Johannesburg - South African performance hatch lovers are already spoiled for choice, but they will soon have yet another option in the form of Mercedes-AMG’s A35 4Matic.
The A35 is due to reach local showrooms towards the end of the third quarter of 2019, but Mercedes recently added it to its online configurator, revealing the price tag of R754 946 and giving prospective buyers a chance to play with the vast (and somewhat expensive) options list.
While the Mercedes-AMG A45 4Matic will continue to play at the very top of the hyper hatch game, now offering up to 310kW, the A35 instead plays in the heartland of the performance hatch game, where it will go up against the popular Volkswagen Golf R, as well as the Audi S3, BMW’s upcoming M135i and Honda’s Civic Type R, with Subaru’s STI also serving as a similarly-potent sedan alternative.
Powered by a modified version of the company’s M 250 2-litre four-cylinder turbopetrol, the A35 produces 225kW from 5800rpm and 400Nm from 3000. With launch control activated, the Merc should sprint from 0-100km/h in 4.7 seconds, according to claims.