It’s official, Mercedes-AMG is bringing the A 35 4Matic to North America.
Like the Mercedes-Benz A-Class which was one of the most anticipated models of 2019, the new A 35 AMG version will certainly highlight 2020.
Mercedes-Benz says we can expect the Mercedes-AMG A 35 early next year. Powering both the sedan and the hatchback versions will be a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 302 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque.
That makes it more powerful than the current Volkswagen Golf R and Audi S3, but it’s not enough to catch up to the BMW M240i sedan which has 335 horsepower. Still, Mercedes-AMG says its new A 35 4Matic will get to 100 km/h in just 4.7 seconds (4.8 seconds in the sedan) which is about as fast as the Bimmer, and fast enough thank you very much.
4Matic all-wheel drive is standard and so is a dual-clutch 7-speed automatic. According to Mercedes-AMG, the gear ratios have been dialed up to maximum sporty; ensuring brisk accelerations in all situations. To make sure you get there first, a RACE-START function has been added which claims to provide “maximum acceleration from stationary”. We assume we’re talking about a launch control mode here.
New Slippery Drive Mode
Back to the 4Matic system for a second, it’s regular configuration will be front-wheel drive but the system can send half the power to the rear axle for a perfect 50:50 distribution. Traditional Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual drive modes are joined by a new mode called “Slippery”. As you may have guessed, this mode optimizes the behavior of the engine and gearbox for situations where grip is limited.
The suspension will have three modes ranging from more comfortable to very sporty and can adapt its settings automatically based on road conditions.
Inside, buyers get a sportier layout with AMG seats featuring improved side bolstering and unique trims. The 2020 Mercedes-AMG A 35 4Matic obviously gets the all-new and impressive MBUX multimedia system which features advanced voice commands and interactions, and an AI component that adapts the menus and functions to the driver’s preferences. Unlike in the 2019 A 250 and A220, MBUX is standard in the A 35.
AMG Track Pace
New with MBUX is the availability of an AMG Track Pace feature which we will likely see on future AMG models once MBUX starts spreading to other vehicles.
The Mercedes-AMG A 35 is the first AMG model to get MBUX, however, and this new AMG Track Pace system. The system essentially records and can save a range of data on different tracks including lap times, accelerations, and braking.
The steering wheel will feature a new built-in Touch Control system which can also be found on the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe. Essentially a tiny touchscreen on the steering wheel, it allows the driver to interact with various displays in the instrument cluster using a swiping motion with his or her fingers.
And there you have it folks, the new 2020 Mercedes-AMG A 35 4Matic. We don’t know how much it will cost yet, but we’re thinking around $45,000. We can’t see Mercedes-AMG going over $50,000 for a base model. If it does come in at that price, it will prove worthy competition for the Audi S3 and BMW M240i, but also the Golf R. Stay tuned.
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