Mercedes-AMG A35 saloon spied testing

It hasn't taken long for the boffins at AMG to turn their attention to the A35 saloon. Just two weeks after the wraps were pulled off the A35 hot hatch in Paris, a development version of its sleeker sibling has been spotted at the Nurburgring, providing an early glimpse of Affalterbach's first rival for the Audi S3 saloon.

Underneath the new model will use the same 4Matic running gear as the A35 hatch, which, as you'll know, essentially makes it a tamed version of the upcoming A45. But the A35 uses a 306hp 2.0-litre twin-scroll turbo engine with different internals to the next A45's circa 400hp motor, meaning it is technically unique - and, more importantly, cheaper to make.

Nevertheless, even with this entry-level AMG status, the A35 hatch is still suitably rapid. 62mph comes in 4.7 seconds and its top speed is limited to 155mph. Don't expect any major changes with the saloon, so it should rank almost directly alongside the four-door S3 - obviously no coincidence - and provide 'junior A45' performance on the road.

Why would you opt for a saloon over the hatch, given that it'll be pricier? The saloon is expected to retain a more conservative, mature look than the hatchback, which is backed by the sighting of today's test car, so it might appeal to a different sort of customer. Plus, it is almost certainly going to be rarer than the hatch, given that the saloon market is declining and S3 saloons are few and far between. That should up appeal.

The A35 hatch is due on roads at the start of 2019, so it's fair to expect the saloon to follow a little later in 2019. Those not content with sub-400hp AMGs won't have to wait long for the full-blown A45 models to arrive. They will use a version of AMG's 2.0-litre engine so potent that it looks set to have the highest specific output for a production engine in the world, beating even the McLaren Senna's 800hp V8.

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  • alexrogers92 18 Oct 2018

    Looks very Giulia at the back. I'm sure it'll be a good step onto the AMG ladder for people looking to get into one but cant stretch to a C63 or C43.

  • fernando the frog 18 Oct 2018

    I immediately thought Citroen C5 when I saw the back

  • Gameface 18 Oct 2018

    Great let's have a slanging match about the M140...

  • sinbaddio 18 Oct 2018

    Is this the new CLA or an actual A-Class saloon?

  • rare6499 18 Oct 2018

    I saw a dark red A45 saloon this morning with black wheels, it looked fantastic. The A35 is an interesting proposition to me. All the latest technology (infotainment etc) a good size car that you can actually get out of in a normal parking spot and more than fast enough for daily use.

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