheel paddle-shifters are included.

All-wheel drive is also standard with infinitely variable torque distribution that ranges from front-wheels drive only to a 50:50 front/rear split.

SELECT YOUR DRIVE MODE

A multi-disc, electro-mechanical, clutch in the rear-axle transmission is responsible for variable front/rear torque distribution. It balances not only road speed, lateral and longitudinal acceleration, and steering angle, but also the difference in rotational speed of each wheel while factoring in gear selection and accelerator pressure.

MERCEDES-BENZ AMG A35: Turbo hatch, luxury equipment, and the latest in suspension features. Image: Mercedes AMG
MERCEDES-BENZ AMG A35: Turbo power, luxury equipment, and the latest in suspension features. Image: Mercedes AMG

‘Comfort’ or ‘Sport’ mode can be manually selected or chosen by the 4Matic system. There are, however, five driving programs: Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual.

SELF-ADAPTING SHOCKERS

Each is self-explanatory except for ‘Individual’, This mode allows the driver to be involved with choices of individual preference at any time.

An option is self-adapting shock-absorbers – three modes from ‘comfort’ to ‘sporty’ or automatic.

The brakes Mercedes-AMG rates as ”high-performance. Up front are new four-piston Monoblock fixed callipers and 350mm brake discs, behind are single-piston sliding callipers and 330mm discs. Each disc is internally ventilated and perforated to dissipate heat and prevent brake fade.

MERCEDES-BENZ AMG A35: Turbo hatch, luxury equipment, and the latest in suspension features. Image: Mercedes AMG
MERCEDES-BENZ AMG A35: Turbo power, luxury equipment, and the latest in suspension features. Image: Mercedes AMG

The car will announce itself with flaps for ”sound modulation”, self-adjusting to the selected drive program;

Which brings us to looks – very important on a smaller car…

The nose has the AMG Line apron and air intakes, a splitter and silver chromed trim on the louvres. Aerodynamically optimised 18” alloy, twin-spoked, wheel rims along with    AMG Line sills define the profile and the tailis, AMG says, ”dominated by the rear apron with a new diffuser insert, the spoiler lip on the roof, and the two round tailpipe trims.

The cabin of the A35 4Matic includes faux leather upholstery defined with black microfibre cloth outlined with red stitching.

MERCEDES-BENZ AMG A35: Turbo hatch, luxury equipment, and the latest in suspension features. Image: Mercedes AMG
MERCEDES-BENZ AMG A35: Turbo power, luxury equipment, and the latest in suspension features. Image: Mercedes AMG

Buyers can choose from three AMG instrument layouts; Supersport is said to be ”particularly striking” with a central, round tachometer and supplementary information displayed by bars. The driver can selected an artificial horizon and call up special displays: Warm-up, Set-up, G-Force and Engine Data.

The multimedia display can be vocally or normally adjusted but whichever, it looks good with piano black finishes… and the steering-wheel is almost a work of art: its rim has the now requisite flat bottom (when in straight-ahead position), perforated leather in the grip areas and red contrasting stitching.

Galvanised gearshift paddles are embedded – though the wheel can be equipped with extra features: a round controller with a display beneath the right steering-wheel spoke, plus two vertically positioned colour display buttons with switches beneath the leftspoke.

AMG Track Pace data logging is also available (not in the UK), some of its data shown on 2D or 3D on the multimedia display or (optional), head-up display.

The new Mercedes-AMG A35 4Matic will have its world premiere at the October 2018 auto show and the first countries to get the cars will have them in the same month.

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