Following the launch of the Mercedes-AMG A 35 4MATIC “Hot Hatch”, the next level of driving performance is here: The A 35 4MATIC Sedan (combined fuel consumption 7.3-7.2 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions 167-164 g/km) is the second model from Mercedes-AMG based on the new compact car platform and the first choice for customers looking for sportiness and comfort typical of the brand, The exceptional driving dynamics of the agile sedan model are ensured by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine with an output of 225 kW (306 hp), the AMG Speedshift DCT 7G dual-clutch transmission, the AMG suspension and the variable AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive.
The new A 35 4MATIC Sedan expands the current AMG model range by an additional attractive entry-level model. to appeal to young target groups who are looking for a high level of performance and a comfortable amount of space for passengers and luggage. An acceleration time of 4.8 seconds for 0-100 km/h and the top speed of 250 km/h (electronically limited) meet these customers’ requests for high driving dynamics also in the compact segment.
“Following the very successful launch of the hatchback model, things are moving along dynamically in the compact class segment at AMG. Sport saloons are the origin of Mercedes-AMG and part of the brand’s core. With our new A 35, we are transporting this history into modern times in the form of a very attractive model that serves as a point of entry into the world of AMG and also appeals to new customer groups”, states Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes-AMG.
Listens to words, reacts to gestures: the MBUX multimedia system
In the interior of the A 35 4MATIC Sedan, the new MBUX multimedia system combines an intuitive operating structure with sporty design. MBUX creates an even closer connection between the vehicle, driver and passengers with emotionally appealing presentations underlining the clear control structure and brilliant maximum-resolution 3D graphics. Visually, the two displays under one shared glass cover blend into a Widescreen Cockpit consequently emphasising the horizontal orientation of the interior design.
And needless to say, the trailblazing voice control activated with the words “Hey Mercedes” is also on-board. Thanks to artificial intelligence, MBUX recognises and understands nearly all sentences from the fields of infotainment and vehicle operation, even if they are expressed indirectly. In addition, with the new optional MBUX interior assistant, select multimedia functions can be operated hands-free such as the reading light.
True to its own style: the fully digital instrument cluster
Customers can choose between three AMG display styles for the instrument cluster: Classic, Sport & Progressive.
The touchscreen multimedia display emphasises the vehicle’s dynamic character with individual AMG displays such as visualisation of the driving programs, AMG TRACK PACE and telemetry data. Another new feature is the distinct AMG centre console with touchpad and additional switches for operating ESP® , manual transmission mode and adaptive adjustable damping (optional).
Command centre for driving dynamics: new generation of AMG steering wheels
The new generation of AMG steering wheels continues to provide the perfect link between the driver and the vehicle. The steering wheel rim with a flattened lower section, perforated leather in the grip area and red contrasting topstitching is both attractive and pleasant to the touch. The galvanised steering wheel gearshift paddles allow an even sportier driving style with manual gear shifting. The integral touch control buttons can be used to intuitively select the displays of the instrument cluster and the multimedia system by means of horizontal and vertical swiping and to position them according to individual preferences.
The optional AMG Performance steering wheel can be fitted upon request with some innovative additional elements. These consist of a round controller with an integrated display beneath the right-hand steering-wheel spoke, plus two vertically positioned colour display buttons with switches beneath the left-hand steering-wheel spoke. The AMG drive programs can be actuated directly via the controller. The selected drive program is shown on the colour LCD display directly integrated in the controller.
With the two freely configurable display buttons and the additional switches, further AMG functions can be controlled within easy reach, directly on the steering wheel. Each function required can be depicted on the other LCD display, and its switch is tapped by the driver to set the respective function. The driver’s two preferred AMG functions can be defined in this way and the settings changed with just one tap of the finger.
Reacts well to the throttle: the 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine
The 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine boasts a spontaneous response to accelerator pedal commands, high tractive power (400 Nm max. torque from 3000 rpm), a supremely lively response and an engine sound typical of AMG. A twin-scroll turbocharger is used for turbocharging. combining optimum responsiveness at low engine speeds with a strong power increase at higher speeds.
Together with two separate exhaust ducts in the exhaust manifold, this makes it possible to channel the exhaust gases separately on the turbine wheel. The exhaust system features an automatically controlled exhaust flap as standard. Depending on the drive program selected the sound is modulated from balanced to powerful.
Faster gearshifts: the dual-clutch transmission
The AMG Speedshift DCT 7G dual-clutch transmission contributes to the agile and dynamic character of the new A 35 4MATIC Sedan. The gear ratios have been configured so that the driver experiences very spontaneous acceleration in all speed ranges, combined with fast shifting and optimum connections when shifting up.
The standard Race-Start function allows maximum acceleration from stationary, offering a highly emotional experience. The functions of the transmission are rounded off with a temporary M mode activated by operating the steering wheel shift paddles in any driving mode, and with the manual transmission mode “M” for manual gear shifting with the shift paddles.
Variable and agile: AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive
Dynamism, agility and performance – these three attributes characterise the standard all-wheel drive of the new AMG A 35 4MATIC Sedan. The variable AMG Performance 4MATIC combines the best possible traction with lots of driving fun. The torque distribution is infinitely variable to suit the dynamic handling requirements. The spectrum ranges from front-wheel drive only to a 50:50 percent distribution to the front and rear axles.
A multi-disc clutch that is integrated in the rear axle transmission is responsible for the variable torque distribution between the front and rear axles. It is controlled electro-mechanically. The influencing factors for torque distribution are not only the driving speed, the lateral and longitudinal acceleration and the steering angle, but also the difference in rotational speed between the individual wheels, the gear selected and the accelerator position.
The main advantages of electro-mechanical control over an electro-hydraulic system relate to sharper driving dynamics – primarily due to the significantly faster response and speed-independent actuation of the discs over the entire adjustment range.
Always the right drive program for the right attitude
The five AMG Dynamic Select drive programs “Slippery”, “Comfort”, “Sport”, “Sport +” and “Individual” enable a wide range of vehicle characteristics from comfortable to dynamic. They change relevant parameters, such as the response of the engine and transmission.
The new “Slippery” drive program is optimised for low-grip, icy road conditions, with reduced power and a flat torque curve. Smooth gear changes, earlier upshifts and the ECO start/stop system support the stability-focused driving impression. The “Comfort” program stands for comfortable and fuel-efficient driving, for example thanks to very early upshifts. Suspension and steering are set up with an emphasis on comfort, the ECO start/stop system is active.
“Sport” and “Sport+” place the focus on agility and driving pleasure with sporty engine and transmission tuning. The sound of the turbocharged engine becomes more distinctive. The ECO start/stop system is inactive. “Sport+” is particularly emotional with double-declutching during downshifts and partial cylinder cut-off via a brief and precisely defined retardation of ignition and injection at full load.
The “Individual” drive program enables the individual parameters to be selected and saved according to personal preferences. In addition, the gliding function is available in the “Reduced” and “Moderate” drive settings.
Combines agility and stability: AMG DYNAMICS
As a new feature in the AMG Dynamics Select drive programs, the new A 35 4MATIC Sedan comes with AMG Dynamics. This integrated dynamic handling control system extends the stabilising functions of ESP® with agile interventions according to the driver’s wishes. During dynamic cornering, imperceptible braking intervention on the rear inside wheel creates a defined yawing moment about the vertical axis. The effect: The A 35 4MATIC Sedan steers spontaneously and very precisely.
The different manifestations of AMG Dynamics are called “Basic” and “Advanced”. On the multimedia display, when a drive program is selected, the new AMG Dynamics symbol is displayed together with the corresponding additional information. In the “Individual” drive program the driver can set the AMG Dynamics levels individually.
Precise and accurate: speed-sensitive sports steering
The speed-sensitive, electro-mechanical sports power steering supports a sporty driving style with its direct turn-in ability. It has a special rack with variable transmission ratio and two characteristic curves: depending on which drive program the driver has selected, it provides taut and sporty or more comfortable steering feedback. The rigid mounting in the integral carrier connects the steering even better with the body and thus increases steering precision.
Data logger for use on the race track: AMG Track Pace
AMG Track Pace is also available as an option for the new A 35 4MATIC Sedan. This virtual race engineer is part of the MBUX multimedia system and permanently records more than 80 vehicle-specific data (e.g. speed, acceleration) while driving on a race track. Lap and sector times are also displayed, as well as the respective difference to a reference time. Because specific display elements are shown in green or red, drivers are able to see whether they are currently faster or slower than the best time.
After putting in some fast laps, the driver can use the data to analyse and, if necessary, improve their driving skills. Thanks to a newly developed algorithm which determines the vehicle position as precisely as possible, AMG Track Pace can detect when the circuit has been left or it has been shortened. This is done using GPS data as well as the sensors available in the vehicle (acceleration, gyroscope, steering angle, wheel speeds).
The MBUX Augmented Reality function also allows the ideal line of a stored race track to be displayed on the multimedia display or optional head-up display, allowing the driver to improve lap times with a virtual instructor on board.
Attractive packages as optional equipment
The optional AMG Aerodynamics Package developed in the wind tunnel improves handling at high speeds. The front apron with larger front splitter and additional flics in high-gloss black, as well as the larger AMG spoiler lip on the rear boot lid, increase the downforce. The lateral spoilers around the visual air outlets of the rear apron and the diffuser blade also have a high-gloss black finish.
Likewise optionally available is the AMG Night Package. The striking black design elements underscore the sporty-expressive vehicle character. Additionally there are the heat insulating dark tinted windows from the B-pillar.