With 302 horsepower on tap, it will reach 60 mph in under 5 seconds.
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The new Mercedes A-Class Sedan is an excellent entry-level product that serves as a great way to get acclimated to Mercedes-Benz's lineup. But, with just 188 horsepower on tap, the A220 isn't exactly going to bend any necks. Thankfully, Mercedes-AMG has the new A35, which made its debut at the 2019 New York Auto Show.
The heart of the AMG A35 is a turbocharged, 2.0-liter I4 engine, producing a respectable 302 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque -- healthy increases over the aforementioned 188 hp and 221 lb-ft available in the A220. This engine mates to a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission, and power gets to the ground via Mercedes' 4Matic all-wheel-drive system.
As its name suggests, the A35 isn't quite as powerful as the outgoing CLA45 sedan, which made a bonkers-by-comparison 375 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. But we'll also bet our bottom dollar Mercedes has higher-output AMG versions in the works -- not to mention boosted variants of the new
Still, the AMG A35 should be a competent performer. Mercedes-Benz says the sedan will accelerate to 60 miles per hour in 4.7 seconds, which is about the same as the 280-horsepower
with which the A35 will most closely compete.
The A35 will come with retuned, speed-sensitive, variable sport steering, as well as larger brakes and a stiffer suspension (with optional adjustable dampers), all of which should make the sedan more enjoyable to drive. The base A220 is already a lovely steer, so we expect good things from its higher-power sibling.
Inside, the A35 will pack all the same luxury and tech features as the A220 sedan, including Mercedes' new MBUX infotainment tech. With its pair of high-resolution screens, augmented reality navigation overlays and natural-speech voice control, MBUX offers one of the best infotainment setups in the premium space.
The Mercedes-AMG A35 Sedan will greet the public for the first time at the
New York Auto Show
in April, and should arrive in dealerships near the end of 2019. Pricing hasn't been announced just yet, but since the A220 4Matic sedan starts at $34,500 before options, expect AMG A35 pricing to start somewhere around $45,000.
Originally published March 26. Update, April 17: Adds new photos from the show floor.