If you’ve been on tenterhooks waiting for updates on the sedan edition of Mercedes’ AMG A35, we can finally bring you some good news. Just last month, the model was given a big reveal ahead of its appearance at the New York Auto Show in April. And we can tell you, this spicier, souped up version of the AMG is looking pretty impressive. According to reports, the 2020 Mercedes-AMG A35 Sedan will be the first of a new breed of lower tier four cylinder AMG cars. The question is, does the market need it? Sure, it looks flashy – it definitely has visual flair and style – but is it all that different to the AMG A35 hatchback? Let’s take a closer look and find out.
Taking a Peek beneath the Hood
First things first; this car is a powerful, robust little animal. Then again, it’s folly to expect anything less from Mercedes. The AMG A35 hatchback is certainly no stranger to torque or horsepower and its little sister boasts very similar stats. In fact, it’s near identical. All of that force originates from a turbocharged 2.0 liter engine which has been paired with the classic Mercedes 4Matic all-wheel drive system and a seven speed dual clutch transmission. As the transmission is automatic, expect stellar handling in built up areas like towns and cities. Yes, you’ve got a decent amount of power in this car, but you’ve also got a great deal of practicality when needed and that’s down to the market leading drive and transmission systems on show here.
Speaking of power, Cnet.com reports the 2020 Mercedes-AMG A35 Sedan offers 302 horsepower at 5800rpm. Tucked under its unassuming hood, drivers will also find an impressive 295lb of torque. According to Road and Track, the sedan model is able to leap from 0-60mph in less than five seconds. We’ve got no reason to doubt the claim. However, it’s worth pointing out Mercedes has been pretty scant with its insights until now. There’s a lot of stuff we’ll find out for the first time at the April auto show; such as whether the Mercedes-AMG A35 Sedan can really be nippier than the all-wheel drive A220 sedan.
Getting a Feel for Driving and Handling
One significant difference between the 2020 Mercedes-AMG A35 Sedan and other recent AMG releases is the addition of a controllable exhaust. In other models, this has been available as an optional feature. For the 2020 AMG-A35, it’s a standard inclusion. The AMG-A35 sedan boasts five driving modes, only two of which are different from standard AMG offerings – Slippery and Sport+. Slippery mode is, obviously, designed to increase control and responsiveness in tricky conditions. When roads are slick and wet, for example, it kicks in with quicker, more precise responses in place of all that raw power. The automotive experts at Motor Authority say when slip is detected, up to half of the car’s drive torque can be directed to the rear axle.
Sport+ mode also adds faster responses, tighter steering and extended gear holds which manage to feel notably less clunky than they did on some older AMG models. Stick the car in any one of these new driving modes and you’ll get a tighter, more controlled (if slightly less exciting) ride. There are some significant differences to the suspension system too. The A35 sedan builds on the standard A-class model by offering adjustable dampers as an extra feature. Drivers can also choose to add bigger vented disc brakes (13.8 inches in front, 13.0 inches in back) and a precision tuned steering rack. Plus, we can now confirm the 2020 model WILL come with the option of an AMG Dynamics system.
We got our first peek at this in the recent C63 Coupe and, ever since then, we’ve been dying to see it showcased across more of the Benz collection. It boosts stability control and brake based torque vectoring by quite a margin if used in combination with the right driving modes (one word: Sport+).
Some Insights on the A35 Sedan’s Aesthetics
You’ll be pleased to know the A35 Sedan comes with a raft of really cool style updates and upgrades. For instance, it’s got a twin bar grille, a sleek rear lip spoiler and a front bumper with noticeably larger vent holes. We’re looking forward to getting up close and personal with the round exhaust tips as well – it’s a styling choice which makes sense but we’re not sure how elegantly it’ll sit around the rear diffuser.
We’re also very excited about the dual screen dashboards because they, allegedly, offer AMG’s unique Supersport mode. This will be an exclusive so we can’t wait to take a peek and see what kind of features are going to transform the driving experience. Some other notable inclusions are touchscreen buttons for switching between driving modes. It’s not going to have a huge impact on ride quality but, let’s face it, it’s pretty cool anyway.
Drivers will also have the option to add red trim highlights to the interior of their 2020 Mercedes-AMG A35 Sedan. It’s not for everybody but we have seen some snaps of these highlights and they’re a bit classier than you might expect. They give the sedan a flashy car sports aesthetic. It just adds that bit of extra sparkle if you want it.
The Final Word on the Mercedes-AMG A35
It’s interesting that AMG’s CEO has called the A35 Sedan an ‘entry point into the world of AMG.’ This implies it will be priced somewhere between the standard A220 and something like the AMG CLA45. Early predictions suggest a starting cost (for the standard car, no extras) of around $45,000. It’s not long until the Mercedes-AMG A35 makes its proper debut at the New York Auto show. So, while we’re excited about what we’ve seen so far, this is our (and your) first chance to experience what AMG has in mind for the future of this line.