Mercedes-Benz to make an A-Class AMG
Recent new car releases ..... here
Upcoming new car releases ..... here
15th June, 2012
With the powerful new top-of-the-range A-Class model, the performance brand
from Mercedes-Benz is marking the start of a new era. For the first time in the 45-year history of the company, AMG will
offer an exciting high-performance vehicle in the compact class. The A 45 AMG is representative of an ambitious future
strategy entitled "AMG Performance 50", leading up to the 50th anniversary of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. Based on a unique model
offensive comprising additional high-performance compact cars as well as a number of AMG cars in higher classes featuring
highly efficient drive systems, the company from Affalterbach is giving out clear signals for dynamic growth. And the
offensive is all set to get under way this summer with new models including the SLS AMG GT and the GL 63 AMG.
The AMG 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine specially developed for the A 45 AMG is expected to set new standards in
its displacement class: with maximum torque significantly above 400 Nm and low consumption levels, AMG is aiming to take
the leading position among the competition. "Our goal is to build the most dynamic, most powerful and, at the same
time, most efficient four-cylinder series production compact car. Together with other future high-performance compact
cars, the new A 45 AMG will embody exclusive dynamism and the 'AMG Performance 50' growth strategy. With this passionate
commitment to what for us is a new vehicle segment, Mercedes-AMG plans to make a significant contribution to the growth
of Mercedes-Benz Cars", according to Ola Källenius, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.
Perfect power transmission is ensured in the A 45 AMG thanks to the AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sports transmission
with dual clutch technology and performance-oriented all-wheel drive. The ideal basis for high cornering speeds and
exciting, agile handling also comes courtesy of the AMG sports suspension with independently developed front and rear
axles, electromechanical AMG speed-sensitive sports steering, AMG high-performance braking system and 3-stage ESP® with
"SPORT Handling" mode.
Driving performance for the new generation – world premiere in the first quarter of 2013
With the new A 45 AMG - the top-of-the-range Mercedes-Benz A-Class model – Mercedes-AMG is addressing a new target
group: falling within an age range from 30 up to around 45, the target group is younger than the traditional AMG buyer.
Professionally successful and independent, these customers are looking for a compact, dynamic and individual vehicle.
They want to express their stylish, trend-oriented lifestyle with a car from a recognised performance brand. By being
available at an attractive price, the A 45 AMG will appeal to prospective buyers and help to open up new markets.
The A 45 AMG will celebrate its world premiere in the first quarter of 2013. Further AMG high-performance compact cars
with a variety of different characteristic features are already in the pipeline and will follow on the heels of the A 45
AMG. When it came to the development of the compact Mercedes-Benz vehicle architecture for front and all-wheel drive,
Mercedes-AMG has been involved from the very beginning. The most dynamic versions of the A-Class, namely the A 250 Sport
and the A 220 CDI Sport – both "engineered by AMG" – currently already feature a front axle developed by AMG as well as a
correspondingly tuned suspension, AMG 5-spoke light-alloy wheels with 235/40 R 18 tyres all round, painted in high-gloss
black and with a high-sheen finish, and also red-painted brake callipers. The "Sport" designation is always used to
characterise the most dynamic model series versions in the Mercedes-Benz product range.
Even more future AMG models with all-wheel drive
All-wheel drive is set to play a bigger role at Mercedes-AMG in the future too – being offered not just for SUVs and
off-road vehicles, but also for other AMG high-performance vehicles. Mercedes-AMG currently has four all-wheel-drive
models in its range: the ML 63 AMG, the G 63 AMG, the G 65 AMG and the GL 63 AMG. To mark the start of the new era, in
2013 the new A 45 AMG will be launched with a performance-oriented all-wheel drive system as standard.
Although not confirmed for the Australian market, the Next Car team believe that there is an excellent chance
that the Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG will come to Australia. Stay tuned for further details.