Mercedes-AMG A 35 intermediate hot hatch officially previewed

September 17, 2018

This is the first official confirmation we’ve received that the will be a Mercedes-AMG A 35 performance hatch joining the lineup very soon. A bunch of teaser images have been released to help build excitement.

We first saw the idea of the A 35 AMG performance model during prototype testing at the Nurburgring earlier this year. Prototypes were spotted and they weren’t quite as crazy and loud as the A 45, but still very sporty and appeared to be undeniably quick.

As far as we know the A 35 will come in to bridge the gap in the new A-Class lineup between the top A 250 model, which uses a 165kW 2.0-litre turbo, and the flagship A 45 AMG and its 280kW 2.0-litre turbo (outgoing spec). It’s set to be a product of AMG and not simply an AMG Sport enhancement pack.

Power will reportedly come from a 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder that produces around 220kW. At this level of power it will have its sights set on the Audi S3 (213kW), and even the Volkswagen Golf R to some degree. Point-to-point performance is expected to be thrilling thanks to a range of sporty enhancements from AMG.

We’re talking about dedicated sports suspension potentially with adaptive dampers (at least as an option), big brakes, and a discreet bodykit with exclusive alloy wheels to help separate it from the rest of the range. Passengers are likely to be greeted with bucket-style seats, with a sports steering wheel and pedals for the driver, as well as a unique digital instrument cluster display.

In these teaser images handed out recently we’re given a sneak peek at the headlight and front end design, confirming a black 3D grille with dual crossbars, while a shot of the rear shows a dark-yet-clear view of the all-new A 35 badge.

According to reports the new model will go on sale later this year, following a public unveiling at the Paris motor show early in October. Australian details are yet to be confirmed.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.