When details of the 2019 Mercedes-AMG A35 hatchback prematurely hit the web last month, it looked like the model was ready to give the Volkswagen Golf R and Audi S3 a hard time. However, the 306 horsepower and 295 foot-pounds of torque generated by its turbo 2.0-liter wouldn’t be enough to outright murder them on the open road. Fortunately, the leak included unconfirmed rumors that the A45 definitely could.
Following its debut at this Paris Motor Show this week, we learned that everything we already knew about the A35 turned out to be true, though the A45 remains draped in relative mystery. AMG lifted the veil just a bit, teasing out a few details on the upcoming model — emphasizing how terrible it will make the old A45 seem by comparison.
“The 45, the next-generation 45 is an all-new story,” Tobias Moers, chairman of Mercedes-AMG’s management board, told CarAdvice in Paris. “It has a lot of improvements including the chassis, a brand new four-wheel drive system, there’s nothing common with what you know today,” he said.
Moers confirmed the rumor that the A45 will surpass 400 horsepower, adding that engine output isn’t even the most exciting aspect of the car.
“The chassis compared to today … it’s unbelievable. We have various suspension in the car and it’s an improvement in every perspective. There’s more comfort, more rigidity in every way, so we put a lot of effort into the body in white. There’s lots of reinforcement and it fits perfectly,” he elaborated. “Okay, you can go sideways with it.”
Outgoing A45’s have an all-wheel drive system capable of distributing up to 50 percent of the vehicle’s power to the rear axle (just like the new A35). But the new A45 is said to do far better, tapping into something akin to the drift mode found on the Mercedes-AMG E63 S.
“We have really cool features. Much more emotional,” Moers said. “We have a dedicated super sport kind of screen there that I personally put a lot of effort into designing. You have track pace and everything in the application.”
It’s basically going to be the A35, but with more of everything, including forward gears. The A45 will come from the factory with an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission, while the A35 receives a 7-speed DTC. If you’re wondering how fast it’ll be, Mercedes’ official stats for the “lesser” A-Series AMG put it at 4.7 seconds from 0-62 mph with an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph — so, significantly quicker than that. We’re guessing Daimler won’t bring out anything that couldn’t reach acceptable highway speeds in under 4 seconds.
We still don’t know whether or not the A45 will make its way to the U.S. market, but the A35 will get here once Mercedes rejiggers it into a sedan. We’ll give you a comprehensive rundown on it when the time comes.