The new A35 4Matic expands the AMG model portfolio as an attractive entry-level model in every respect. Because the development of the A35 4Matic was integrated into the development process of the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class right from the start, it was developed at the same time as the future A45 4Matic, making it was possible to inject the AMG DNA into every relevant detail. The result can certainly be experienced by the driver in the form of authentic driving performance.
Specific measures to strengthen the front section of the bodyshell form the basis for the precise turn-in ability, and the toe and camber stability of the chassis components, even when driving at speed.
The 2-litre twin-scroll turbo engine is a new development and is based on the M260 4-cylinder engine in the latest A-Class. The new drive boasts a spontaneous response to accelerator pedal commands, high tractive power (400Nm maximum torque from 3000rpm), a supremely lively response and an emotional engine sound. The exhaust system features an automatically controlled exhaust flap as standard. Depending on the drive program selected, the sound is modulated from balanced to powerful.
The AMG Speedshift DCT 7G dual-clutch transmission also contributes to the agile and dynamic character of the A35. The gear ratios have been configured so that the driver experiences very spontaneous acceleration in all speed ranges, combined with fast shifting and optimum connections when shifting up.
The standard Race-Start function allows maximum acceleration from stationary and is a highly emotional experience. The functions of the AMG Speedshift DCT 7G transmission are rounded off with a temporary M mode activated by operating the steering-wheel shift paddles in any driving mode, and with the manual transmission mode “M” for manual gearshifting with the shift paddles.
Dynamism, agility and performance – these three attributes characterise the standard all-wheel-drive of the AMG A35. The variable AMG Performance 4Matic combines the best possible traction with lots of driving fun. The torque distribution is infinitely variable to suit the dynamic handling requirements. The spectrum ranges from front-drive only to a 50:50 percent distribution to the front and rear axles.
The five AMG Dynamic Select driving programs “Slippery”, “Comfort”, “Sport”, “Sport+” and “Individual” enable a wide range of vehicle characteristics from comfortable to dynamic. They change relevant parameters, such as the response of the engine and transmission.
As a new feature in the AMG Dynamic Select driving programs, the A35 comes with AMG Dynamics. This integrated dynamic handling control system extends the stabilising functions of ESP with agilising interventions according to the driver’s wishes. During dynamic cornering, imperceptible braking intervention on the rear inside wheel creates a defined yawing moment about the vertical axis. The effect – the A35 steers spontaneously and very precisely.
The high-performance braking system ensures fade-resistant deceleration and short braking distances. Its dimensions correspond to the well-proven A45 model. The front axle is fitted with new 4-piston Monoblock fixed callipers and 350mm brake discs, the rear axle with 1-piston sliding callipers and 330mm brake discs. The discs are internally ventilated and perforated to better dissipate heat and prevent brake fading, even with extreme use. The silver-painted brake callipers have black AMG lettering.
AMG Track Pace is also available as an option for the new A35 4MATIC. The virtual race engineer is part of the MBUX multimedia system and permanently records more than 80 vehicle-specific data (e.g. speed, acceleration) while driving on a racetrack. On top of this, lap and sector times are displayed, as well as the respective difference for a reference time. Because specific display elements are shown in green or red, the driver is able to see at a glance without reading numbers whether he/she is currently faster or slower than the best time.