Mercedes Benz has unveiled its latest and currently smallest entry into the AMG fold, the 2014 A45 AMG which looks to take a slice of the premium hot hatchback market from BMW as well as Audi’s reworked S3 model while revamping the overall image of the AMG division at the same time.
The first significant change that casual observers may notice about the A45 AMG’s reworked styling is that it is much more aggressive and performance-oriented than its mainstream A-Class cousin thanks to numerous styling tweaks made by AMG stylists. A bold muscular front bumper gives the face of the A45 AMG a serious performance oriented character, while a two slat AMG exclusive grille separates the A45 from lesser A-Class models. The rear fascia continues the aggressive tone set by the front end with two chrome exhaust tips, a small spoiler, and unique “Turbo AMG” badging rounding out the exterior changes.
The interior of the A45 AMG has also received a healthy dose of performance-inspired style and should please drivers when they slip behind the wheel of the A45. These same drivers will also be pleased with the supportive black leather seats which promise to provide plenty of support during spirited driving while carbon fiber trim, red seat belts, and red stitching on the seats enhance the performance inspired atmosphere even further. A meaty AMG-inspired three spoke flat bottomed steering wheel encourages drivers to explore the car’s handling limits while an AMG-exclusive instrument cluster provides detailed information and even features a built in timer function.
Performance for the 2014 A45 AMG hatchback comes from a potent 2.0 liter turbocharged four cylinder engine that is good for an impressive 360 horsepower and an equally stout 331 lb-ft of tire-shredding torque. These figures also make this engine the most powerful mass produced four cylinder in the world and allow the A45 AMG to make the sprint to 60 in the low 4 second range before reaching a final top speed of 155 mph (again impressive for a hand-built four cylinder that displaces only 2.0 liters). All of this muscle is channeled to all four wheels through a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission which teams up with a new iteration of the company’s familiar 4Matic all wheel drive system to give the A45 the world-class performance numbers that are expected out of an AMG product.
Ola Kallenius Chairman of Mercedes-AMG GmbH was quick to point out the ambitious groundwork laid out by the A45 AMG and its role in AMG’s future stating “The A45 AMG will enable Mercedes’ AMG division to appeal to new customers and tap new markets.”
Look for the 2014 Mercedes Benz A45 AMG to make its official debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show in a few weeks with sales expected to begin in June for German buyers. It is unknown at this time whether the A45 AMG will make its way to U.S. showrooms, but look for the souped-up four cylinder to show up in the recently unveiled U.S.-bound CLA sometime in the near future as another AMG iteration.