The brand new AMG mannequin is positioned between the most recent A250 and upcoming second-generation A45 4Matic
New sizzling hatchback is the primary in an prolonged vary of extra inexpensive entry-level AMG fashions sure for the UK
The highly-anticipated Mercedes-AMG A35 4Matic will function a uniquely-tuned turbocharged 2.Zero-litre engine delivering 302bhp in addition to a seven-speed twin clutch gearbox, on-demand four-wheel drive and a specifically stiffened physique when it goes on sale within the UK later this yr.
The brand new AMG mannequin, deliberate to make its public debut on the Paris motor present in early October, is positioned between the most recent 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 sizzling hatchbacks, together with the Volkswagen Golf R.
Conceived to supply better efficiency potential than the front-wheel drive A250 however at a value that's anticipated to see it pitched some £6,000 under that of the £41,230 A45 4Matic within the UK at round £35,000, the launch of the A35 4Matic comes after sturdy 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 broaden our portfolio and place it on a broader footing," says 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.
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 notice 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 extra keener premium model competitors, the rear-wheel drive M140i’s turbocharged three.Zero-litre in-line six-cylinder engine delivers 335bhp and 369lb ft whereas the four-wheel drive Audi S3’s turbocharged 2.Zero-litre four-cylinder gives up 306bhp and 280lb ft.
Drive is channelled to all 4 wheels by way of a seven-speed twin 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 automated modes, the in-house produced gearbox additionally features a Race Begin perform for improved off-the-line accelerative efficiency in addition to steering wheel mounted paddles as normal.
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 motive force is in a position 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 also 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 automated mode.
Additionally new is a so-called “gliding” perform. It permits the motive force to decide on between “lowered and “average” settings for differing engine braking traits whereas coasting on a trailing throttle throughout the Particular person driving mode.
With the Sport+ mode and Race Begin perform engaged, the A35 4Matic is claimed to speed up from Zero-to-62mph in four.7sec and attain a prime pace restricted to 155mph. Mixed cycle consumption is put at 38.7mpg, equating to common CO2 emissions of 167g/km on the lately outmoded 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 prevailing 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 service and radially bolted steering knuckle that AMG claims reduces the unsprung plenty and offers 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 service and bearings shared with these of the A45 4Matic.
Passive dampers are normal, although patrons 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 callipers and 330mm discs on the rear.
The A35 4Matic builds on the sharpened look of the fourth-generation A-class with a novel grille, extra closely structured entrance bumper, normal 18-inch alloy wheels, wider sills, daring tailgate-mounted spoiler and a brand new rear bumper that includes a distinguished diffuser aspect 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 information information throughout observe driving, enabling the motive force to analyse a spread of data together with acceleration, braking and lap occasions.
Following its look on the brand new fourth-generation A-class hatchback, the brand new 35 badge can also 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 may present a brand new six-model sturdy entry-level vary for Mercedes-Benz’s efficiency sub-brand.
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