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2020 Mercedes-AMG A45

2020 Mercedes-AMG A45

The company’s cool hatchback goes wilder than ever!

The Mercedes-AMG A45 is a high-performance version of the fourth-generation hatchback. The five-door model was spotted testing numerous times in Europe, and it will break cover in production form by the end of 2019. The AMG A45 will join existing versions of the regular model as well as the AMG A35 that the company introduced earlier in 2019. Although the A-Class is now in its fourth-generation, this will be only the second generation of the AMG A45 model.

Much like its predecessor, the upcoming AMG A45 will look like a beefed-up A-Class on the outside. We’ve already seen the AMG A35, so it’s safe to assume that Mercedes-Benz will only enhance a few features. The two hatchbacks will be very similar inside the cabin, where Mercedes brings together the A-Class’ impressive design and tech with unique and sporty features. Under the hood, an AMG-prepped four-cylinder will deliver close to 400 horsepower. For the first time ever, Mercedes will roll out an AMG A45 S version with more than 400 horses. Let’s find out more about that in the speculative review below.

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2020 Mercedes-AMG A 35 L

2020 Mercedes-AMG A 35 L

German automaker offers a performance-focused stretched sedan for its lovely clientele in China

The Chinese market has always been a hotbed for limousines. In recent years, though, a different kind of limousine has enraptured the hearts and wallets of Chinese consumers. Stretched sedans have exploded in popularity in the People’s Republic, so much so that automakers from all over the world build these models specifically to cater to the whims of the Chinese car-buying population. Mercedes-Benz has taken full advantage of this. It offers the A-Class L, C-Class L, and now, the AMG A 35 L. As the name implies, the AMG A 35 L carries a bit of AMG’s racy DNA with it. It’s fast, powerful, and, most importantly in this instance, has a stretched out interior that provides more rear legroom space for an owner to take full advantage of as the business of hard labor is left in the hands and feet of the hired chauffeur. The Mercedes-AMG A 35 L is the latest example of the automotive mind meld that is the stretched sedan. But, hey, it’s popular in China, and what’s popular in the world’s largest auto market is a goldmine for auto brands like Mercedes. Better get used to the stretched sedans; it doesn’t look like they’re going away anytime soon.

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2020 Mercedes-AMG A35 Sedan

2020 Mercedes-AMG A35 Sedan

Uh oh, the Audi S3 Sedan is in big trouble!

The Mercedes-AMG A35 is a performance-oriented version of the A-Class Sedan. The A35 slots between the regular A-Class Sedan and the upcoming Mercedes-AMG A45 and competes against the Audi S3 Sedan in the U.S. and the BMW 1 Series Sedan in China. Compared to the regular A-Class Sedan, the AMG A35 stands out thanks to a slightly sportier exterior, a revised interior with unique features, and a beefed-up four-cylinder engine that generates in excess of 300 horsepower.

Not only does it provided competition to the cool Audi S3 Sedan, but the AMG A35 Sedan will also be here to go against the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe that’s scheduled to arrive in 2020. After several years with the S3 Sedan as the only option in this niche, Mercedes joins in to start a fresh battle in the subcompact performance sedan market. Is the AMG A35 Sedan good enough for the Audi S3 Sedan? Let’s find out in the review below.

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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 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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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.

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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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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.

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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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