BMW M2 and Audi RS3 rival, the AMG A45, will get a power hike with its next-generation model; expected in 2019
29 July 2016

The next Mercedes-AMG A45 4Matic is set to get a further boost in performance from the manufacturer.

The move is part of a plan to enhance the four-wheel-drive mega-hatch’s competitiveness against rivals such as the recently introduced Audi RS3 and BMW M2, sources have told Autocar.

Currently in the early stages of development, the second-generation A45 is scheduled to go on sale in early 2019. It will be the flagship model for an extended range of A-Class models that will include a new plug-in petrol-electric hybrid.  

Changes to the A45’s body structure mean that it will be marginally longer than today’s version and adopt a higher percentage of aluminium in a bid to retain a similar kerb weight. It will also feature an updated version of AMG’s M133-designated turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine and the multi-plate four-wheel drive system used in today’s model.

The reworked 2.0-litre four-pot engine will be given a series of changes that include revised fuel injectors, an altered turbocharger and subtle revisions to the combustion process. These tweaks are said to enable the engine to kick out up to 200bhp per litre — a figure that hints at more than a 20bhp increase in reserves at over 400bhp.

This compares with 375bhp for the existing A45, which gained a 20bhp increase over the original model earlier this year. It is also significantly more than the 362bhp of the turbocharged 2.5-litre fivecylinder RS3 and 365bhp of the turbocharged 3.0-litre six-cylinder M2. Accompanying the more powerful engine will be an AMG version of Mercedes’ upcoming nine-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, which will be introduced on less powerful versions of the A-Class in late 2018.

With a new software map and unique ratios, along with tweaks to the four-wheel drive system and electric differential, a 0-62mph time of less than 4.0sec is regarded as a key engineering goal for the new A45.

The A45 won’t be the only AMG-engineered model in the new A-Class line-up, though.

Autocar can confirm that plans also exist for a second-tier model in a move similar to that made further up the Mercedes-AMG line-up with the likes of the C43, GLC43, SLK43 and E43.

Secrecy surrounds the new lower-rung AMG model, but insiders at the performance division’s Affalterbach headquarters suggest it will closely challenge the Volkswagen Golf GTI.

It is understood to forgo the updated M133 engine used by the next A45 for a powered-up version of Mercedes’ standard turbocharged 2.0-litre M270 engine, developing around 275bhp. 

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29 July 2016
Giving 400hp, I sure it's fully tested for long term use but at the back of my mind I'd rather have the more cylinders and capacity approach of BMW/Audi. Plus, it would seem better value for money

 

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29 July 2016
...Agreed xxxx , four cylinder engines even with their ridiculous synthesised exhaust notes and extra 'pops' on upshifts just don't sound expensive. The old Golf R32 sounds really good in comparison.
Frankly the 'arms race' to have the most horsepower is getting as daft in hatchbacks as super saloons/estates.

29 July 2016
I agree
Hydrogen cars just went PLOP

29 July 2016
I agree
Hydrogen cars just went PLOP

29 July 2016
I agree
Hydrogen cars just went PLOP

31 July 2016
xxxx. wrote:

I agree

Well do you agree or not?

I don't need to put my name here, it's on the left

 

jer

29 July 2016
From F1 would make more sense with the AMG Advanced power train connections. Surely some of the harvesting tech can be industrialised in the near future.

29 July 2016
The SLC43 is the range topping flagship SLC and not a second tier model
It pains me to write that as the SLC 43 AMG is NOT a real AMG . Its a dogs breakfast of an abortion and should sit below the REAL AMG SLC that they have yet to give us. (AMG cant even write AMG on the gear selector) The A45 already humbles the SLC this would be another kick in the teeth fot the SLC. Make the SLC AMG A real AMG and stop watering down this car.

29 July 2016
Crap! I was hoping for 500bhp. So disappointed! Are they even trying?

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