SPIED! Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG Spotted With Wider Front Fenders
Mercedesâ€™ works on the A-Class is no news. The German automakerâ€™s new A35 hatchback which was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show this year was barely a curtain raiser to what the company is planning up ahead.
Reports suggest that Mercedes is planning to introduce a sedan under the same nameplate, exclusively for the US markets. These models are the first of the eight body styles that are planned for Mercedesâ€™ new generation of compacts. We learn that this series of cars will be a direct replacement for the current crop of 45 series.
New spy-shots and a video of a prototype for the A45 hatch was accessed by Motor Authority. We know this is the A45 based on its lower height and wider front fenders than the standard A-Class. Apart from that, we could also see the quad-exhaust tips that typically differentiate the A45 from the dual-tipped A35.
Other visual indicators on the prototype included AMG-style wheels, performance brakes, and enlarged intakes in the front fascia. We could also spot the vertical slats of the AMG specific Panamericana grille.
Mercedes AMGâ€™s compact line-up currently stands with A45 hatch, CLA45 sedan and GLA45 SUV which comes with a top rating of 375 horsepower. However, we expect the next-gen range to be rated up of 400 horses to ensure a fair competition against the Audi Sports counterparts.
The new A-Class is expected to be powered by an uprated version of AMGâ€™s 2.0-litre turbocharged inline-4 engine. However, the company might be planning new tweaks including new fuel injectors, a new turbocharger and changes to the combustion process.
Apart from the new engine set-up, we learn that the car will also benefit from an eight-speed DCT transmission and drift mode. Triple-digit speed capabilities are expected to be clocked under 4 seconds with a restricted top speed of 250kph.
(Image source: Motor Authority)