Mid-cycle updates along the way

Engineers at Mercedes-Benz AMG have been seen testing an updated version of the A45 hatchback.

No version of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class hatchback is sold in the United States, but some of the changes you see here are likely to be filtered from the locally sold CLA45.

Similarly, changes scheduled for an updated version of the regular A-Class Hatchback will also flow into potential A-Class sedan, CLA-Class and GLA-Class models for testing in prototype form. Note that the updated A-Class sedan will not be sold in the United States, as the current version is discontinued after the 2022 model year.

2023 Mercedes-Benz AMG A45 Hatchback Facelift Spy Shot - Photo Credit: S. Baldauf / SB-Medien

2023 Mercedes-Benz AMG A45 Hatchback Facelift Spy Shot – Photo Credit: S. Baldauf / SB-Medien

Looking at our spy shots of the updated A45 hatchback, we can see the new interior for lighting on both ends, as well as a modified grille and bottom front fascia.

It’s not clear what AMG plans for the powertrain, but the extra power to deal with the newer versions of the Audi RS3 and BMW M2 could be a possibility. The A45 is currently powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 rated at 382 hp in standard camouflage and 416 hp in S camouflage, but AMG last year released a version of this engine that gives an electrified turbocharger 442 hp.

The electrified turbo means a larger compressor can be used, resulting in more power without the typical turbo lag tradeoff. It uses an electric motor to quickly spool the compressor at low revs so that the charged air, also known as the boost, is always on the tap. The same technology has been used in Formula One.

Mercedes-AMG E Performance Electric Exhaust-Gas Turbocharger

Mercedes-AMG E Performance Electric Exhaust-Gas Turbocharger

Considering the current A45 in disguise will run 60 miles per hour in 4.0 seconds and reach speeds of 170 miles per hour, a more powerful version will scare away dedicated sports cars.

The rest of the A45 hatchback packages should be the same, meaning a standard 8-speed dual-clutch automatic and rear-biased all-wheel drive. The all-wheel-drive system not only distributes torque between the front and rear axles but also between the rear wheels thanks to the rear difference with two multi-plate clutches. This has allowed AMG engineers to create a drift mode designed to further control sideway action.

Check out the updated A-Class range with this A45 hatchback for its debut in 2022. Cars should come as 2023 model

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