Spied! Mercedes-AMG A35 Has Audi S3 In Its Sights

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Testing for the refreshed Mercedes-AMG A35 has begun.

Mercedes-AMG is preparing to launch a new range of electric performance cars starting with the AMG EQS, which debuted at the 2021 Munich Motor Show. But that doesn't mean the performance division has forgotten about its entry-level models. A few months ago, we caught Mercedes testing an A-Class prototype for an upcoming facelift.

Now, two more A-Class prototypes have caught the attention of our spy photographers, and this time they are based on the hot AMG A35 variant. The prototype is based on the European A35 hatchback, but it will spawn a sedan variant for America, where it will take on the Audi S3 Sedan. Sporty styling cues such as a rear diffuser, dual round exhaust tips, a roof spoiler, and larger wheels indicate we're looking at the high-performance AMG A35.

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Compared to the regular A-Class we saw a few months ago, the A35 has slightly less camouflage, giving us a clear look at the rear bumper. Like the standard A-Class, the AMG A35 will be updated with redesigned headlights and a revised front grille and bumper to keep it looking fresh.

Judging from the strip of camouflage covering the rear, the taillights will also be tweaked with new graphics. Inside, the AMG A35 could get a slightly larger touchscreen with the latest MBUX software. As a reminder, the current AMG A35 comes with a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster and a 10.25-inch touchscreen.

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No changes are expected under the hood. This means the Mercedes-AMG A35 will still be powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine producing 302 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, sent to all four wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

We're expecting the refreshed Mercedes-AMG A35 to break cover next year after the regular A-Class facelift, followed by the more potent A45. This could be the last generation of the AMG-powered A-Class as the performance division wants to cut back its entry-level model lineup.

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