300bhp Mercedes-AMG A35 previewed before Paris debut

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  • Mercedes-AMG A35 to face Golf R with 300bhp

    Mercedes-AMG will launch a new entry-level model called the A35 in early 2019…

  • Mercedes-AMG A35 to face Golf R with 300bhp

    …it’ll do battle with the Volkswagen Golf R

  • Mercedes-AMG A35 to face Golf R with 300bhp

    And use a newly developed 2.0-litre engine

  • Mercedes-AMG A35 to face Golf R with 300bhp

    It will become Affalterbach’s cheapest model…

  • Mercedes-AMG A35 to face Golf R with 300bhp

    …with an anticipated starting price of around £35,000

  • Mercedes-AMG A35 to face Golf R with 300bhp

    The A35 will use an extensively reworked version of the A45’s turbocharged four-cylinder unit…

  • Mercedes-AMG A35 to face Golf R with 300bhp

    …itself an evolution of the M270 motor used by the freshly launched new A-Class

  • Mercedes-AMG A35 to face Golf R with 300bhp

    Although the cylinder bore and stroke will remain unchanged in the A35…

  • Mercedes-AMG A35 to face Golf R with 300bhp

    …it will use different pistons and feature bespoke software

  • Mercedes-AMG A35 to face Golf R with 300bhp

    Performance will be comparable with the Golf R

  • Mercedes-AMG A35 to face Golf R with 300bhp

    The next A45 is predicted to slip beneath the 4.0sec mark for its 0-62mph time…

  • Mercedes-AMG A35 to face Golf R with 300bhp

    …suggesting the A35 will be set for a 4.5sec sprint time

  • Mercedes-AMG A35 to face Golf R with 300bhp

    Spotted test cars suggest the visual differences between the A35 and A45 will be small…

  • Mercedes-AMG A35 to face Golf R with 300bhp

    …although a clear signal as to what performance is on offer will come with the tailpipes

  • Mercedes-AMG A35 to face Golf R with 300bhp

    The A45 will get a quad exit set-up, while the A35 will have a twin-pipe system

  • Mercedes-AMG A35 to face Golf R with 300bhp

    It’s likely that the A35 will be offered with adjustable damping, like its more hardcore sibling…

  • Mercedes-AMG A35 to face Golf R with 300bhp

    …but AMG could choose to provide the car with slightly less aggressive rebound rates

  • Mercedes-AMG A35 to face Golf R with 300bhp

    Such a variation in character and ability would be necessary…

  • Mercedes-AMG A35 to face Golf R with 300bhp

    …to ensure the A35 carves out its own space

  • Mercedes-AMG A35 to face Golf R with 300bhp

    Autocar understands the Paris motor show in October is a likely venue for the A35’s reveal

  • Mercedes-AMG A35 to face Golf R with 300bhp
  • Mercedes-AMG A35 to face Golf R with 300bhp
  • Mercedes-AMG A35 to face Golf R with 300bhp
  • Mercedes-AMG A35 to face Golf R with 300bhp
  • Mercedes-AMG A35 to face Golf R with 300bhp
  • Mercedes-AMG A35 to face Golf R with 300bhp
  • Mercedes-AMG A35 to face Golf R with 300bhp
  • Mercedes-AMG A35 to face Golf R with 300bhp
  • Mercedes-AMG A35 to face Golf R with 300bhp
  • Mercedes-AMG A35 to face Golf R with 300bhp
  • Mercedes-AMG A35 to face Golf R with 300bhp
  • Mercedes-AMG A35 to face Golf R with 300bhp
  • Mercedes-AMG A35 to face Golf R with 300bhp
  • Mercedes-AMG A35 to face Golf R with 300bhp
  • Mercedes-AMG A35 to face Golf R with 300bhp
  • Mercedes-AMG A35 to face Golf R with 300bhp
  • Mercedes-AMG A35 to face Golf R with 300bhp
  • Mercedes-AMG A35 to face Golf R with 300bhp
  • Mercedes-AMG A35 to face Golf R with 300bhp
  • Mercedes-AMG A35 to face Golf R with 300bhp

Mercedes-AMG will be heading to the Paris motor show with the hottest version of the new A-Class yet: the A35. New close-up images preview it ahead of the official debut.

Set to arrive before the full-fat A45 in early 2019, the detuned A35, set to develop around 300bhp, will bring a taste of AMG at a lower price point to allow it to compete with cars such as the Volkswagen Golf R and BMW M140i.

Previously seen testing at speed the Nürburgring in videos, the five-door model will undercut the next-generation A45 to become AMG’s cheapest model, with an anticipated starting price of around £35,000. 

The A35 will be powered by an extensively reworked version of the A45’s turbocharged four-cylinder M260 engine. This itself is an evolution of the freshly launched new A-Class’s M270 unit, which features a new crankcase and cylinder head. Although the cylinder bore and stroke will remain unchanged in the A35’s unit, it will have different pistons and bespoke software in order to give it performance slightly above that of the 296bhp Golf R.

The new A45’s 0-62mph time is predicted to slip beneath the 4.0sec mark, suggesting the A35 will be set for a 4.5sec sprint time. That would rank the four-wheel-drive model directly alongside the Golf R, which is as quick off the line as some proper sports cars, such as the Porsche 718 Cayman S.

Spotted test cars suggest the visual differences between the A35 and A45 will be small, although a clear signal as to what performance is on offer will come from the tailpipes. The A45 will get a quad exit set-up, while the A35 will have a twin-pipe system. This mimics a system of tailpipe variety employed by AMG’s C43 and recently launched CLS 53 and E53 models.

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It’s likely that the A35 will be offered with adjustable damping, like its more hardcore sibling, but AMG could choose to provide it with slightly less aggressive rebound rates to give the A45 an advantage in the corners as well as the straights.

Such a variation in character and ability would be necessary to ensure the A35 carves out its own space within the tightly congested performance hatch segment. The A35 will rival the Golf R, Audi S3 and, as scooped by Autocar, future BMW M130iX M Performance, leaving the A250, the most potent model in the regular A-Class range, to face the Volkswagen Golf GTI. The A45 will remain top of the pile and continue to do battle with the Audi RS3; it’s set to arrive in the middle of 2019.

 

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oop north

Austin A35

You’re probably all too young to remember but I cannot hear A35 without inserting the word Austin in front of it

Rich boy spanners

oop north wrote:

You’re probably all too young to remember but I cannot hear A35 without inserting the word Austin in front of it

That Austin thought is fitting because the A class Merc looks like an updated Allegro to me.

Peter Cavellini

A40 was better?!

 Austin A40, Jowett Javelin Humber super snipe Wolsey Westminster,all old Cars when I was young, going to say the same in fifty years about today’s Cars,but, which will be talked about the most…?

Peter Cavellini.

BradP

Hehehehe

The A35 (or Austin A35 to some) is a fovourite hatchback for me. The have mastered most elements and you could drive knockhill with a pint of beer in one hand and beat lewis hamilton (almost)

madmac

Ausitn

Exactly my thought! My dad had one, white with red seats, newer and smaller than the preceding Somerset, soon replaced by an A55 as me and my twin brother grew too big!

Madmac

madmac

Grammar! I and my twin

Grammar! I and my twin brother!

Madmac

Peter Cavellini

What next….?

 Would it be to much to ask for Hothatch that is totally different looking from the others?!

Peter Cavellini.

BradP

Peter Cavellini wrote:

 Would it be to much to ask for Hothatch that is totally different looking from the others?!

True…there is not a lot of imagination…they could ask rolls royce for advice 🙂

405line

Uncertain..

Whether to laugh or cry at this “Audi copy-cating power struggle 4WD sector”.

AddyT

405line wrote:

Whether to laugh or cry at this “Audi copy-cating power struggle 4WD sector”.

Sarcastically laugh. Merc desperate to get in on the act, playing catch up, and cover absolutely all bases in this sector. 

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