Starting under the hood, the hatchback has a new turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 301 hp (225 kW / 306 PS) and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) of torque. It is connected to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and a performance-oriented all-wheel drive system. This setup enables the car to accelerate from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 4.7 seconds before hitting a limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).
Being a proper AMG model means the performance upgrades extend beyond the engine compartment. In particular, the A35 has been equipped with additional braces and an aluminum plate to increase torsional stiffness up front.
Elsewhere, engineers installed an AMG Ride Control suspension which uses lightweight aluminum components, an AMG-specific front steering knuckle and a handful of goodies lifted from the A45. Customers will also have the option of ordering an Adaptive Damping System with three different modes.
Since the model can get to high speeds relatively quickly, the A35 has been outfitted with a high-performance braking system that features four-piston fixed calipers and 13.7-inch (350mm) discs up front. Out back, there’s single piston calipers with 13-inch (330mm) discs.
Other performance changes include a sports steering system, an AMG exhaust and an assortment of special settings including a new “Slippery” mode for the AMG Dynamic Select System.
A previewed by leaked images, the A35 has a lot in common with the A-Class’ AMG Line variant. However, the mid-performance model has a unique grille, flics and a front splitter. The car has also been equipped with a sportier rear bumper and a large spoiler. Other special touches include a new diffuser and 18-inch lightweight alloy wheels.
Moving into the cabin, drivers will find a flat-bottomed steering wheel, microfiber accents and red contrast stitching. There will also be an assortment of AMG-specific settings and options for the digital instrument cluster and infotainment system.
The Mercedes-AMG A35 4MATIC will be debut at the Paris Motor Show on October 2nd and sales will begin later that month.