Mercedes-AMG A35 Drops Some Camo As It Prepares To Battle The Audi S3

The 2019 Mercedes-AMG A35 has been spied wearing less camouflage than ever before.

Caught undergoing cold weather testing, the high-performance hatchback follows in the footsteps of the standard model and has a “predator” front fascia that closely resembles the CLS. There doesn’t appear to be any major styling changes up front but the model has been equipped with a single bar mesh grille which will undoubtedly feature AMG badging.

More drastic changes occur further back as the A35 has been equipped with a high-performance braking system which is partially covered by generic-looking wheels. The hatchback also appears to have unique side skirts, a sportier rear bumper and a dual exhaust system with circular tips.

The A35 will slot in between the mainstream model and bonkers A45. Reports have suggested the car will come with the same powertrain that resides the 2018 E350 coupe and convertible. They have a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and EQ Boost technology which enables them to produce 299 PS (220 kW) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque.

If the rumors pan out, the A35 will be significantly more powerful than the A250 which has a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder developing 224 PS (165 kW) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque. That particular model accelerates from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 6.2 seconds so the A35 should be significantly quicker.

Of course, the car’s key competitor will be the Audi S3 Sportback which has a 2.0-liter TFSI four-cylinder engine producing 310 PS (228 kW) and 380 Nm (280 lb-ft) of torque. It enables the hatchback to run from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 5.3 seconds before hitting a limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).

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  • salamOOn

    those tail lights looks sooooo 2D….

    • Jay

      Looks like the recent Hyundai style of lights.

  • AxlRock

    What’s the need for putting the AMG badge on small displacement engines? A35.. Really? What’s next – The A25 and A20 AMGs?

    • Miknik

      ANd I guess the A20 AMG would actually be a 1.0 3 cyliner 😉

  • SteersUright

    All the appeal of a very fast mini-van.

  • StrangerGP

    I don’t know if lowering the numbers on the AMG models will help in selling them. The numbers themselves are pretty meaningless anyway.

    • Timothy Gough

      Actually, the figures say it will. They’ve been selling loads of these AMG performance cars. For some reason, a lot of buyers go for them as they either feel they aren’t ready for, or cant afford, the real AMG.

  • Kagan

    It won’t have less hp and torque than s3.

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