Mercedes-Benz is working on an update for its A-Class compact range, and the latest prototype is for the sporty A35 hatchback from AMG.
None of the different A-Class hatchback models are sold in the United States, but the changes you see in this A35 hatchback prototype are likely to be filtered locally in CLA 35 and GLA 35.
Similarly, changes scheduled for an updated version of the regular A-Class Hatchback will flow into potential CLA-Class and GLA-Class models for testing in prototype form. Note that an updated A-Class sedan has also been piloted but will not be sold in the United States, as the current version is discontinued after the 2022 model year.
The A35 hatchback prototype is only lightly camouflaged. We can expect some new interior changes to the grille and possibly the headlights. It also looks like the front fascia will have a slightly modified design.
2023 Mercedes-Benz AMG A35 Hatchback Facelift Spy Shot – Photo Credit: S. Baldauf / SB-Medien
There will also be some changes inside. Look for a new steering wheel design, and a modified center console with the current model’s trackpad replaced by Easy Control.
It is not clear what AMG plans for the powertrain, but additional power is possible. The A35 is currently powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 rated 302 hp, and additional power can be added with a lightweight-hybrid setup or perhaps a larger turbocharger to reduce turbo lag, including an electrical component. The next updated AMG A45 is expected to dial horses at 442 hp from the same engine.
The rest of the A35 hatchback package should remain the same after the update, meaning a standard 7-speed dual-clutch automatic, as well as an all-wheel drive with a maximum 50:50 torque split.
Check out the updated A-Class range with this A35 hatchback for its debut in 2022. Cars should come as 2023 model