The Mercedes-AMG A 45 S was launched here in Malaysia exclusively in a limited ‘Edition 1’ trim, which brought onto the car several additional exterior and interior features. For those still holding out on buying the pocket rocket, unfortunately the ‘Edition 1’ has now run out, and will be replaced by the “regular” A 45 S from here on out.
However, just like its predecessor, the new “regular” model still gets most of the kit that the Edition 1 model offered. Both the Aerodynamic Package (additional aerodynamic fins and splitter on the front apron, rear spoiler, and enhanced rear diffuser) and AMG Night Package (blacked out trims) have been retained on the new model, with the only noticeable difference being the removal of the Edition 1 decals.
The “regular” Mercedes-AMG A 45 S 4 Matic+ also gets the iconic Panamericana grille up front, and the 19-inch alloy wheels are unchanged from the Edition 1 variant, matte black and all. Although the Edition 1 kit is no more, exterior colour choices still remain the same from before – you only get to choose between Sun Yellow and Designo Mountain Grey Magno.
Inside, the new regular model comes without the Edition 1 “dark aluminium” trim on the dashboard, replaced by a light longitudinal-grain aluminium trim. The Edition 1 steering wheel, wrapped completely in Dinamica microfibre, is also now replaced with a more “regular” AMG Performance unit that includes a touch of Nappa leather.
Otherwise, the new variant is essentially unchanged from the “Edition 1” variant. This includes all the mechanical bits, such as the 2.0-litre turbocharged inline-four engine, making 421 hp and 500 Nm of torque, paired to an eight-speed DCT gearbox for a century sprint time of just 3.9 seconds.
The new 2021 Mercedes-AMG A 45 S 4Matic+ is priced at RM437,673.41, on the road, without insurance, and inclusive of the sales tax exemptions (until the 30th of June), making it roughly RM5.6k cheaper than before.
Meanwhile, the Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S 4Matic+ has also been updated for the 2021 model-year, with a new price tag of RM453,374.19 on the road, without insurance, and inclusive of the sales tax exemptions – approximately RM19.6k higher than before (based on the most-recent SST-exempted pricing).
For that extra dough, you now get a new head-up display on the dashboard, displaying key driving information closer to the driver’s natural line of sight – particularly helpful when you’re having a little bit of fun.
Otherwise, the car is essentially unchanged from before, so do make sure to check out the full facts and figures from our launch coverage, here.
We’ve also compared the all-new Mercedes-AMG A 45 S (in Edition 1 form) against its predecessor, so make sure to give that a read before you splash down the cash!