Since we last saw it testing, the 2019 Mercedes-AMG A45 has lost most of its camouflage. However, it still keeps the vinyl wraps on the important parts of the exterior, which in this case are the entire front end, the side skirts and rear diffuser.
Still, as hard as Mercedes may be trying to keep its design a secret, it’s quite hard to cover off that giant Panamericana grille. Also, the prototype seen here testing on the streets of Germany, has larger bumpers, quad exhaust pipes, a lowered ground clearance and several high-end options, including a moonroof.
All of these (bar the moonroof, of course) betray its true identity. The all-new AMG A45 (or is it gonna be labelled the A50?) is expected to arrive later this year to do battle with the Audi RS3 Sportback.
Underpinned by the same platform as the latest-gen A-Class, the new Mercedes-AMG A45 will be powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. Just like the rest of the car, the lump is said to be brand new, not a carry over from the previous A45, and will reportedly deliver in excess of 400 horsepower to both axles.
Performance details, such as its 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) sprint are understandably unknown, but it will definitely slash a few tenths off the current model’s 4.2sec. In stock form, the hyper hatch will probably reach an electronically limited top speed of 250km/h (155mph), which will be increased with the optional AMG Driver’s package.