Mercedes-Benz says the four-wheel drive, 300bhp hot Mercedes A-class that it is planning is part of a push to make the car and brand appeal to a young audience.
The German manufacturer will bring in an AMG-badged performance A-class later this year, with a launch planned at the Paris motor show in September. The standard A-class range has been unveiled at the Geneva motor show.
The launch range of the A-class will consist of the same engines as the recently introduced B-class – 107bhp and 136bhp turbocharged 1.8-litre common rail diesels and a turbocharged 1.6-litre direct injection petrol unit in two states of tune that produces either 154bhp or 120bhp.
A 250bhp front-wheel drive model and the full-on AMG will form the performance options, with the latter taking the A25 AMG name. Both will use heavily reworked versions of Mercedes’ existing M271/M274 turbocharged four-cylinder petrol motor.
Merc’s AMG division has called on the services of its High Performance Engine (HPE) offshoot in Brixworth, Northamptonshire, for engineering help in the development of the engine.