While theÂ 2019 Mercedes-AMG A35 hatchback was supposed to be unveiled at the Paris Auto Show next month, Australia’s Redline released details and images a little prematurely. Normally, a leak this premature would leave us feeling overwhelming suspicious. But the accompanying imagery, all of which is appears to be sourced from Daimler’s marketing department, seems valid.
Unfortunately, this AMG variant is assured to remain in Europe to duke it out with the Audi S3 and Volkswagen Golf R. But when/if Mercedes decides to bring a sedan version stateside, it’ll probably boast similar figures.Â
The initial A-Class AMG is said to receive a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder capable of generating 300 hp between 5,800 and 6,100 rpm. Meanwhile, 295 foot-pounds of torque begins at 3,000 revolutions per minute.Â Redline also claims Mercedes will begin production on the new, beastly A45 sometime in 2019. Output is rumored to surpass 400 hp.
While still front-drive biased, power is sent to all wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and an AMG’s Performance 4Matic all-wheel-drive setup. Up to 50 per cent of the vehicle’s torque can be sent to the rear wheels whenever the system sees fit. Enthusiastic acceleration is expected to yield a zero-to-60 time ofÂ just 4.7 seconds, which is right where you’d want it versus the competition.
Physically, the car has undergone a mild transformation. The most noteworthy change is an rather substantialÂ rear wing and subtly lower ride height. But we’re also noticing a more-aggressive lower fascia and unique rear bumper.Â The interior showcases AMG sport seats, a flat-bottomed leather and microfiber steering wheel, paddle shifters, and Mercedes’s hulking dual-screen setup. There also might be some color matching happening between the exterior paint and interior accents.
Again, this is all unconfirmed. But it sure looks legitimate. We’d expect Mercedes to verify these details as genuine before Paris. Otherwise, confirmation is about a month away.