Don't worry, America will get a sedan equivalent.
Mercedes-AMG is spicing up the new A-Class range with the introduction of the A35 4MATIC. Under the hood, the new entry-level hot hatch is powered by a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo engine that sends 306 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission linked to a 4Matic fully variable all-wheel-drive system.
Mercedes says this setup enables the A35 to rocket from 0-62 mph in 4.7 seconds and top out at an electronically limited 155 mph. This extra power is backed up with 350-mm front and 330-mm rear disc brakes, which are ventilated and perforated and feature silver brake calipers with black “AMG” lettering.
As well as featuring a more powerful engine and beefier brakes, the A35's bodyshell has been tweaked to boost torsional stiffness at the front. Elsewhere, the hot hatch features AMG Ride Control suspension, which uses lightweight aluminum components and an AMG-specific front steering knuckle.
Other performance upgrades include a sports steering system, an AMG exhaust and a new “Slippery” driving mode that adapts the car for slippery conditions by reducing power and offering a flat torque curve to increase stability. It also changes gears smoother, upshifts earlier, and activates the ECO start/stop system.
Compared to the regular A-Class, the new A35 looks more aggressive thanks to its unique grille, aero flics and a large rear spoiler. The diffuser is flanked by two round exhaust tips and the car rides on 18-inch lightweight alloy wheels. The Mercedes-AMG A35 will debut at the Paris Auto Show next month before European customer deliveries commence in January 2019.
While the hot hatch won’t be available in America, an A35 based on the new A-Class Sedan will eventually go on sale for US customers.