Second tier for hot-hatch range
With the new A 200 hatch enjoying its first few weeks in the New Zealand market, Mercedes-amg has just announced details of the first hot version of the fourth generation A-class.
In a reorganisation of A-class line-up, the debut of the Mercedes-amg A 35 4Matic introduces a new AMG numerical designation and effectively provides a replacement for the previous generation A 250 Sport 4Matic.
The new A 35 4Matic will make its global debut at the Paris Motor Show next week ahead of going on sale in Europe from January 2019. It provides a second tier to the AMG hot-hatch range while details still remain under wraps about the replacement for the high performance A 45 4Matic model.
The performance formula for the A 35 4Matic introduces a new 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine with twin scroll turbocharging developing 225kw at 5800-6100rpm. Peak torque from the new engine is 400Nm from 3000rpm and Mercedes-amg claims acceleration from 0-100km/h in 4.7 seconds.
This level of performance and all-wheel-drive capability makes the new A 35 4Matic a direct rival to the Audi S3 and leaves the next generation A 45 4Matic to continue competing with the Audi RS3. The 2.0-litre turbo engine is based on the M 260 four-cylinder engine in the new A-class and features a lightweight die-cast aluminium crankcase. The housing of the twin-scroll turbocharger is divided into two parallel ducts and together with two separate exhaust ducts in the exhaust manifold, this makes it possible to channel the exhaust gases separately on the turbine wheel.
The AMG Speedshift DCT 7G dual-clutch transmission includes a Race-start function for maximum acceleration from stationary and the standard AMG Performance 4Matic system allows torque distribution to suit the dynamic handling requirements from front-wheel drive only to a 50:50 distribution to the front and rear axles. Five AMG Dynamic Select driving programmes — Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport + and Individual — enable a wide range of vehicle characteristics from comfortable to dynamic. They change relevant parameters, such as the response of the engine and transmission.
The new “Slippery” drive programme is optimised for slippery road conditions, with reduced power and a flat torque curve.
The AMG Ride Control suspension layout is based on the new Mercedes-benz A-class with Mcpherson struts fitted on the front axle with an Amg-specific front steering knuckle and a radially bolted brake calliper — a technology originating from motorsport.
At the rear the 4-link axle is connected rigidly to the body via a subframe with three transverse arms and the trailing arm, the wheel carrier and the bearings from the proven A 45 4Matic used to ensure maximum driving stability and agility.
The optional Adaptive Damping System offers three suspension control modes from comfortfocused to sporty. The system operates automatically, adapting the damping forces for each wheel according to the driving situation and road conditions.
Performance braking hardware has new 4-piston monoblock fixed callipers and 350mm discs fitted at the front and the rear axle has single-piston sliding callipers and 330mm discs. The discs are internally ventilated and perforated to dissipate heat and prevent fading and the silver-painted brake callipers have black AMG lettering.
Speed-sensitive, electro-mechanical sports power steering features a special rack with variable transmission ratio and two characteristic curves depending on which drive programme the driver has selected.
A powerful AMG exterior package includes a radiator grille with twin louvres, AMG Line front apron with “flics” on the air intakes, a front splitter and silver chrome trims on the louvres in the outer air intakes as distinguishing features at the front.
A twin-spoke 18-inch light-alloy wheel design is standard and the rear view is dominated by the rear apron with a new diffuser insert, the spoiler lip on the roof and the two round tailpipes.
The interior of the A 35 4Matic features Artico manmade leather seat trim with Dinamica microfibre in black, red contrasting stitching and red belts or Artico leather in black/digital grey. Red piping on the microfibre Dinamica trim element and ventilation nozzles with a red ring add further accents.
The new MBUX (Mercedes-benz User Experience) multimedia system with its innovative operating and display concept is standard in the new A 35 4Matic, replacing the previous Comand systems. It creates an even closer connection between the vehicle, driver and passengers with two displays under one shared glass cover which blend into a Widescreen Cockpit.
The A 35 4Matic also comes with voice control, activated with the words “Hey Mercedes”. Thanks to artificial intelligence, MBUX recognises and understands nearly all sentences from the fields of infotainment and vehicle operation, even if they are expressed indirectly.