The Mercedes-AMG A35 “Long wheelbase” 4MATIC is for China’s little Yao Mings

I just can’t get enough with how it looks; it’s as if that rear end speaks to me – “Come get me, Bite it, Follow me home” – are the quotes that are ringing in my head just looking at the rear view of the A35 Long wheelbase 4MATIC that’s exclusive for the Chinese market.

Unveiled at the 2019 Shanghai Motor Show, the A35 L 4MATIC is a product of Beijing Benz Automotive, a joint venture between Daimler and BAIC Motor of China.

Aside from an additional 60mm of extra length in wheelbase (at 2,789mm) like the regular A-Class L sedan and some badges with Chinese writings on the car’s exterior, the A35 L 4MATIC is essentially the same as the A35 sedan that the rest of the world is getting.

Why extra 60mm for the Chinese (who are generally more petite than the white folks) is still a puzzle. Maybe Daimler knows something we don’t; maybe the Chinese are genetically modifying and breeding more Yao Mings – who knows.

Under the hood, the long wheelbase A35 packs the same 306 hp and 400 Nm of torque from a turbocharged 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine, paired to a 7G AMG Speedshift DCT transmission.

The immense power is shared by all four wheels and despite the extra weight from the additional metal, the A35 L 4MATIC is only 0.1 second slower (at 4.9 seconds) compared to the regular A35’s 4.8 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h.



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