Facelifted Mercedes A-Class has been seen with AMG A35 and A45 variants

A bumper new aid of Mercedes A-Class facelift spy shots has given us an early preview of the full range. With the standard hatchback – a prototype that was first seen late last year – we can see the AMG A35 and A45 in hatch form, a standard A-Class saloon and an A35 saloon.

The company’s updated premium hatchback will go on sale next year with a variety of cosmetics and technology changes that will keep the car competitive with the Audi A3 and BMW 1 series.

External changes will be minimal, updates will be limited to the front and rear disguised parts of these prototypes. In front of the standard hatchback and saloon, we expect a new bumper and some redesigned headlamps. However, the radiator grille seems to remain unchanged, sharing the same single-bar design.

At the back, the front end will have a new shaped diffuser to match the fresh light, a new exhaust outlet and some redesigned tail lights. An updated color palette and a choice of new alloy wheel designs will turn off updates.

Inside, changes will also be minimal. This prototype seen last year has been seen to share the same dual-screen infotainment system as the current A-Class, although we expect Mercedes to load the system with some updated software to make the screens look fresh.

The steering wheel seems to be the same three-spoke unit found in older cars instead of the two-spoke unit found in the latest Mercedes models. However, some new trim pieces and some new furnishings should be picked up for the cabin.

The styling revisions of the AMG A45 look even smaller, the only obvious change being the new front and rear light clusters. Thanks to the A45’s slated ‘Panamericana’ front grille, the A35 will do even better to differentiate itself from the pre-updated model. As before, the A45 gets a quad-exit exhaust, while the A35 works with a twin-exit system.

The current AMG A45 S is the most powerful hot hatchback on sale, its turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol engine produces 415bhp of power, and the facelifted variant can push the competition further with another push in power.

Mercedes has not yet confirmed any technical details for the new car’s powertrain, but is sure to retain the same eight-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox and 4MATIC four-wheel drive system found in the exit model.

The standard A-Class will continue with the current car’s range of petrol and diesel engines, albeit with some efficiency changes. The range will start with a 1.3-liter four-cylinder petrol unit, available with 134bhp or 161bhp.

On top of that, the 221bhp has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol engine and a plug-in hybrid variant that mixes the 1.3-liter petrol with a 100bhp electric motor and a 10.6kWh battery pack with a maximum output of 215bhp and claimed. Figure up to 282.5mpg.

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Despite the stigma surrounding fuel, Mercedes will continue to offer updated A-Class with diesel power. There will be a choice of two options, both based around the same turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder unit, offering buyers either 114bhp or 148bhp.

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