• 2023 Mercedes-AMG A35

The Mercedes AMG A35 is the VW Golf R’s most serious German competitor and an updated version is almost upon us

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In 2012, the Mercedes A-Class finally became what it should have been from the beginning – a proper hatchback. With the W177-generation, the A-Class improved upon the traditional hatchback body type even more and now, a facelift is in the making. The latest spy footage suggests that the mildly hot AMG A35 is out testing and, given the amount of camouflage, the hot hatchback is almost ready for a debut.

2023 Mercedes-AMG A35 Exterior Spyshots
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The new footage shows very little camouflage on both test cars. While the front is entirely veiled, the rear section features camouflage only on the taillights and upper portion of the tailgate.

This suggests that, like the regular versions of the A-Class, the facelift AMG A35 will feature a revised front fascia with a new front grille, redesigned headlights, and different air inlets.

The rear will experience relatively mild changes consisting of new taillights, which are expected to feature a different LED texture.

Given that the interior was also veiled, we expect to find changes there as well. However, they will not be major and would, most likely, consist of a bigger touchscreen and the latest version of the MBUX infotainment system. New materials and color schemes are also likely to be made available.

2023 Mercedes-AMG A35 Exterior Spyshots
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At the moment, the second most powerful A-Class – the AMG A35 – relies on a 2.0-liter, turbocharged inline-four engine that makes 306 horsepower and 295 pound-feet (400 Nm), which are sent to all four wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. This tandem allows for a 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) time of 4.5 seconds.

2020 Mercedes-AMG A35 specifications
Engine 2.0-litre R4 with exhaust turbocharger
Displacement 1991 cc
Max. output 306 hp at 5800-6100 rpm
Peak torque 295 lb-ft at 3000-4000 rpm
Drive system AMG Performance 4MATIC fully variable all-wheel drive
Transmission AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7G dual-clutch transmission
Efficiency class D
0 to 60 mph 4.5 s
Top speed 155 mph
2023 Mercedes-AMG A35 Exterior Spyshots
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Will it be a match for the Volkswagen Golf R?

At this point, it is unknown whether or not the direct-injected unit of the A35 will gain power, with the arrival of the facelift. As for the official debut of the revised Mercedes A-Class AMG A35, it is expected to happen sometime in 2022. Of course, the changes that come with the facelift of the W177-generation are expected to eventually transition to the sedan body type.

Dim Angelov
Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read full bio
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