Mercedes upgraded its A-Class in 2022 and that means revisions for A 35 are fetched by AMG and A 45 performance trap doors. While the mid-life refresh didn’t see any change in performance figures, Mercedes worked on the exterior design of the A 35 and A 45, while adding both as standard equipment. .
We’ve seen testing the upgraded A 35 and A 45 for a while now, so the body modifications shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Mercedes played it safe with the update, which added new front headlights, a redesigned AMG signature ‘Panamericana’ grille and new bonnet badges.
The front bumper receives a new lower lip design in relation to the revised side air intakes of the standard car, above it we can see the new “power booster” on the bonnet. A new 19-inch alloy wheel is now available and towards the rear we can see the redesigned A-Class taillights and rear spoiler. The circular exhaust helps distinguish the A 35 model from the A 45 – with 4 exhaust tips.
Inside the new AMG hot hatches there’s an AMG Performance steering wheel – now offered as standard, and AMG performance seats – decorated in sage gray. As standard A classThe A 35 and A 45 both feature the latest MBUX system, with improved voice support and a new driver display menu.
The arrival of the upgraded Mercedes-AMG A 45 coincides with the launch of the AMG Street Style Edition. The limited edition model is based on the A 45 S and is finished in “magno gray” paint with orange accents. The Aerodynamics Package is included – adds a rear spoiler and a front spoiler. Inside, the AMG Street Style Edition comes with black Performance seats, orange stitching and the ‘A 45 S’ logo embroidered on the headrests.
Powering the A 35 is a hybrid version of the old car’s 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. Mercedes says the new 48V auxiliary power supply adds an additional 13hp at launch, but total power remains the same at 301hp and 400Nm of torque. The performance numbers are also unchanged – 0-62mph takes 4.8 seconds in the saloon, with the hatchback taking 4.7 seconds. Top speed is limited to 155mph.
AMG A 45 always holds the title of strongest hot hatchback is on sale, with a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine making 415bhp and 500Nm of torque. Like in the A 35, power is sent to all four wheels – resulting in a 3.9-second 0-62mph time and an unrestricted top speed of 168mph.
Pricing has yet to be announced for both models, but it is likely that the A 35 will rise from its current starting price of £43,440. The A 45 just received a price hike to £60,628 earlier this year, so we’ll see if the upgrade delivers another hike when it launches in the coming months.
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