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Merc AMG A 35 4Matic: Small is beautiful – and fast

  • Merc thinks small – but does superhot
  • Two-litre AMG engine makes, er, read on…
  • …and the limiter comes in at 250km/h
2018 MERCEDES-AMG A35 : Image: Mercedes-AMG
2018 MERCEDES-AMG A35 : Image: Mercedes-AMG

AFFALTERBACH, Germany – The new Mercedes-AMG A 35 4Matic (combined fuel consumption about 7.4-7.3 litres/100 km; combined CO2 emissions 169-167 g/km) is now available for order in Europe.

The heart of the ”entry-level” AMG is a new two-litre, four-cylinder, turbo engine capable of 225kW / 400Nm  and spinning an AMG Speedshift seven-speed dual-clutch transmission on the way to AMG Performance all-wheel drive.

2018 MERCEDES-AMG A35 : Image: Mercedes-AMG
2018 MERCEDES-AMG A35 : Image: Mercedes-AMG

Combined fuel consumption is listed as 7.4 litres/100km and CO2 emissions as about 170g/km.

BIG-CAR POWER

A (limited) Edition 1 with what AMG describes as ”progressive exterior and interior design elements” promises ”even more individuality” and will be available immediately for 18 months at 47 528 euro, the Edition 1 at 55 364 euro, with deliveries in time for Christmas.

”The A 35 4Matic,” Mercedes adds, ”expands the AMG model range as an attractive entry model but is capable of 4.7sec 0-100km/h and an electronically limited (AMG-speak for you can have it turned off…) 250km/h  to meet requests for high driving-dynamics in the compact segment.

”The standard all-wheel drive can vary torque anywhere from full front-wheel drive to a 50:50 ratio for the best-possible traction and tremendous driving fun vehicle characteristics ,from comfortable to dynamic, with five drive modes.”

2018 MERCEDES-AMG A35: Image: Mercedes-AMG
2018 MERCEDES-AMG A35: Image: Mercedes-AMG

There’s an AMG-specific radiator grille, front splitter, chromed trim elements, (optional) 19” wheel rims and AMG sills.

The cabin has a new multimedia system and a ‘Supersport’ style with central round tachometer and 3D indicator bars for, AMG says, ” a decidedly emotionally appealing visualisation of the driving information on the widescreen display”.

OPTIONAL AERO KIT

The centre centre console has a touchpad and additional switches for operating ESP, manual transmission mode, and adjustable damping and an AMG aero package developed in a wind tunnel is said to improve high-speed handling.

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The apron, with a larger front splitter and additional high-gloss flics, as well as the fixed AMG rear aerofoil, increase the downforce and lateral spoilers around the visual air outlets of the rear apron and the diffuser blade also have a gloss-black finish.

2018 MERCEDES-AMG A35: Image: Mercedes-AMG
2018 MERCEDES-AMG A35: Image: Mercedes-AMG

Another option is an AMG ‘Night Package’ which is said ”to underscore the expressive vehicle character with striking black design elements, an effect boosted by heat-insulating, dark-tinted, glass behind the B-pillar.

EDITION 1 – MORE INDIVIDUALITY

”The Edition 1,” AMG says, ”provides additional exclusivity and dynamics from launch: inside and out, it compels with choice details and is limited to 18 months. The equipment features include the AMG aero and night packages.

”The denim blue paint finish and the ‘tech gold’ accents on the exgternal mirror housings and the lower-door sections produce an exclusive look. 19” ‘Livorno’ wheel rims feature wheel covers with centre-lock look and the same ‘tech gold’ hue.

BASE SPECIFICATIONS FOR THE 2018 MERCEDES AMG A35
BASE SPECIFICATIONS FOR THE 2018 MERCEDES AMG A35

The list continues with AMG Performance seats upholstered with black/grey faux leather with blue accents and grey stitching as well as an AMG Performance steering-wheel  are said to ”emphasise the sportiness in the interior”.

The Edition 1 also adds seat heating and ambient lighting. Aluminium trim and an ‘Edition’ badge on the steering-wheel add cabin highlights.

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