The 2019 Mercedes-AMG A 35 4MATIC is revealed as the new opening act for AMG ownership, a 302bhp de-tuned take on the forthcoming AMG A 45.
After some teasing, this is the new Mercedes-AMG A 35 4MATIC, a new entry-level AMG model sitting below the yet to come AMG A 45, arrives with 302bhp and costing from around £35k.
The AMG A 35 is clearly aimed right at the heart of cars like the Volkswagen Golf R and Audi S3, leaving next year’s A 45 to carve out a more powerful niche all of its own.
Looking just as you would expect an AMG version of the latest A-Class to look – yellow paint job included – the A 35 gets a fixed back wing, more bulbous wheel arches, new bumpers, 18″ alloys, bigger air intakes, little black winglets and a sports exhaust.
Under the bonnet of the new A 35 is Mercedes’ 302bhp 2.0 litre twin-scroll turbo four-pot with 4MATIC all-wheel drive and a seven-speed Dual-Clutch gearbox, good for 302bhp and 0-62mph in 4.7 seconds.
There are five driving modes on offer, Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual, which do what they say on the tin, and there’s also a new AMG Dynamics programme which makes use of the back brakes on the inside wheel to aid agility.
The suspension on the A 35 gets McPherson struts at the front and multi-link at the back, with a bolted aluminium plate under the engine and additional diagonal braces for added stiffness.
Inside the A 35 is what you’d expect, with the very good new A-Class cabin plus AMG titivations including microfibre and pretend leather, AMG instrument cluster and flat-bottomed steering wheel, Mercedes’ latest MUBX Infotainment and an (optional) AMG Track Pace function.
The new AMG A 35 will get its public debut in a couple of weeks at the Paris Motor Show, go on sale in October and arrive in the UK in early 2019.