Mercedes-Benz has tried to keep the new Mercedes A25 AMG hot hatch a well-guarded secret, but test mules sporting minimal cladding have been caught testing in southern Germany.
The German car maker is expected to officially unveil the Mercedes-Benz A25 AMG at the Paris motor show later this year.
The new pictures reveal some substantial tweaks to the standard car’s styling compared to the standard A-class on which it is based. Chief among them are large AMG wheels, a revised front end with larger intakes and a new rear bumper to accommodate larger AMG exhausts.
Confirmed details about the mechanicals are scarce but the mega hatch is expected to be four-wheel drive with power coming from a heavily modified version of Merc’s current M271/M274 petrol engine.
Mercedes Benz High Performance Engines, the German car maker’s Nottingham-based subsidiary that builds F1 engines, has been involved in the development of the 2.0-litre engine, which Merc insists will have a higher power output that the Audi’s 2.0-litre 335bhp unit doing duty in the RS3.
The new engine is also earmarked for the larger CLC25 AMG and CLC25 Shooting Brake AMG, both scheduled to be launched next year.