Mercedes-Benz is lowering the bar into its AMG fam with the 2019 AMG A 35 4MATIC, the most affordable product currently in the high performance faction’s lineup. The German automakerrevealed the hot hatch in Paris back in October, giving us a pretty good look at its strong hatchline (like a jawline, but for a hatchback), but keeping some details under wraps, like the price, until earlier this week.  

Built on Mercedes’s new compact vehicle platform, the 2019 AMG A 35 will start at a base of 47,538 Euros ($72,249 CAD), making it “easier for new, young and active target groups to choose a Mercedes-AMG for the first time,” according to Mercedes.

The 2.0-litre turbocharged engine was specially developed for it, but based on the M 260 four-cylinder in the new A-Class. It manages an output of 306 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque, which will propel the vehicle to 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds. Top speed is a nice, round 250 km/h.

The chassis also got the special AMG treatment, including the addition of a bolted lightweight aluminum plate under the engine and two diagonal braces at the front of the underbody to increase stiffness and improve driver response.

Five drive programs are now available, including the newest and by far the most fun-sounding, “Slippery,” which is designed to provide smooth shifts, a flatter torque curve and consistent traction during low-grip road conditions.

AMG spent a bunch of time in the wind tunnel working on its new AMG Aerodynamic Package option, giving the vehicle not only a sleeker appearance, but also some added downward pull with a larger front splitter, high-gloss winglets and a fixed AMG rear aerofoil.

Speaking of new options, inside the A 35 Mercedes has replaced the old COMAND system with their new MBUX multimedia system, unlocking the optional AMG TRACK PACE for those who want to make the most of that AMG badge. This virtual race package records things like speed, acceleration and over 80 other vehicle-specific data points while on a track, displaying lap and sector times in real time. There’s an app for that, sure, but you won’t need it if you have this.

The 2019 AMG A 35 has officially been released, but no word when it’ll land on Canadian soil just yet.

Source: Driving

December 6, 2018