The German firm's mega-hatch has been spotted testing with minimal body cladding
4 May 2012

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.

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Myk

4 May 2012

[quote Autocar]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. [/quote]

I find the best way to keep a car secret is to drive around in public with only minimal disguise.

4 May 2012

[quote Autocar]The new pictures reveal some substantial tweaks to the standard car’s styling compared to the standard A-class on which it is based.[/quote]

Substantial? Intrigued...

[quote Autocar]Chief among them[/quote]

...so excited...

[quote Autocar]are large AMG wheels, a revised front end with larger intakes and a new rear bumper to accommodate larger AMG exhausts.[/quote]

...ah! So exactly what they do on every other AMG variant, and what will be available to tick on the options list for an A140.

4 May 2012

[quote Autocar]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.[/quote] Funny, I thought the Audi RS3 had a 2.5-litre 5-cylinder engine....?

4 May 2012

I think Audi and BMW should be seriously concerned about the new A-Class. On styling alone it has both the (yawn) New A3 and (yuk) New 1-series beaten. Only the interior is spoilt by that dodgy iPad style centre console screen - it looks like a last minute bodge job. Shame they don't seem to have any plans for a 3 door version.

4 May 2012

I have to say I am rather confused by this new A Class, the base price for the current one according to Mercedes Benz UK is £16k, the new B Class is about £21k, according to Autocar the new A Class will start at £24k, is it really worth £8k more than the old model seeing as they scrapped the expensive to build floorpan? Wasn't the previous model B Class more than the A Class?

4 May 2012

I really like the look of this car! If it was called the 'A20 AMG', I'd be much happier! But that's just my OCD kicking in! Still, I'd love to have a go in one!

4 May 2012

[quote Ozmosis][quote Autocar]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.[/quote] Funny, I thought the Audi RS3 had a 2.5-litre 5-cylinder engine....?[/quote] Me too, and we're right ;)

5 May 2012

[quote Quattro369]Shame they don't seem to have any plans for a 3 door version.[/quote]

+1

A 3-door is much sportier looking IMHO and would surely appeal more to a substantial percentage of this car's market.

It's good to see more quality competition in the hot hatch sector, though.

5 May 2012

Blow me down! I recognise that flame styling, reminiscent of BMWs of a few years back. I always said that Mercedes Benz was a decade behind BMW. Engelbert

5 May 2012

[quote Autocar]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 fron...Read the full article[/quote] Not different enough,Audi,Golf,Leon,Merc is just joining the look-a-like club,plus, being a Merc it will be dearer.

Peter Cavellini.

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