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2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class

Gorgeous looks and features from the bigger luxury Mercs

The third-generation A-Class has been around for only six years as of 2018, and Mercedes-Benz has already launched a redesigned model. That’s not exactly surprising though, as the Germans are looking to replace each model after a six-year cycle in the future and the A-Class is one of the first to be part of this strategy. Spotted stretching its wheels in Europe since early 2017, the new-generation A-Class broke cover in February 2018, about one month before its public debut at the 2018 Geneva Auto Show. And by the looks of things, the competition doesn’t stand a chance against it.

The interesting thing about the upcoming A-Class, aside from the usual upgrades involving sportier looks, a refined, roomier interior, and more powerful and efficient engines, is that it will get a sedan version. The three-box model was previewed by the A-Class Sedan Concept in 2017 and as it turns out, it shares quite a lot of design features with the new hatchback. Inspired by the new CLS, the A-Class Sedan wasn’t just a fancied up concept, with most of its features transferred on the production five-door model. But until the four-door arrives to take on the Audi A3 Sedan and the China-only BMW 1 Series Sedan, let’s have a closer look at the most technologically advanced premium hatchback on the market.

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Next Mercedes-AMG A45 Coming With Drift Mode and Over 400 Horsepower

Next Mercedes-AMG A45 Coming With Drift Mode and Over 400 Horsepower

Looks poised to challenge the Audi RS3 and BMW M140i

Mercedes is working on an all-new A45 AMG model to sit at the top of its A-Class lineup, and even though it’s set to debut sometime next year, we’re already learning new details about it - exciting details regarding how it will be very different from (and just plain better than) the outgoing A45 AMG.

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Mercedes Finally Shows Us the 2019 AMG A35 in the Metal at the Paris Motor Show

Mercedes Finally Shows Us the 2019 AMG A35 in the Metal at the Paris Motor Show

The hotly-anticipated hot hatch from the three-pointed star finally gets out of the wraps

Mercedes-Benz finally showed the AMG A35 in the metal at the Paris Motor Show. Even though the car made an online debut a couple of weeks back, this is the first time we’ve seen it in its physical form. People have been waiting on the ropes for this car to arrive after the A-Class hatchback was launched a few months ago and it was well worth the wait.

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The 2019 Mercedes-AMG A35 Showed Up in Paris Wearing a Stunning Blue Tuxedo

The 2019 Mercedes-AMG A35 Showed Up in Paris Wearing a Stunning Blue Tuxedo

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.

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Mercedes-AMG A35 vs Audi S3

Mercedes-AMG A35 vs Audi S3

Battle of the (mild) hot hatchbacks

When Mercedes-Benz unveiled the fourth-generation A-Class in 2018, it basically dropped a giant anvil on the hatchback market. Fitted with never-before-seen technology and infused with design cues from the bigger sedans inside and out, the new A-Class trumps the BMW 1 Series and the Audi A3 in just about every department. With a handful of models already available, Mercedes-Benz just unveiled the AMG A35. Offered for the first time, it slots above the A250 and below the upcoming AMG A45.

The A35 is Mercedes’ answer to the long-standing Audi S3 and BMW M135i and arrives just when these two hatchbacks are getting a bit long in the tooth. But while the 1 Series is almost out of the market, to be replaced by a front-wheel-drive model, the S3 was facelifted recently and will be around for a few more years. That’s why we decided to throw the S3 into the lion’s den and find out how it compares to the new Mercedes-AMG A35.

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10 Must Know Facts About the Mercedes-AMG A35

10 Must Know Facts About the Mercedes-AMG A35

The entry-level AMG is far from mundane

Mercedes is changing the formula for the performance end of its A-Class range, which will now feature two models: a hot A35, which was just revealed, and an even hotter A45 we don’t yet know very much about. But why wait for the A45 when this A35 is already a very enticing premium hot hatch with a unique look and strong performance?

The A35 has over 300 horsepower, 295 pound-feet of torque, and all-wheel drive to enable it to hurl itself from naught to 62 mph in 4.7 seconds. Its top speed is electronically pegged at 155 mph, but if other similar cars with comparable power numbers are anything to go by, it should nudge 170 mph when unrestricted.

It also looks quite appealing, I think, with its aggressive bumpers, side skirts, and rear spoiler. Inside, it’s been spruced up with sports seats, yellow details, and a flat bottom steering wheel to leave you in no doubt that it is a performance-oriented car.

Not everything about it is perfect, though; here are ten must-know facts about it you should be aware of.

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2019 Mercedes-AMG A35

2019 Mercedes-AMG A35

Stuttgart’s answer to the BMW M140i and Audi S3

The Mercedes-AMG A35 is an intermediate, performance-oriented model of the fourth-generation A-Class hatchback. Offered for the very first time since the subcompact was introduced in 1997, it slots between the A250 trim of the standard A-Class and the range-topping AMG A45.

The AMG A35 is Mercedes’ response to intermediate performance-oriented hatchbacks from BMW and Audi. Both Germans brands have been offering models like the M140i and S3 for quite a few years now, and they’ve been very popular with customers who a bit more than what the standard models offer, but don’t want to go all out on proper M or RS cars. The AMG A35 joins the battle with more than 300 horsepower on tap, sportier looks, and all the state-of-the-art tech that Mercedes-Benz debuted on the regular A-Class.

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2019 Mercedes-AMG A35 4Matic Unveiled

2019 Mercedes-AMG A35 4Matic Unveiled

Over 300 hundred ponies and a bad attitude

Following a round of teasers, Mercedes-AMG has finally revealed its latest fire-breathing hatchback - the 2019 A35 4Matic.

“Body shell, suspension, all-wheel drive, transmission, driving programs, fine tuning - every detail has been designed for maximum driving dynamics without compromising on everyday comfort,” Merc announces.

The main party piece can be found under the hood, where Mercedes stuffed the hot-to-trot A-Class with a turbocharged four-cylinder making as much as 306 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Properly applied, its enough to send the A35 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in a scorching 4.7 seconds, while top speed clocks in at 155 mph. The boost snail is a twin-scroll unit for sharper response.

Routing the muscle is a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, which feeds an AMG-tuned, electro-mechanical 4Matic AWD system. The torque split can vary between front-wheel drive only, to a 50:50 split front-to-back.

Keeping it shiny side up are MacPherson struts up front and a four-link for the rear. There’s plenty of aluminum to keep it all light, while a set of adaptive dampers can be had for a little extra outlay. Large four-pot brakes clamp the front, with brake rotors that measure in at 13.8 inches in front and 13 inches in the rear.

The A35 looks the part of a hooligan thanks to AMG’s classic styling chops, which includes a unique grille in the nose, aero-optimized 18-inch wheels in the corners, and a large spoiler mated to a pronounced diffuser in the rear.

Inside the cabin, you’ll find the latest MBUX infotainment goodies, plus AMG’s signature upholstery treatment and a flat-bottom steering wheel. A fully digital instrument display provides the feedback.

Look for the 2019 Mercedes-AMG A35 4Matic to strut its stuff early next month at the 2018 Paris Motor Show.

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Mercedes-AMG A35 reveals its wing in new teaser

Mercedes-AMG A35 reveals its wing in new teaser

The big debut is coming, folks

Mercedes-Benz seems to enjoy playing mind games with their fans and customers, testing their ability to wait for their upcoming releases while putting out a number of revealing sneak peeks. This is the case with their new A35 AMG which will be shown off to the public for the first time at the Paris Motor Show that kicks off on October 4th.

With each new Mercedes-AMG launch, you really have to take a moment to soak in all the details in order to appreciate the job done by the people in Affalterbach. That’s why each new image that Mercedes-Benz leaks out of their new hot hatch, the buzzing A35 AMG, keeps the hype alive as we look forward to a peek inside.

In the latest couple of images released by the German automaker, we can feast our eyes with both rear-end view and a view of the nose, albeit only half of each – hopefully they don’t have a good half and a bad half! What we get is what we’ve been expecting with Mercedes beefing up the body kit of their current A-Class with bigger air inlets and a host of purposeful winglets on either side. It’s the same story at the rear where we get dual exhausts, a diffuser for underbody aerodynamics and a generously-sized wing almost identical to that on the outgoing A45.

Mercedes will also unveil a new A45 early next year but, until then, we have to contend with its little brother who’s looking to scare away its neighbors: the likes of Audi’s S3, BMW’s M140i or Volkswagen’s Golf R. Granted, you’ll have a hard time telling the two apart if you don’t glimpse of their front ends, since the A45 will feature the Panamerica grille while the A35 is stuck with this twin-blade design we’ve become familiar with on lower-tier Mercedes models.

Keep reading to find out more of what we know about the A35 AMG.

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This Teaser for the 2019 Mercedes-AMG A35 Has Us Wanting More

This Teaser for the 2019 Mercedes-AMG A35 Has Us Wanting More

To put it in the urban lingo - A35 FTW

There is something special about hot hatches. That something is the way they zip around with their little bodies as if some hell broke loose, and throwing its hat into this ‘cult’ is Mercedes with the A35. No, wait; I’m talking about the Mercedes-AMG A35. The car was spotted burning rubber at the Nurburgring recently, and from the looks of it, the car is set to take on the world. Talking business now, are we?

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2019 Mercedes A-Class Sedan Edition 1

2019 Mercedes A-Class Sedan Edition 1

Those copper accents look beautiful

With the launch of the new Mercedes A-Class, Mercedes-Benz is once again adding some special edition spice to the proceedings with the release of the A-Class Sedan Edition 1. The special edition version of the A-Class packs a lot of exclusive equipment in its tight body, all coming as standard to the model. It will also be compatible with all engines being offered for the A-Class as well. Mercedes only plans to sell the A-Class Sedan Edition 1 for around a year.

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5 Ways Americans Get A Better Mercedes A-Class Than The Rest Of The World

5 Ways Americans Get A Better Mercedes A-Class Than The Rest Of The World

I honestly feel that Mercedes-Benz outdid themselves with the latest A-Class Sedan. It is a car so perfectly suited for the compact sedan niche, that I have no doubt the company is going to dominate the market. Even more so than it did when the CLA appeared some time ago.

Ok, the world did receive much the same car, but the market habits of US customers (yours, actually) did make the A-Class sedan slightly different compared to all others. And, If I am to assume, cheaper as well.

So, in short, Americans will buy a lot of A-Class sedans that are better equipped and quicker than in the rest of the world for less money.

Convinced yet?

If you are still wondering why the U.S.-spec A-Class Sedan is one of the best ever, I’ve compiled a list of five reasons for you.

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Aggressive Design Should Help The Mercedes A-Class Get Taken More Seriously

Aggressive Design Should Help The Mercedes A-Class Get Taken More Seriously

New tech and new looks should help the A-Class attract its fair share of buyers

The Mercedes A-Class Sedan has arrived, and it’s packing a wallop of new features. Most of the headlines will probably gravitate towards the sedan’s MBUX infotainment system, making it the first U.S.-bound Mercedes to feature the high-resolution widescreen cockpit and touchscreen media display with augmented reality capabilities. But don’t focus all of your attention on the infotainment system. The new A-Class Sedan is more than just that. It also happens to come with a design that’s far and away better than how its predecessor looked.

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Mercedes Managed to Make the A-Class Sedan the Most Aerodynamic Production Car in the World but Who Cares?

Mercedes Managed to Make the A-Class Sedan the Most Aerodynamic Production Car in the World but Who Cares?

With a drag coefficient of 0.22, no car is as sleek as the new A-Class Sedan

Mercedes-Benz is kicking off the promotional campaign for the A-Class sedan, and the first order of business is bragging about the sedan’s drag coefficient of only 0.22, a record figure it is expected to share with the Mercedes-Benz CLA 180 CDI BlueEfficiency model. The silky smooth A-Class Sedan is a product of Mercedes’ renowned engineering capabilities. The model’s sleek styling was created in a wind tunnel specifically to achieve that record drag coefficient number.

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X-Tomi's Rendering of the Mercedes A-Class Coupe Has Us Salivating With Desire

X-Tomi’s Rendering of the Mercedes A-Class Coupe Has Us Salivating With Desire

Should Mercedes-Benz build it?

After 21 years on the market, the Mercedes-Benz A-Class finally went beyond the hatchback body style, with the German firm introducing a sedan version at the 2018 Beijing Auto Show. Unveiled with a longer wheelbase in China, the A-Class Sedan will soon be launched in Europe and the United States with a regular wheelbase and will be followed by an AMG version. There’s little doubt that Mercedes-Benz will further expand the lineup beyond these models, but a new rendering from X-Tomi Design left us craving a two-door coupe version.

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2020 Mercedes-AMG A45 Sedan

2020 Mercedes-AMG A45 Sedan

Giving the Audi RS3 Sedan a run for its money

It took Mercedes-Benz exactly one year to turn the Concept A Sedan into a production model, but now that it’s here as the A-Class L Sedan, the compact four-door is ready to spawn at least three new models. With the long wheelbase version launched in China, a regular sedan is set to break cover for global markets later in 2018, while a sportier AMG A35 variant was already spied testing on public roads. Naturally, a range-topping AMG A45 Sedan model will follow in 2019 to give the Audi RS3 Sedan some competition in the United States.

While the AMG A45 Sedan has yet to hit public roads as a test car, it’s arrival is imminent. And thanks to a rendering provided by X-Tomi Design, we already know how it’s going to look on the outside. If the previous AMG A45 hatchback is any indication, the beefed-up sedan should have close to 400 horsepower and sports car-like acceleration. Let’s find out more about its performance and features in the speculative review.

Continue reading to learn more about the upcoming Mercedes-AMG A45 Sedan.

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Is This What the Mercedes-AMG A45 Sedan Will Look Like?

Is This What the Mercedes-AMG A45 Sedan Will Look Like?

The Audi RS3 Sedan is finally getting some competition

Shown in 2017, the four-door version of the A-Class hatchback morphed into a production model at the 2018 Beijing Auto Show. Unveiled with a slightly longer wheelbase than usual, the A-Class Sedan will soon become a global vehicle and will cross the pond to the U.S. to take on the Audi A3 Sedan. Like most Mercedes-Benz models, the standard A-Class Sedan will be followed by an AMG model. Likely to be called the AMG A45 Sedan, the beefed-up four-door will compete against the Audi RS3 Sedan, currently the only performance-rated vehicle in this niche. The AMG model is still at least a year away, but we may already know what it looks like thanks to a new rendering from X-Tomi Design.

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2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class L Sedan

2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class L Sedan

China-only model previews U.S.-spec four-door

Unveiled as a concept car at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show, the sedan version of the A-Class unveiled itself to the world in production form at the 2018 Beijing Auto Show. As expected, the A-Class Sedan is pretty much a shrunken CLA, boasting a coupe-style roof and a short deck lid. Shown here is the longer wheelbase version developed specifically for the Chinese market.

Set to go on sale in the second half of 2018, the A-Class L sedan is produced at produced at Beijing Benz Automotive (BBAC), a joint venture between Daimler and BAIC Motor. While the A-Class L won’t be sold outside China, a regular wheelbase model will follow in the second half of the year to take on the Audi A3 Sedan in Europe and the United States. And AMG variant is also likely, but until that happens, let’s find out what sets the A-Class Sedan apart from its hatchback sibling.

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Mercedes Took the C-Class, Gave it a Face Lift, and Calls it the A-Class L in China

Mercedes Took the C-Class, Gave it a Face Lift, and Calls it the A-Class L in China

It’s just a few inches shorter and nearly as wide as the C-Class

It doesn’t take a genius to see that the Chinese-specific A-Class L has a serious resemblance to the current-gen C-Class. It’s so similar, in fact, that it looks like a facelifted version of the C-Class inside and out, albeit with some upper-trim-level standard features and a slightly (and I do mean slightly) smaller presence. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, mind you, but it’s far from what you would call a compact, despite the fact that Mercedes is boasting it as the first and only long-wheelbase compact car in the Chinese market. Sorry folks, but this is just a C-Class with smaller overhangs. Let’s look at things a little closer.

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Shocker: Mercedes Will Take on the BMW X2 with the Next-Gen GLA Class

Shocker: Mercedes Will Take on the BMW X2 with the Next-Gen GLA Class

It’s one of eight new models based on the A-Class

Mercedes-Benz just unveiled the new A-Class at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show and set a new benchmark in the class. Sportier than ever and with features borrowed from the CLS, the new A-Class has the most luxurious interior in this segment and a range of powerful but also fuel-efficient engines. Not surprisingly, the Germans now want to take advantage of the new design and platform by creating another seven models, including a competitor for the BMW X2.

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Mercedes-AMG Will Take on the Audi S3 with a 300-Horsepower A35 Hatchback

Mercedes-AMG Will Take on the Audi S3 with a 300-Horsepower A35 Hatchback

The gap between the 250 and AMG 45 variants will now be filled

Mercedes-Benz’s entry-level models include the CLA 250 and GLA 250. Both models feature a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 208 horsepower. Decent power, right? If for some reason that isn’t enough, the next models on the table are the AMG 45 variants of each model, both of which come with AMG-specific turbo four engines that come with 375 horsepower. Look at the power figures of the two models, and you’ll see a significant 170-horsepower gap between them. Well, Mercedes is planning to address that massive gap when the next-generation A-Class comes into the picture. The solution? The 300-horsepower AMG A35.

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Mercedes to Join Volvo, Cadillac, and Porsche in the Car Subscription Business with the "Mercedes me Flexperience" Subscription Program

Mercedes to Join Volvo, Cadillac, and Porsche in the Car Subscription Business with the "Mercedes me Flexperience" Subscription Program

You won’t have to buy a Mercedes at full price if you avail of this service

Mercedes-Benz is joining a host of other automakers in offering a new kind of ownership experience that will allow customers to drive the car of their dreams without actually owning them. Just like Volvo, Cadillac, and Porsche, the German automaker is in the final stages of developing a pilot program for a flat-rate vehicle subscription service, called “Mercedes me Flexperience.” The goal of this is service is to offer an alternative way to “owning” a Mercedes without actually having to buy it outright. The program is already available in a few countries, but it could also find its way into the U.S. as early as this year.

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2019 Mercedes-AMG A35 Sedan

2019 Mercedes-AMG A35 Sedan

Uh oh, the Audi S3 Sedan could be in trouble!

The Mercedes-AMG A35 is an upcoming performance-oriented version of the A-Class Sedan. The A35 will slot between the recently unveiled A-Class Sedan and the upcoming Mercedes-AMG A45. The beefed-up sedan will compete against the Audi S3 Sedan in the U.S. and the BMW 1 Series Sedan in China.

After four years with the Audi A3 Sedan being the only four-door on the premium compact market, Mercedes-Benz decided its time to jump in with a three-box version of the popular A-Class. Alongside the standard model, we’ll also get the potent AMG A45, and according to recent spy shots, a milder AMG variant too. The latter will be called the AMG A35, a name already confirmed by a hatchback version.

While the new A-Class is spectacular in just about every department and sports the most beautiful interior in the compact market, the really big news about the A-Class Sedan is that it will be a global vehicle. Merc has big plans for the A-Class and has already confirmed that the sedan will be sold in the U.S. The regular model should be followed by both AMG versions, including this one.

Continue reading to learn more about the Mercedes-AMG A35.

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New Mercedes A-Class Hatchback Not Coming to the U.S.; You can Buy it in Canada though

New Mercedes A-Class Hatchback Not Coming to the U.S.; You can Buy it in Canada though

No soup for you, ’Murica!

Mercedes just unveiled the fourth-generation A-Class, and it goes without saying that it’s the sexiest, most technologically advanced compact hatchback on the market. The BMW 1 Series and Audi A3 are cool and all, but let’s face it, both look rather generic inside and out and are subpar when it comes to technology. Unfortunately, all of the above is irrelevant if you live in the U.S., as Mercedes-Benz isn’t planning on selling the hatchback Stateside.

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2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class

2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class

Gorgeous looks and features from the bigger luxury Mercs

The third-generation A-Class has been around for only six years as of 2018, and Mercedes-Benz has already launched a redesigned model. That’s not exactly surprising though, as the Germans are looking to replace each model after a six-year cycle in the future and the A-Class is one of the first to be part of this strategy. Spotted stretching its wheels in Europe since early 2017, the new-generation A-Class broke cover in February 2018, about one month before its public debut at the 2018 Geneva Auto Show. And by the looks of things, the competition doesn’t stand a chance against it.

The interesting thing about the upcoming A-Class, aside from the usual upgrades involving sportier looks, a refined, roomier interior, and more powerful and efficient engines, is that it will get a sedan version. The three-box model was previewed by the A-Class Sedan Concept in 2017 and as it turns out, it shares quite a lot of design features with the new hatchback. Inspired by the new CLS, the A-Class Sedan wasn’t just a fancied up concept, with most of its features transferred on the production five-door model. But until the four-door arrives to take on the Audi A3 Sedan and the China-only BMW 1 Series Sedan, let’s have a closer look at the most technologically advanced premium hatchback on the market.

Continue reading to learn more about the Mercedes-Benz A-Class.

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Mercedes-Benz Debuts 2018 A-Class And Wants You To Feel All Warm And Gooey

Mercedes-Benz Debuts 2018 A-Class And Wants You To Feel All Warm And Gooey

New styling, new interior, and a boatload of tech head list of updates

Mercedes-Benz just dropped the camo on its latest A-Class model, showing the fresh four-door hatch in a special live-streamed debut event in Amsterdam. In addition to crisper lines outside and a totally new interior, the A-Class also comes packing with a huge number of new and updated technology features.

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Watch the Mercedes A-Class Debut Here @ 1:00PM EST Today!

Watch the Mercedes A-Class Debut Here @ 1:00PM EST Today!

We won’t know the full details of the new A-Class until we see it debut live below, but based on the teasers and spy shots that we’ve seen, the German automaker seems to have taken a proactive approach in jazzing up the A-Class beyond its status as an entry-level model. The interior, in particular, looks less like a low-cost model and more like a premium model. The ambient lighting, floating widescreen, and touchpad control system on the center console are all signs of a well-provisioned interior. The new A-Class will also debut the automaker’s new User Experience multimedia system, which incorporates voice control, augmented reality, and artificial intelligence. When was the last time you saw an entry-level model this loaded in luxury and new-age tech?

Stay tuned for the live debut @ 1:00 EST Today.

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Mercedes A-Class Teased Ahead of Feb 2 Debut

Mercedes A-Class Teased Ahead of Feb 2 Debut

The new A-Class looks to be a headliner

The new Mercedes A-Class is scheduled to make its world debut in Amsterdam on February 2. That’s set in stone. Ahead of the unveiling, Mercedes has been on a teaser binge, first releasing a teaser photo back in November showing the entry-level sedan’s interior. Now we get a look at the A-Class’ exterior or at least parts of the front section that we can make out.

The new teaser video doesn’t reveal much, but we do see blinking headlights that are similar to the ones found on the 2019 CLS four-door coupe. We can’t make out the look of the front grille, but don’t be surprised if it’s also the same as one found on the CLS and some of the newer Merc models that made their debuts in recent years. A separate teaser also reveals what we’ve known for quite some time: the new A-Class will have a hatchback version to go along with the sedan. It will also ride on the same second-generation MFA platform as the GLA and CLA. Unfortunately for hatch-loving consumers, the sedan version is the only model that’s going to the U.S.

We still don’t know the full details of the new A-Class, but based on the teaser’s that we’ve seen, the German automaker seems to have taken a proactive approach in jazzing up the A-Class beyond its status as an entry-level model. The interior, in particular, looks less like a low-cost model and more like a premium model. The ambient lighting, floating widescreen, and touchpad control system on the center console are all signs of a well-provisioned interior. The new A-Class will also debut the automaker’s new User Experience multimedia system, which incorporates voice control, augmented reality, and artificial intelligence. When was the last time you saw an entry-level model this loaded in luxury and new-age tech?

This is the reality of the all-new Mercedes A-Class.

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Mercedes-Benz Previews New A-Class With Winter Testing: Video

Mercedes-Benz Previews New A-Class With Winter Testing: Video

Frosty the snow hatch

As those of us in the Mid West and on the East Coast gear up for yet another major winter storm, it’s important to know that your ride can take the freezing temperatures and won’t leave you out in the cold. As such, all of the major automakers out there undergo extensive testing when it comes to cold weather proofing their models, and Mercedes-Benz is no different, bringing their products to Sweden before they hit the dealership floor. The above-featured 35-second clip is a quick glimpse at what goes into prep for oodles of the white stuff, including a little sideways drift action on a giant snowy skid pad, grip on an iced-over road, and extreme temperature tests that pelt the car with winds as frigid as -30 degrees Celsius (-22 degrees Fahrenheit). It’s a quick little video, but in addition to the winter testing stuff, it also affords us an opportunity to check out the new A-Class. The car in question is decked out in swirly camo, which means it’s a little tricky to pick out all the details, but more eagle-eyed readers can use it as an opportunity to preview the latest model year. It’s also worth noting that the car in the vid is the five-door hatchback body style, which won’t arrive on these shores (we’ll get the four-door sedan instead).

Are you excited for the new A-Class? Are you prepared for the impending storms? Let us know in the comments, and check out our recent “Getting Ready For Winter With FWD” article.

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Mercedes Will Present Next-Gen Infotainment System at the 2018 CES

Mercedes Will Present Next-Gen Infotainment System at the 2018 CES

New MBUX will be found on the brand’s upcoming compact models, including the A-Class

Mercedes-Benz will be in attendance at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, and a big part of its presentation will revolve around its new infotainment system. It’s called “Mercedes-Benz User Experience,” or MBUX for short. More importantly, the new system will feature state-of-the-art technology that’s based on artificial intelligence and an intuitive operating system that will create a “pioneering in-car experience.” Yes, Mercedes is bringing the future to CES. We can’t wait.

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2018 Mercedes A-Class Cabin Revealed – It's a Hybrid!!!

2018 Mercedes A-Class Cabin Revealed – It’s a Hybrid!!!

Mercedes-Benz revealed several photos of the 2018 A-Class’ production-ready interior last week and we’ve noticed a rather important detail: it’s a hybrid and will have at least a 31-mile range on battery power.

The detail is seen by zooming into the 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster. Just below the tachometer is a battery range indicator showing 36km of range left on a roughly 75-percent charge. Do the conversion and that works out to 22.3 miles of range. That’s not bad for a three-quarters charge. At full charge, though, the A-Class could see a total electric range of roughly 31 miles. That’s more than enough for in-city commuting. Of course, the phrase “your mileage may vary” comes into play. Getting a full 31 miles to a charge will likely require a light foot and conscious driving. Still, the respectable range should be a big selling point for A-Class shoppers.

And speaking of buying, it’s likely Mercedes will debut the hybridized A-Class alongside its gasoline and diesel version at its launch. That would give customers at least three choices in the powertrain department, not to mention the possible FWD/AWD, transmission, and horsepower output combinations. Mercedes is expected to officially debut the 2018 A-Class sometime in the first half of 2018, with most indications pointing to the Geneva Auto Show in March.

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Mercedes Concept A Sedan Confirms Four-Door A-Class

Mercedes Concept A Sedan Confirms Four-Door A-Class

Will it be a China-only model?

Mercedes-Benz can be credited with inventing several niches in the auto market recently, most notably with the CLS and CLA four-door coupes (and their Shooting Brake/wagon variants). However, the German firm fell behind the competition in the smaller sedan market. While Audi has been selling the A3 Sedan since 2013 and BMW recently introduced the 1 Series Sedan in China, Stuttgart has yet to launch a similar offering. But, this will end soon and the Concept A Sedan that Mercedes unveiled at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show proves that a four-door smaller than the CLA is in the works.

As you might have already guessed from the name, the Concept A Sedan previews a sedan version of the familiar A-Class. However, the production model won’t arrive until the fourth-generation hatchback is launched, which should happen in a couple of years. Although Mercedes-Benz didn’t actually confirm the A-Class sedan, the concept is described as "an outlook of the next generation of compact vehicles and a potential new body type." Take this statement and the fact that both Audi, and BMW have cars in this segment, and the A-Class sedan is pretty certain to happen.

As with all concepts, the Concept A Sedan is rather futuristic compared to the current-generation A-Class. While the front bumper and grille are very familiar, the styling is decidedly sportier and has an AMG-GT vibe to it. In the company’s own words, the concept "shows that the time of creases is over" and is "the next milestone of ’Sensual Purity’ and has the potential to introduce a new design era."

All told, the show car could very well preview the design of the upcoming A-Class hatchback before finding its way onto the production sedan. On the other hand, I wouldn’t bet on them being as aggressive as the concept. I also don’t expect the UV-treated headlamps, which "glow" in different colors depending on light, to become a production feature.

However, Mercedes gives us a few hints as to how large this compact sedan will be. At 179.9 inches long and 73.6 inches wide, it’s almost 11 inches longer and 3.5 inches wider than the current A-Class sedan. Compared to the CLA, it’s only three inches shorter, but 3.5 inches wider. As expected, it slots right below the CLA, but the production model will probably be a bit shorter than the concept. On the other hand, a similar length could work as the CLA is marketed as a four-door coupe, while the A-Class sedan will be sold as a conventional four-door.

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2016 Mercedes-AMG A45 by Speed-Buster

2016 Mercedes-AMG A45 by Speed-Buster

You’ll get what you pay for with this tuning kit

It’s hard to believe that the Mercedes A-Class was three generations in before Mercedes decided it was a good idea to wring up a hot rod version for the hatchback. But it did when it presented the A45 AMG back in 2013. It was a long time in the making and in the three years since, the A45 AMG has already been subjected to a rebrand – it’s now called the Mercedes-AMG A45 – and an update. That’s not to say that the car has failed to live up to expectations because it has, or at least it has in the context of it turning into an aftermarket darling where tuners like Brabus, Vath, and Posaidon have already built specific programs for it.

This time though, hot hatch tuner extraordinaire Speed-Buster takes center stage and it has what might be considered one of the best “value-for-money” tuning kits for the AMG A45. It’s true because the only thing the tuner is offering is its Chiptuning plug-and-play module. That’s it. No exterior upgrades, no dressed-up interiors, and certainly no fancy wheels. But it does have that engine upgrade, and for what it’s worth both literally and figuratively, it definitely lives up to its part by giving the AMG A45 a stout increase in power and performance.

But the real question is this: does Speed-Buster’s program equate to a better value than what rivals Brabus, Vath, and Posaidon have offered? That answer might depend on your perspective. Just know that with this kit, you’re guaranteed to get exactly what you pay for it.

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2018 Mercedes-AMG A45 Black Series

2018 Mercedes-AMG A45 Black Series

Who you callin’ “grocery getter”?

Mercedes first revealed the current third-generation A-Class back in 2012, initially dropping cover at the Geneva Motor Show. These days, it appears as though the five-door hatchback is prepped to receive an update with a fourth-gen model, but before that happens, it looks like the German automaker is gearing up for one helluva swan song. Our carparazzi recently spotted this test mule out on the roads adjacent to the Nurburgring, prompting widespread speculation that Merc is busy crafting an even-hotter variant of the AMG A45. As the last iteration of the current model before it’s replaced, this potential range-topper will likely get more aggressive styling, a race-inspired cabin, and even more output under the hood. We’re thinking a high-performance AWD system with no less than 100 horsepower for each of the tires.

Rumor has it the pumped-up hatchback could be called the A45 R or A45 S, but Merc might also call it the AMG A45 Black Series. While the Black Series designation is usually reserved for two-door models sporting a massive GT-style wing in back, it’s not entirely out of the realm of possibility that this five-door will break the mold.

Unfortunately, Mercedes deems the A-Class unfit for U.S. consumption, which makes this teardrop-shaped ‘Bahn burner a forbidden fruit on these shores. But that doesn’t mean we can’t hope Mercedes reconsiders its position.

More info on the upcoming A-Class is expected in the next few months, but until then, read on for our speculative review.

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2016 Mercedes-AMG A45 RS485+ By Posaidon

2016 Mercedes-AMG A45 RS485+ By Posaidon

Merc’s resident "pocket Hercules" gets more muscles

The Mercedes-AMG A45 has only been around for a couple of years and yet, it’s already been the recipient of a facelift. That’s what happens when you belong in a segment as competitive as the premium hot hatchback market. As competitive as automakers like Mercedes, Audi, and BMW are, the same holds true for aftermarket tuners, especially those who specialize in any of these three German brands. Such is the case with Posaidon, which is following up the release of its RS850+ tuning kit for the Mercedes-AMG E 63 by introducing the RS450+ program for Mercedes’ resident performance hatch. The tuner claims that it can squeeze out 500 horsepower and 409 pound-feet of torque out of the AMG A45’s turbo four engine, making it one of the most powerful kits for the AMT hatch.

Posaidon may not be as much of a household name as Brabus when it comes to Mercedes tuning, but it does have a penchant for delivering the goods. It proved as much when it presented the RS850+ program last month and this particular program has the tools to be a worthy follow-up. There’s not much in the way of other upgrades for the AMG A45, but there is that impressive engine upgrade, which ought to be worth the price of the whole kit considering how much extra power it can provide to performance-hungry owners of the hot hatch.

The tuner does have other services to offer, most of which are available on a per request basis. That might not be an ideal setup for some owners, but for those looking to really customize their AMG A45s to fit their personalities, it’s a chance to really stamp some identity into those premium performance hatchbacks.

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2016 Mercedes-Benz A-Class With AMG Body Kit

2016 Mercedes-Benz A-Class With AMG Body Kit

A new AMG body kit is now available for the Mercedes A-Class

A while back, Mercedes-AMG released a body kit for the C-Class that brought a new front spoiler, side skirts, and rear diffuser, among other things. Due to the overwhelming success of the offering, Mercedes-AMG as decided to expand its offering to the A-Class – specifically the A 250 Sport 4MATIC and other A-Class models equipped with AMG-Line.

These new panels are designed by AMG to offer a unique and individual look for the little hatch and are now available for purchase and installation at all Mercedes dealerships. Due to the overall design of the body kit, installation is very simple, thus, less time consuming. Because of how they are made, they come from the factory with a gloss-black finish and don’t require any painting. There are five parts available in total, all available for individual purchase depending on customer interest.

The body kit offering will eventually extend to other Mercedes models like the C-Class Cabriolet and the CLA saloon sometime in the middle of this year. Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, though, let’s take a look at the A-Class with the full body kit installed and talk a little about what it offers in terms of uniqueness and individuality.

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2016 Mercedes-AMG A 45 4MATIC Champions Edition

2016 Mercedes-AMG A 45 4MATIC Champions Edition

Revamped into a more traditional hatchback in 2012, the third-generation A-Class received its first mid-cycle make over in 2015. Although updates were rather mild on the standard model, Mercedes did offer a Motorsport Edition version that paid homage to the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One team, which won the manufacturers championship in 2014 and, at the time of the hatchback’s release, was on its way to win the 2015 season as well. With the 2015 title already in the bag as of November, Mercedes is celebrating by launching the A45 Champions Edition, a limited-edition model with exclusive features inside and out.

Described as a Silver Arrow for everyday driving, the A45 Champions Edition benefits from all the updates that come with the facelifted model, including the updated 2.0-liter four-cylinder under the hood.

Launched ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in Yas Marina, the final race of the 2015 Formula One season, the A45 Champions Edition will be available only for a limited time. The hatch will go on sale starting January 2016 and will be retired just five months later, in May 2016. Unfortunately, since the standard A45 isn’t sold in the United States, neither will the Champions Edition. Keep reading to find out what you’re missing.

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Chris Harris Makes Short Report On 2015 Frankfurt; Drives A45 AMG: Video

Chris Harris Makes Short Report On 2015 Frankfurt; Drives A45 AMG: Video

The 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show has come to an end, but that doesn’t mean that it is dead just yet. If you’re like me, taking a journey to another country for an auto show just doesn’t fit well in the budget. Then again, who needs to do that when people like Chris Harris put together short and interesting videos that give us a glimpse into what we aren’t able to experience for ourselves.

This video by Chris showcases various models like the 2016 Ford Focus RS, and the 2015 Porsche Mission E concept, among others from BMW, Volkswagen and Lamborghini to name a few. Of course, watching a video of cars doing nothing but looking gorgeous can get boring pretty quick, but that won’t happen here, because in the middle of the video, we get to see Chris review the 2015 Mercedes-AMG A45 as he slides around the track.

The 2015 Mercedes-AMG A45 is one quick hatchback. Far from cheap, it starts out at nearly $63,000, but comes with a segment-topping 381 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. As you’ll see in the video, it hits 62 mph (100 kph) in a mere 4.2 seconds. The A45 isn’t the only interesting thing you’ll see in the video, though. Just wait until you see how big BMW’s display is. Enjoy!

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2015 Mercedes-AMG A 45 4MATIC

2015 Mercedes-AMG A 45 4MATIC

The hot-rod A-Class, known as the A 45 AMG, has been around since 2013, and overall, it’s been quite good. This year, the car receives an update, and Mercedes left nothing to chance in catapulting the five-door to the top of the pile, infusing it with aerodynamic updates, state-of-the-art performance technology, and an absurd amount of power.

It ticks all the right boxes, with stiff suspension, sport seats, oversized brakes, and aggressive looks. But as 2015 passes the halfway point, the battle for hot-hatch supremacy seems to be reaching a boil. Pumped-up, teardrop-shaped commuters with an odd number of doors and loads of performance are popping up at a steady rate, with examples coming from Volkswagen, Ford, Honda and Mazda, among others. Of particular note is the new 2015 Audi RS3, with 367 horsepower, ousting the 360-horse A 45 AMG for most powerful hatchback on the road.

The new A 45 is Merc’s response, fulfilling the prophecy made by AMG boss Tobias Moers when he proclaimed that the new car “...will be the most powerful again.”

Updated 06/29/2015: Mercedes dropped the official details on the facelifted A45 AMG.

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2016 Mercedes-Benz A-Class

2016 Mercedes-Benz A-Class

Now in its third generation, the smallest model in the Mercedes-Benz range has just received its mid-cycle refresh. The timing may seem odd for some people, as the latest A-Class was only unveiled back in 2012, but recent reports have made it clear that Mercedes-Benz is pushing for a slightly shorter shelf life for its models, down from the regular seven years to only six. The 2016 A-Class comes to confirm that Stuttgart is already making use of this strategy.

Even though this is the third-ever A-Class, it actually represents the first time that Mercedes-Benz has ventured into the Audi A3 and BMW 1 Series segment, unless you also count the ill-fated C-Class SportCoupe or the 2013 Mercedes-Benz CLC and the subsequent CLC. Based on a platform called MFA (Modular Front-Wheel-Drive Architecture), the latest A-Class shares most of its underpinnings with the entire compact lineup from Mercedes-Benz, namely the B-Class, GLA-Class, CLA-Class and CLA Shooting Brake.

Essentially sporting a front-wheel-drive architecture, some of its versions also offer a 4MATIC-badged AWD system, something which it desperately needs in its higher-powered variants like the awesome A45 AMG. As expected, the mid-cycle refresh did not change much in terms of exterior or interior design, while most of last year’s engines are carried over with slight improvements.

Updated 06/29/2015: Mercedes dropped the official details on the new generation Mercedes A-Class.

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Future Mercedes-AMG Models Will Get Electric Turbos

Future Mercedes-AMG Models Will Get Electric Turbos

Electric turbocharging is biggest trend going right when it comes to engine innovation, and now Mercedes-AMG is considering the new technology for use in future small-displacement, high-output engines in compact cars, including the next CLA 45 AMG.

The current 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG produces an enormous 360 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque from its traditionally turbocharged 2.0-liter engine. Not exactly lacking, but Mercedes-AMG compact car boss, Steffen Jastrow, recently told Auto Express that more power is needed and electric turbos are likely the way forward for compact AMGs.

“Of course we need more power for the next-generation of cars, but electrification does not mean we have to use an electric drivetrain,” says Jastrow. “They have to be faster and e-turbos are an option. We use them in motorsport, but the technology has to be payable for the customer.”

If it happens, we’ll probably see AMG’s first electric-turbocharged cars after the next A-Class (which will also spawn a new CLA and GLA) debuts in in 2017.

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Mercedes A45 AMG Testing In Germany: Spy Shots

Mercedes A45 AMG Testing In Germany: Spy Shots

Launched about a couple of years ago, the Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG is about to receive a facelift for the 2016 model year. The hot-hatch was spotted testing somewhere in Germany recently, a hint that it might make its public debut by the end of 2015.

Much like the facelifted A-Class, the new A45 AMG will have only minor changes. Although not yet visible on this prototype, it should receive a new bumpers, revised headlamp and taillight clusters, and bigger front intakes. All told, the facelift will be as aggressive as its predecessor on the outside. Inside the cabin, changes will likely be limited to a revised instrument cluster, updated tech, and maybe a slightly rearranged center console layout.

More important modifications should take place under the hood. Word has it AMG will not only update the current 2.0-liter four-pot, but launch an S model as well. While the standard model might get bumped to as much as 375 horsepower, 20 horses more than the current car, the A45 AMG S could deliver some 400 horsepower, which would be enough to make Volkswagen’s upcoming Golf R400 feel uncomfortable.

With the A-Class set to break cover at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, I expect the A45 AMG to arrive sometime in the fourth quarter of the year. There’s no word as to whether Mercedes will finally bring it to the U.S. or not. You’d better keep them fingers crossed.

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Mercedes-Benz To Replace Three-Door A-Class With Small Coupe

Mercedes-Benz To Replace Three-Door A-Class With Small Coupe

The current A-Class shares its platform with the GLA, a crossover; the B-Class, a small minivan; the CLA, a four-door coupe; and the CLA Shooting Brake, a sporty station wagon, thanks to the modularity of the MFA (Modular Front-wheel-drive Architecture) platform. What the A-Class no longer has is a three-door version, unlike its previous generation. That may change with the second generation of the MFA platform, when the three-door A-Class will finally get a replacement in the shape of a small coupe ready to take on the Audi TT.

Oddly enough, when Mercedes-Benz unveiled the Concept A-Class, it chose to use a three-door body, even though the production A-Class only came as a five-door. Merc decided to keep it more simple with the latest A-Class, probably fearing that such a model might take sales form the "baby-CLS", a.k.a. the CLA. Now that the CLA is coming of age and everyone sees it as a standalone model, Autocar thinks that Mercedes-Benz will introduce a two-door coupe to accompany it against both the TT and the future BMW 2 Series Coupe.

The British magazine says that the plan is currently at the drawing board stage, even though Dieter Zetsche, Daimler’s CEO, is allegedly a fervent supporter of such a model. Sporting a 2+2 configuration with either front-wheel drive or AWD for the more powerful versions, the small Mercedes-Benz coupe could also spawn a roadster version to go against the TT Roadster and an unconfirmed BMW Z2 Roadster.

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Revised Mercedes A-Class Reveals Its Interior: Spy Shots

Revised Mercedes A-Class Reveals Its Interior: Spy Shots

The three-year-old Mercedes-Benz A-Class is about to receive a mid-cycle refresh, even though it has been on the market for such a short time. A facelifted prototype of the model has been spied inside and out, and some parts of its refreshed interior are obvious under the light camouflage. As you can see, the refreshed model will feature a new design for the steering wheel, and some parts of the center console will receive improved trim and new interior LED lighting.

The model’s exterior will have fewer restyled features though, as Mercedes-Benz decided to operate on the A-Class’ specifications and overall technical package instead of going for an overly visual refresh. Since the Audi RS3 has recently dethroned the A45 AMG as the world’s most powerful hot-hatch, it is expected that the the Merc will get a more powerful version of the turbocharged, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder it is equipped with.

Keeping in line with the recent Mercedes-AMG strategy, when it comes to both nomenclature and model lineup, the facelifted A45 AMG will likely get two versions, along with a name change. The base model will be renamed Mercedes-AMG A45 and will feature an engine that develops around 380 horsepower, while the more-powerful A45 S is expected to come with over 400 horsepower, just like AMG boss Tobias Moers hinted in 2013. Both the AMG and the regular A-Class should be unveiled in September, at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.

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Holiday Gift Idea: Mercedes-AMG Limited Edition "White Series" Scale Models

Holiday Gift Idea: Mercedes-AMG Limited Edition "White Series" Scale Models

Mercedes-AMG models cost a lot of money, so not everybody can afford to get one this Holiday season. But Mercedes-Benz Accessories is giving buyers a less expensive alternative with the release of five exclusive Mercedes-AMG "White Series" scale models. These limited-edition 1:18 scale models were created by model car design specialist GT Spirit right down the model’s minutest of details. The first batch of releases cover the first five models of the series, featuring AMG vehicles like the A45 AMG Edition 1, the CLA 45 AMG Edition 1, the C63 AMG Black Series, the CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake, and the G65 AMG.

The details behind the creation of the scale models are pretty impressive. GT Spirit actually used 70 to 100 different parts to create these pint-sized mirror images of the actual AMG vehicles. All five models were also given designo diamond-bright white bodies, the same finish all of the real-life AMG models currently offer. A special polyurethane-resin was also used on the body of the models, creating intricate details specifically taken from their full-sized counterparts. Lastly, each of the scale models were given AMG metal plates that show the individual numbering of the specific piece. The numbers go from 0001 to 1000, driving home the point that these scale models come with a lot of exclusivity.

More AMG models are expected to follow suit until GT Spirit runs the entire gamut of Mercedes-AMG’s portfolio. For now, these five models are what’s available and each one of them costs €119 ($148 as of 12/11/2014) per piece. If you’re interested in any one of these models as holiday presents, you can check for their availability at any one of Mercedes-Benz’s sales partners.Unfortunately, although you can buy these scale models now, you’ll have to gift wrap a picture, as they do not ship until January 2015.

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More Powerful Mercedes A45 AMG in the Works

More Powerful Mercedes A45 AMG in the Works

Here at TopSpeed, the word “hardcore” is held in high regard. So you can probably tell how excited we are now that AMG boss Tobias Moers has come out and said that a hardcore version of the Mercedes A45 AMG is in the works. Christmas has come early, ladies and gentlemen!

Speaking with Auto Express, Moers indicated that AMG is planning to build a lighter and more powerful version of the A45 AMG, a “street fighter” in his own words. The way to do that is to make the current iteration lighter, which isn’t a difficult thing to do. All AMG needs to do to drop the car’s weight is replace body panels with a high-downforce carbon-fiber body kit and strip the interior of any unnecessary equipment. That should go a long way in giving the A45 AMG a more svelte profile.

Once that’s done, AMG engineers can turn their attention to the car’s 2.0-liter, turbocharged engine and squeeze more power out of it than the 360 ponies already present on the A45 AMG. Moers has even gone on record saying that it’s possible to do that.

The only issue with this project, according to Moers, is that AMG currently doesn’t have enough manpower to oversee the development. Right now, most of its engineers are tied into other projects, including the Mercedes-AMG GT S and the Mercedes C63 AMG. That’s not even counting the number of facelifts and replacement models that are in the pipeline.

That’s not to say that a metal-twisting A45 AMG isn’t happening; it’s just not arriving anytime soon. But if you’re the patient type, you can take comfort knowing that Mercedes-AMG wants to build one and is planning on doing so. That’s the important takeaway here; it’s now on us to sit patiently and wait for it to arrive.

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2014 Mercedes A45 AMG by Vaeth

2014 Mercedes A45 AMG by Vaeth

Vaeth continues to prove how much it loves working on Mercedes models. The German tuner has time and again created some of the best programs on the market. It’s easy to see why a lot of Merc customers who can’t afford to send their babies to Brabus opt for Vaeth instead. So here’s some good news for owners of the Mercedes A45 AMG; Vaeth has built a program for the hot hatch, and it’s incredible.

One of the things we like about Vaeth is how it can create an impressive program without going too far with its kit. Some tuners are able to go that route but those programs are more about keeping with their personalities. Vaeth doesn’t do that because it sticks to function and purpose more than anything else.

The A45 AMG program is still comprehensive. It comes with aerodynamic updates, interior improvements, a new sports chassis, a new set of wheels, and of course, an engine upgrade.

But even with all those enhancements, the overall result doesn’t take away the A45 AMG’s hot hatch identity. That’s the mark of an aftermarket company that knows what it’s doing and doesn’t shy away from it just because others prefer style over substance.

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2014 Mercedes A45 AMG 'Erika' by AMG Performance Studio

2014 Mercedes A45 AMG ’Erika’ by AMG Performance Studio

Mercedes’ AMG Performance Studio is up to its old tricks again and if we didn’t know any better, we’d say that it has a particular fondness for the Mercedes A45 AMG. Remember back in January when the Performance Studio launched the Petronas Green Edition? Well, its following it up with a new one-off creation called "Erika."

At the onset, Erika will instantly draws attention because of its matte black exterior and the unique pink accents on the grille, mirrors, and rear spoiler. The side graphics also do their part in bringing out the splashiness of this one-off wonder.

Erika’s pink theme continues inside with the pink contrast stitching on the two-tone sports seats and the matching floor mats. As if those aren’t enough, AMG Performance Studio also applied more pink touches on the door sill plates and the air vents.

Under the hood of this custom A45 AMG lies a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces a stout 360 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque while mated to a seven-speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT dual-clutch transmission that sends power to the car’s all-wheel-drive system.

Despite all that cosmetic work, it’s still capable of hitting 62 mph in 4.6 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph. That’s a pretty good combination, especially considering Mother’s day is just around the corner.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG by Brabus

2014 Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG by Brabus

The Mercedes A45 AMG may be considered as the baby brother of AMG’s full lineup, but there’s nothing small about this model once you add Brabus into the mix. Thanks to the German tuner’s comprehensive aerodynamic and performance upgrades, this A45 AMG is ready to tussle with the big boys.

The program is typical of what you can expect from Brabus. Slap on some new aero components, dress up the interior, and drop a performance upgrade on the engine. It’s the three-step process to turning cars like the A45 AMG into veritable pocket rockets.

But the best part about this program — apart from having Brabus’ seal of approval — is the fact that on its own, the A45 AMG is already a pretty powerful Mercedes, capable of producing in excess of 360 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque. This insane power allows the A45 AMG to hit 60 mph in 4.6 seconds to go with a top speed of 155 mph.

But even with those impressive numbers, Brabus was still able to add more ponies to the engine, which in a lot of ways proves that when it comes to Mercedes models, nobody does aftermarket programs better than this tuner.

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