The next-generation Mercedes-AMG A45 has been spied testing for the very first time and to say it has a lot to live up to would be an understatement.
The outgoing A45 pushed the hot hatch industry to places it’d never been before and while the prototype pictured retains largely the same shape, modifications to the car will be extensive.
For starters, the new A-Class and A45 will use a revised version of Mercedes’ MFA platform, developed in partnership with Renault. Additionally, the updated car will receive styling inspired by the Concept A Sedan, particularly with the sharper and narrow headlights visible on this prototype.
Like the current car, power for the 2018 or 2019 model year A45 will come from a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. However, grunt should reach new heights and a touch over 400 hp seems inevitable.
A global premiere should happen early or mid-next year.
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