The all-new A35. One of Mercedes new master creations. Does it have what it takes to rival the success of rivals like the Golf R or S3?
Mercedes-AMG has unveiled its latest hot hatch the new A35, at the 2018 Paris motor show. Targeted firmly at the Audi S3 and VW Golf R. The turbocharged A35 four-wheel drive is based on the same platform as the new Mercedes A-class hatch. The A35 is filling up space in the line between the VW Golf GTI rivalling A250 and the upcoming A45, coming in 2019. The A35 is packing 302bhp turbocharged engine with four-wheel drive. Also claims to 0-62mph in 4.7 and a top speed of 155mph which is electronically limited.
The design of the Mercedes-AMG A35 is quite familiar with adding the usual array of subtle AMG design cues to the new A class body. More noticeable changes are at the front, which includes a redesigned front grille and apron with a distinctive double bar design. Also, On the rear, new exhaust tips and an AMG badge on the tailgate.
More apparent changes in this new model are the cars stacked rear wing and front bumper-mounted dive planes. Both of which will be most likely be available on an optional aero package, much like the current A45.
Now, this is where the real interest lies, because the A35 was developed in parallel with the more potent A45. Which means both cars share similar parts and components. Moreover, this also means the Mercedes-AMG A35 was engineered with the same eye on driver involvement as other AMG products. For example, the body shell has been tightened up for better handling precision.
At the heart of the Mercedes-AMG A35 is a tuned version of the Mercedes 2-litre four-cylinder engine, backed up with a twin-scroll turbocharger to deliver 302bhp. Also mated to this is the latest Mercedes AMG Speedshift 7G dual-clutch gearbox, coming with race start and launch control! A sports exhaust with active exhaust flap promises a suitably popping soundtrack when you’re putting the engine at work.
As with the A35’s rivals, it features a sophisticated electronically controlled four-wheel drive system. Additionally, A Dubbed AMG Performance 4matic the system runs in front-wheel drive but can send to the rear axle up to 50% of the engine’s torque if that is needed.
As you would expect there are various driving modes which change the way the car operates. (Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ & Individual) The gear changes can be subtly altered to create sharper handling. As you’d expect the different driving modes also have an effect on steering weight, throttle response, gearshifts and the stiffness of the adaptive dampers.
Mixed in with all these additional settings is what Mercedes call its AMG Dynamics system. Which is essentially a two-stage system. This new system uses ESP to influence the car’s rate of turn in yaw. So it can prepare in advance and brake specific wheels which in return will result in quicker steering for more agile handling. The steering can be tuned for faster responses via the different driving modes.
To highlight the serious performance car, the car is available with an optional track pace data logger. Which can record up to 80 different performance parameters. Includes many popular tracks around the globe. Also, you can add your private tracks.
Stepping inside the A35 benefits from the same slick styled and technologically advanced features as the standard A class. This means that ahead of the driver is an optional TFT dial pack. Which within the A35 features three unique AMG instrument layouts. Also inside are the particular AMG steering wheel and some heavily supporting seats. There is also a widescreen infotainment screen in the centre of the dashboard. With a special Mercedes MBUX architecture that allows you to use a voice command to access various car functions and information.