302bhp Mercedes-AMG A35 priced from £35,580

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New scorching hatch is the primary in an prolonged vary of extra inexpensive entry-level AMG fashions certain for the UK

The extremely anticipated Mercedes-AMG A35 4Matic has been priced from £35,580 forward of its launch early subsequent 12 months. 

The brand new scorching hatch includes a uniquely tuned turbocharged 2.Zero-litre engine delivering 302bhp in addition to a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, on-demand four-wheel drive and a specifically stiffened physique. It’s out there to order now, with the primary deliveries due in spring 2019. 

The brand new AMG mannequin, revealed at the latest Paris motor present, is positioned between the newest A250 and upcoming second-generation A45 4Matic within the German automotive maker’s efficiency automotive line-up as a rival to the BMW M140i and Audi S3 in addition to a raft of different scorching hatchbacks, together with the Volkswagen Golf R, which prices from £34,910 within the five-door bodystyle with the automated transmission. 

 

 

Conceived to supply larger efficiency potential than the front-wheel-drive A250 however at a worth that sees it pitched some £6000 under that of the £41,230 earlier A45 4Matic within the UK , the A35 4Matic is being launched after robust gross sales of the A45 4Matic and different four-cylinder AMG fashions, together with the CLA45 4Matic, CLA45 Taking pictures Brake 4Matic and GLA45 4Matic.

“The demand for our compact fashions has developed in recent times. This success has inspired us to additional develop our portfolio and place it on a broader footing,” stated Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG.

On the coronary heart of the A35 4Matic is a revised model of Mercedes-Benz’s M260 engine, as utilized by the A250. It’s described by AMG as a brand new improvement, though the brand new four-cylinder unit shares its 83.0mm bore and 92.0mm stroke measurements and design of its die-cast aluminium crankcase with the M133 engine of the A45 4Matic.

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Key engineering attributes of the AMG-tweaked powerplant embody uniquely tuned twin-scroll turbochargers with lowered again stress, reprogrammed Camtronic variable valve management, particular liners that contribute to conically formed cylinders and a bespoke exhaust system with an routinely managed flap that modulates the exhaust observe relying on the driving mode.

With 302bhp at 5800rpm and 295lb ft of torque between 3000 and 4000rpm, the transversely mounted engine delivers 81bhp and 77lb ft, greater than the much less closely tuned model of the M260 unit utilized by the A250 however 74bhp and 55lb ft lower than the extra extremely strung M133 engine utilized by the A45 4Matic.

Of the keener, premium-brand competitors, the rear-wheel-drive M140i’s turbocharged three.Zero-litre in-line six-cylinder engine delivers 335bhp and 369lb ft and the four-wheel-drive Audi S3’s turbocharged 2.Zero-litre four-cylinder presents up 306bhp and 280lb ft. 

Drive is channelled to all 4 wheels by way of a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox that includes AMG’s personal Speedshift software program that’s claimed to supply extra fast shift occasions and extra intuitive upshift and downshift traits than the usual software program package deal, as utilized by the A250.

In addition to providing each guide and computerized modes, the in-house-produced gearbox additionally features a Race Begin operate for improved off-the-line accelerative efficiency in addition to steering-wheel-mounted paddles as commonplace.

Allied to the A35’s gearbox is a closely revised model of the 4Matic four-wheel drive system utilized by the first-generation A45. It boasts variable distribution of drive, from front-wheel drive solely to a 50:50 apportioning to the entrance and rear axles, through an electro-mechanically operated multi-plate clutch built-in into the rear axle meeting.

The driving force is ready to decide on between 5 completely different driving modes through an AMG Dynamic Choose controller, together with Slippery, Consolation, Sport, Sport+ and Particular person. The Slippery mode, a brand new improvement that can be deliberate to seem on the brand new A45 when it’s launched in 2019, is programmed for moist street situations, with lowered energy and torque and earlier upshifts in computerized mode. 

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Additionally new is a so-called ‘gliding’ operate. It permits the motive force to decide on between ‘lowered’ and ‘average’ settings for differing engine braking traits whereas coasting on a trailing throttle inside the Particular person driving mode.

With the Sport+ mode and Race Begin operate engaged, the A35 4Matic is claimed to speed up from zero to 62mph in four.7sec and attain a prime velocity restricted to 155mph. Mixed cycle consumption is put at 38.7mpg, equating to common CO2 emissions of 167g/km on the lately outdated NEDC (New European Driving Cycle). 

This provides the A35 4Matic a slight edge over the M140i and S3, that are claimed to speed up to 62mph in four.8sec and 5.3sec respectively, in outright straight-line efficiency. 

To deal with the added efficiency potential introduced on the A35 4Matic’s new drivetrain, Mercedes-AMG has stiffened the bodyshell of the A-Class hatchback upon which it’s based mostly with the addition of a so-called ‘shear panel’ beneath the engine. The aluminium construction is bolted to the present metal physique shell and, together with two further diagonal braces, is claimed to supply added torsional stiffness to the entrance finish.

The stiffened physique construction helps a MacPherson strut entrance suspension. It makes use of a newly developed aluminium provider and radially bolted steering knuckle that AMG claims reduces the unsprung lots and supplies extra delicate response to the system utilized by the A45 4Matic. The rear suspension is predicated across the four-link system utilized by higher vary A-Class fashions, with three transverse arms and the trailing arm, the wheel provider and bearings shared with these of the A45 4Matic. 

Passive dampers are commonplace, although consumers can possibility the brand new entry-level AMG mannequin with an adaptive damping system that gives three completely different ranges of stiffness. The electro-mechanical steering makes use of variable help and a extra inflexible mounting than the system utilized by different new A-Class fashions. The brakes, in the meantime, use four-piston monoblock callipers and 350mm vented and perforated discs up entrance and single piston calipers and 330mm discs on the rear. 

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The A35 4Matic builds on the sharpened look of the fourth-generation A-Class with a novel grille, extra closely structured entrance bumper, commonplace 18in alloy wheels, wider sills, daring tailgate-mounted spoiler and a brand new rear bumper that includes a distinguished diffuser ingredient bookmarked all sides by blackened spherical tailpipes.

Inside, the usual A-Class inside has been reworked with distinctive upholstery for the seats an AMG steering wheel with touch-pad controls and AMG particular graphics for the digital devices, together with a so-called Supersport mode with a big central spherical rev counter.

Different new options embody AMG Monitor Tempo as a part of the MBUX infotainment system. It completely data knowledge throughout monitor driving, enabling the motive force to analyse a spread of data together with acceleration, braking and lap occasions. 

A sequence of choices packages are supplied on the brand new automotive, together with the £2595 AMG Fashion package deal that provides an aerodynamic bodykit and 19in alloy wheels. 

Following its look on the brand new fourth-generation A-Class hatchback, the brand new 35 badge can be deliberate to grace successor fashions to the CLA, CLA Taking pictures Brake, GLA in addition to the newly unveiled A-Class Saloon and upcoming GLB compact SUV in a transfer that can present a brand new six-model robust entry-level vary for Mercedes-Benz’s efficiency sub-brand. 

Learn extra 

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