• Entry level performance model for Mercedes-AMG
  • Powered by 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder with 7-speed DCT
  • Compact sedan boasts 302 horsepower, 295 lb-ft of torque
  • 0-60 mph acceleration in 4.7 seconds
  • Current Mercedes-Benz A220 4Matic starts at $34,500


In introducing the 2020 Mercedes-AMG A35 to its range of entry level A-Class models, the German automaker has added a healthy dose of high performance in its newest sport sedan. Equipped with the same turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, the AMG treatment boosts output to 302 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, a big boost over the stock 188 horses and 221 lb-ft.

Mated to a 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission, the reworked engine propels the compact sedan to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds. Top speed will be announced later, as will pricing. The current 2019 Mercedes-Benz A220 4Matic starts at $34,500 plus $995 delivery. Expect the AMG A35 to start above $40,000 when it goes on sale a year from now in Spring 2020.

"Following the very successful launch of the hatchback model, things are moving along dynamically in the compact class segment at AMG. Sport sedans are the origin of Mercedes-AMG and part of the brand's core. With our new A35, 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.

Distinctive looks

Riding on the same 107.4-inch wheelbase as the standard A 220, the 2020 Mercedes-AMG A35 is distinguished by its twin-louver grille design, AMG front bumper with accents on the air intakes, a front splitter and chrome trim. The A35 rides on 18-inch alloy wheels, although 19-inch rims are available as an option. At the rear, the sedan sports two-part taillamps and a new diffuser, which emphasizes the car’s width. Completing the look is a decklid spoiler and two round exhaust tips.

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The interior is pure AMG offered in MB-Tex and Dinamica microfiber with red contrast stitching and red seatbelts. A man-made leather called Artico is also available in a black and gray combination. The A35 is fitted with a flat-bottom sport steering wheel covered in leather with red stitching and is equipped with sequential paddle shifters. An optional AMG Performance steering wheel is also available with controls that allow the driver to directly engage the five AMG Drive modes rather than reaching for the console mounted button. The AMG Drive modes include Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual.

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Glass cockpit

The Mercedes-AMG A35 is equipped with larger 10.25-inch screens for both the main instrument cluster and the center infotainment display. The instrument cluster is configurable in three versions with the Supersport mode featuring a larger tachometer with additional data displayed in bar graphs to the right and left of the center dial.

The central touchscreen can also be used to show AMG driving programs like AMG Track Pace with telemetry. It’s also controlled by a new touchpad with additional switches mounted on the AMG-unique center console. The A35 also features MBUX, the new voice recognition interface that responds to “Hey, Mercedes.”

Among the optional packages developed for the A35 include an AMG Aerodynamic Package which improves high speed handling and incorporates a larger lip spoiler and later spoilers around the air outlets at the rear bumper. Also available is the AMG Night Package which adds blacked-out elements and dark tinted rear windows.

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