It’s lean, mean, and has a take-no-prisoners attitude

The color blue never goes out of style, so it’s fitting that in the Fashion Capital of the World, Mercedes-AMG unveiled the feisty A 35 in a resplendent blue shade that accentuates its sporting good looks. The hot hatch officially made its debut at the 2018 Paris Motor Show with a point to prove. While it does trace its roots to the A-Class, the AMG 35 is nothing like the model it’s based on. It looks angrier and more aggressive, and more importantly, it has a powerful 2.0 turbocharged four-cylinder engine that can embarrass the socks off anyone who underestimates its performance capabilities. The Mercedes-AMG A 35 doesn’t have a price yet, but those details will be announced sometime in 2019. Unfortunately, it’s not coming to the U.S.

Look at the Mercedes-AMG A 35 and tell me that it’s not dripping in attitude. It’s not a perfect car, by any means, but it doesn’t have to be. The AMG A 35 has no problem representing the A-Class family and judging by first appearances, it’s doing a good job at it. You can tell from the start that the hot hatch traces its roots to the A-Class. The model owes its existence to Merc’s entry-level model, but just as that’s the case, don’t fall into the trap of mistaking the A 35 as nothing more than a dressed up version of the A-Class.

The A 35 is its own model. The front fascia is a lot more aggressive, emphasized in part by the raft of splitters it’s carrying.

There’s also a large wing at the back that exudes confidence and aerodynamic function. Throw in the blacked out high-spoke wheels, the evocative use of the blue paint finish and the smattering of AMG trim spread throughout the body, and you have a hot hatch that’s ready, willing, and able to establish itself as a legitimate competitor in its segment.

The 2019 Mercedes-AMG A35 Showed Up in Paris Wearing a Stunning Blue Tuxedo
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It’s not hard to notice the confidence that the AMG A 35 exudes. The good news is that there are no empty calories when it comes to what the hot hatch is capable of. It is, after all, an AMG model, and if you’re an AMG model, you don’t come to any parties without anything to offer. Make no mistake, the AMG A 35 has a lot to offer. It’s powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that produces 302 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. All that power is sent to all four wheels courtesy of a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission.

This hot hatch packs a wallop, and it backs that up with a 0-to-62-mph time of just 4.7 seconds to go with a limited top speed of 155 mph.

Beyond the impressive power and performance figures, the AMG A 35’s drive can be figured, courtesy of a number of drive modes. There’s “Comfort,” “Sport,” “Sport+,” “Individual,” and even “Slippery” for those times when you need a car that can drive comfortably on slippery road surfaces. There’s a versatility to the AMG A 35 that shouldn’t be overlooked. It might come as a surprise to some people, but this hot hatch is more than the sum of its parts.

The 2019 Mercedes-AMG A35 Showed Up in Paris Wearing a Stunning Blue Tuxedo
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It’s a confident performance machine that knows what it’s capable of, and it isn’t afraid to show those capabilities of. It also happens to dress well, which is probably one of the reasons why it’s making its debut at the Paris Motor Show.

Further reading

2019 Mercedes-AMG A35 Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2019 Mercedes-AMG A35.

2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Exterior
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Read our full review on the next generation 2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class.

2014 Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the previous 2014 Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG.

On the eve of the 2018 Mondial de l’Auto Paris, Mercedes-Benz showcased the latest member of its premium SUV family, the new GLE. More than 400 invited guests witnessed the world premiere of the SUV trendsetter at the brand’s "Meet Mercedes" event. As in previous years, the Hotel Molitor, with its Art Deco design and street-art elements, provided the perfect setting for the popular event format. Besides a best-in-class cd figure of 0.29, the GLE also offers a compelling new operating concept, innovative driver assistance systems, a new engine line-up and considerably more space.

“21 years ago, we founded the premium SUV segment with the M-Class. Since then, the importance of these models has continuously increased – not only for us, but also for the whole industry,” says Britta Seeger, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, responsible for Mercedes-Benz Cars Marketing & Sales. “That’s strong motivation for us to make the GLE even better. Families will enjoy the additional space; business people will be happy about the improved connectivity and fans of the outdoors will love its new driving capabilities.”

The new Mercedes-Benz GLE is packed with innovations. One world first is the 48-volt E-ACTIVE BODY CONTROL active suspension, while the driver assistance systems go one step further with Active Tailback Assist. The interior is even bigger and more comfortable, with an optional third row of seats. The infotainment system comes with bigger screens, a full-colour head-up display with a resolution of 720 x 240 pixels and MBUX interior assist, which can recognise hand and arm movements for convenient operation. The exterior design exudes not only presence and strength but also sets a new aerodynamics best-in-class in the SUV segment.

At Meet Mercedes at the Molitor, the former iconic swimming pool converted into a luxury hotel in 2014, invited journalists enjoyed an exclusive insight into several new products and technologies from the brand with the three-pointed star. Also unveiled alongside the new GLE were the Mercedes-AMG A 35 4MATIC (fuel consumption combined 7.4-7.3 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined 169-167 g/km) and the smart forease show car, which will celebrate their world premieres tomorrow at the Mercedes-Benz press conference at the 2018 Mondial de l’Auto Paris. Another world premiere scheduled for tomorrow is that of the new Mercedes-Benz B-Class. Celebrating its show premiere is the EQC, the first battery-electric vehicle from the EQ product and technology brand.

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