Mercedes will expand its entry-level AMG range with the new A-Class sedan.
Mercedes has already revealed the long wheelbase next-generation A-Class sedan, which is a China-exclusive model. The global-spec regular wheelbase A sedan is set to debut soon, and these spy photos, captured by our partner Quattroruote, confirm that the upcoming sedan will also spawn a sporty AMG variant.
The three-box A35 has been spotted lapping the Nurburgring. While the camouflaged test mule does not look drastically different from the China-spec A sedan, the finer details such as the front air intakes, apparent reduced ground clearance, dual exhaust terminals at rear and big alloy wheels hint at a powerful AMG tuned powerplant lying under its bonnet.
Talking of that engine, it is expected to be a reworked version of the 2.0-litre, turbo 4-cylinder that powers the current AMG A-Class. However, rumours also point towards a new AMG A50 variant debuting on the new model, which will combine the A35’s engine with Merc’s EQ electric technology to pump higher horsepower and instantaneous torque.
For those unaware, the new Mercedes A-Class sedan will not replace the CLA, but will exist alongside it. The next-gen model of the latter is also under development. While the standard wheelbase A-Class’ global debut is imminent, this spied AMG version is expected to be revealed only in 2019.