Mercedes has expanded its entry-level AMG offering with the A35 Saloon.
The A35 Saloon slots in beneath the C43 as Affalterbach’s new entry-level saloon model. Set to go on sale later this year, it is the second model from AMG to run on Mercedes’ compact car platform following the A35 hatchback, and will compete with Audi’s S3 Saloon and the BMW M240i.
The A35 Saloon uses the same 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine as the A35 hatch, producing 302bhp and 295lb ft of torque. AMG claims a 0-62mph time of 4.8 seconds, just 0.1 slower than the hatchback, while top speed is electronically limited to 155mph.
Power is sent to all four wheels through a dual-clutch seven-speed automatic gearbox and Mercedes’ 4Matic all-wheel drive system, which can vary from fully front-wheel drive to a 50:50 front/rear distribution depending on driving conditions. It uses MacPherson strut front and multi-link rear suspension, and can be optioned with adaptive dampers.
"Following the very successful launch of the hatchback model, things are moving along dynamically in the compact class segment at AMG,” Mercedes-AMG CEO Tobias Moers said. “Sport saloons are the origin of Mercedes-AMG and part of the brand's core.”