Many expected the second-gen Mercedes-AMG A45 to premiere at last month’s Geneva Motor Show but, unfortunately, that didn’t happen. Still, the German automaker is building up interest for its upcoming uber hatch with new images that depict the car undergoing winter testing.
These pictures were captured in Sweden’s Lapland and show a pair of A45s sliding through the snow while wearing colorful camouflage wraps. Our own spy photographers have come across these bright prototypes in the past, while Mercedes has already released a video at the same location – and while many of their parts are hidden under the eye-catching wraps, some key design aspects are visible.
For starters, it’s worth noting that the new Mercedes-AMG A45 won’t be much more aggressive than the A35. In fact, it will share many styling traits with its less-powerful sibling; these A45s even appear to have the same roof-mounted rear wing as the A35. Unlike the latter, though, the A45 does receive a bespoke rear diffuser and features four tailpipes rather than two.
Camouflage makes it difficult to pick up on some of the styling elements at the front end, but we know that the hot hatchback will feature AMG’s Panamericana front grille, something the A35 missed out on. The hot hatchback will also feature large air intakes and should be offered with aerodynamic canards similar to those on the previous-gen model.
Powering the new A45, that will come with all-wheel drive as standard, will be a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. It will, reportedly, be offered in two versions: a 383 hp one for the base model, and 416 hp for the range-topping S.