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Mercedes-AMG working on ‘softcore’ A 45, CLA 45, GLA 45

Mercedes-AMG’s two-tiered approach has spread across the lineup, where 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 ’63’-badged models co-exist alongside slightly tamer twin-turbo V6 engined ’43’ models. This philosophy is soon set to trickle down to the GLA and CLA AMG models.

The double-whammy approach looks like it will be tried on the next-gen A-Class too, the top model of which is said to swell to 300kW – up from today’s 265kW output that sees it sprint to 100km/h in 4.2 seconds. Rival Audi RS 3 manages 294kW.

An intermediate model beneath that would lineup against Golf R and Honda Civic Type R, with around 220kW, according to head of Mercedes-AMG Tobias Moers, speaking with Auto Express recently.

These two models will complement an all-new range of 1.2-litre and 1.4-litre turbocharged engines, co-developed with Nissan to replace today’s 1.6-litre opener.

The all-new Mercedes-Benz A-Class and AMG variants are expected in 2018, before arch-rival BMW unveils its first front-wheel drive 1 Series on the UKL platform. This means every contender in the class will be front-wheel or all-wheel drive, unless the rumoured rear-drive Alfa Romeo Giulietta comes to fruition. Stay tuned for more on this as it comes to hand.

Mitchell is a contributing journalist and features writer at PerformanceDrive. He has been a passionate petrol-head from a very young age. He is excited by the future of the industry, and considers himself as a bit of a fanatic when it comes to the technical aspects of cars. He is also fascinated by new cars that are popping up in developing markets.