Mercedes-Benz Malaysia recently went on a full-on onslaught with the launch of three new compact AMG models on the same day. What you’re looking at here is the smallest of the trifecta – the Mercedes-AMG A 35 Edition 1 Hatchback.
Currently priced at RM366,785 (on the road, without insurance, and inclusive of SST exemptions), the hatchback model is effectively priced RM30,507 higher than its sedan equivalent. So what do you get for the money? We bring you on a closer look with this detailed gallery. Enjoy!
The A 35 hatchback is currently only available in “Edition 1” form, which includes as standard the AMG Performance package, consisting of a front splitter with flics beside the side air intakes, a more pronounced rear diffuser, as well as a large roof-mounted spoiler.
The AMG Night package is also standard here, pairing it nicely to the only colour that is available on the Edition 1 AMG A 35 hatchback – Denim Blue. To complement the colour further, the 19-inch alloy wheels, brake callipers, and body decals are all painted in a clean “Tech Gold” hue.
The rest of the exterior kit is pretty much identical to its sedan counterpart, including the twin-louvre front grille in chrome silver, AMG Line bumpers and side skirts, as well as the twin tailpipes at the rear.
Moving inside, the A 35 is fitted with the AMG Performance seats as standard, upholstered in Artico man-made leather and Dinamica fabric. Other AMG-specific touches include aluminium AMG design trim elements on the dashboard, illuminated AMG door sill plates, AMG floor mats, as well as an AMG Performance steering wheel wrapped in Artico leather – though, without the cool little settings swivel wheel as seen on the AMG C 63 S.
Otherwise, the interior of the baby AMG is pretty much a bog-standard Mercedes-Benz A-Class (which is a good thing in our eyes), featuring the floating twin 10.25-inch instrument cluster and infotainment display combo, wireless charging pad, and who can forget the disco-like ambient lighting system.
The MBUX system does get a few AMG-specific touches, such as additional performance-oriented information displays, two additional instrument cluster display modes (Classic, Sport, and Supersport), as well as a configurable head-up display with AMG-specific display modes.
Underneath the hood, the Mercedes-AMG A 35 hatchback is powered by the M260 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine, similar to its sedan counterpart. The engine outputs 306 hp and 400 Nm of torque, with power transferred to all four wheels via the seven-speed AMG Speedshift DCT and 4MATIC all-wheel drive system.
As a result, zero-to-100 km/h is done in just 4.7 seconds, onward to an electronically-limited top speed of 250 km/h. To help with your driving experience, the A 35 also comes with adjustable AMG ride control suspension – though if we’re being honest, we left it in the comfort setting due to its firm ride.
For the complete specifications break-down, do check out our launch coverage of the Mercedes-AMG A 35 Edition 1 hatchback. As for our thoughts on the new baby AMG, the full review will be coming soon, so keep your eyes peeled!
For the latest revised price list for Mercedes-Benz models in Malaysia, click here.