Mercedes-Benz is set to expand its performance portfolio yet again with the introduction of two AMG-turned versions of the all-new 2018 A-Class, taking the place of the current single-variant Mercedes-AMG A45
Aimed at providing a broader range of performance options fourth-generation A-Class will split into a new two tier AMG range, adding a new A35 4Matic model to the line-up as a kind of prestige alternative to cars like the Volkswagen Golf R and Ford Focus RS.
The A35 will get an official unveiling at the Paris Motor Show in September 2018 prior to Australian sales in 2019.
To be positioned above the A250, which tops the mainstream range, the new performance hatchback will take its power from an advanced mild-hybrid driveline under the ‘EQ Power’ banner that Mercedes-Benz has reserved for all new models featuring either some kind of electric assistance.
The four-cylinder engine will borrow its basic architecture from the existing M260 petrol engine used by the A250, complimented by a belt driven generator and 48-volt electric architecture that contribute to a wholesale increase in performance through the operation of an electric motor that assists the 2.0-litre four-cylinder combustion engine.
Official figures are still to be pinned down, but Mercedes-AMG sources suggest the A35 4Matic should be capable of around 225kW.
The same engine will also provide the motive force for the new A45 4Matic, with a far-higher state of tune for a suggest output of around 308kW - enough to wrest back the power-crown from the 294kW Audi RS3.
As their names suggest, both models are set to benefit from a modified version of Mercedes-Benz’s 4Matic four-wheel drive system featuring an AMG-specific setup designed to allow more a frequent rear wheel drive torque-split compared standard A-Class 4Matic models.