Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts who are conservative with their wild streak will be thrilled with the Stuttgart brand’s latest product announcement, built with the help of AMG.
For those who prefer the silhouette, slightly statelier image and marginally better high-speed stability of a sedan as opposed to a hatchback, there is now a new A35 sedan.
The work of Mercedes-Benz’s AMG division,
the A35 is a compact sedan featuring all-wheel drive and a potent 2-litre turbocharged
engine. Styled with AMG’s latest twin-louvre grille and rolling signature
18-inch alloy wheels, A35 is purposeful without being outlandishly styled –
like many other AMGs.
It might have a stealthier appearance than most other AMGs, but there is nothing at all restrained about the A35’s performance credentials. The 2-litre turbomotor is good for outputs of 225kW and 400Nm, which are split between all four wheels via a rapid-shifting seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
On a surface with good traction Mercedes claims
that the A35 will run 0-100kph in 4.8 seconds, before reaching an
electronically limited 250kph top speed. Harmonising the car’s dynamics are
adaptive dampers, which offer three stages of adjustment.
Beyond its ability to cover ground
extremely swiftly, the A35 offers 420-litres of boot space and a cabin equipped
with Mercedes-Benz’s latest widescreen digital instrumentation and voice-activated
intelligent infotainment assistance.
Aimed at those customers who are not
completely enamoured by the slightly OTT A45 AMGs, the four-door A35 appears to
be an excellent blend of style, performance and sophistication. Mercedes-Benz seems
to have consolidated all the aforementioned attributes into a compact package which
should be easier to place, park and drive on the limit than many larger, and more
powerful cars, which aren’t any quicker against the clock.