Mercedes has opened the order books for AMG’s new entry-level model, the A35 4Matic. First deliveries are expected in spring 2019.
The new Audi S3 rival -and hottest version of the A-Class until the A45 shows up– features a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 301hp (306PS) and 295lb-ft (400Nm) of torque, paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.
Straight-line performance is rather strong, with Mercedes-AMG claiming a 0-62mph (100km/h) in 4.7 seconds, while top speed is limited to 155mph (250km/h).
And since this is a proper AMG model, the chassis has been reinforced with additional bracing and an aluminum plate underneath the engine to make it stiffer up front. In addition, there’s an AMG-specific front steering knuckle and AMG’s Ride Control adaptive suspension, the latter being offered as an option.
The all-wheel drive system is a revised version of the previous A45 AMG, offering a variable torque distribution between the axles between 100:0 and 50:50 front to rear. The engine features a model-specific twin-scroll turbocharger, retuned variable valve control and a unique active exhaust system, among other features.
All Mercedes-AMG A35s will feature the latest MBUX infotainment system with ‘Hey Mercedes’ voice activation and dual seven-inch displays as standard. A set of 18-inch AMG alloy wheels, Nappa leather steering wheel, Dynamic Select with five driving modes, two-zone climate control and Keyless Go are also part of the standard equipment.
Mercedes will also offer the AMG Executive equipment line as a £1,395 option, which adds a bigger 10.25-inch infotainment display, heated front seats, parking assist, leather upholstery and electrically folding door mirrors.
Building on the Executive line, the AMG Premium package costs £2,395 and adds a bigger 10.25-inch display for the driver’s gauges, ambient lighting, illuminated door sills, a better audio system and a rear armrest, among other.
Finally, there’s the Premium Plus package, which for £3,895 and in conjunction with the Executive, Premium or Premium Plus packages adds a Burmester surround sound system, electrically adjusted front seats, Multibeam LED headlights and a panoramic sunroof.
Pricing for the 2019 Mercedes-AMG A35 4Matic starts from £35,580 in the UK, making it just £670 more expensive than a VW Golf R fitted with a DSG tranmission.