With the launch of the new A-Class, Mercedes-Benz is getting serious about the premium hatchback segment – much more than it was with the previous A-Class, B-Class and the old, C-Class Sport Coupe. And with the premium hatchback territory comes the high-end hot hatch market. Audi is already playing that game with the RS3 and BMW is heading in with the new M135i, so Mercedes is going to need an entry of its own. And this is the latest on its development.

According to British weekly Autocar, Benz is preparing to launch a new A45 AMG early next year with a transverse 2.0-liter turbo four producing as much as 330 horsepower and over 300 pound-feet of torque. That's about par with the competition, but produced from less displacement thanks to input from AMG High-Performance Engines that provides the power for the company's Formula One racing team (not to mention McLaren and Force India).

The power is tipped to be put down to all four wheels by a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, tuned to mimic rear-drive handling characteristics. Suspension and rolling stock are anticipated to be greatly enhanced, as will the aero kit over the A250 Sport "engineered by AMG" pictured above. Stop/start and regenerative braking will reportedly help make the A45 AMG more economical than its rivals while matching their five-second 0-60 times.


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      Julle85
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think its not going to be faster than Audi RS3 ;)..Looks how fast RS3 hits 0-100km/h ;)....http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/651/qqqh.jpg/
        1STH
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Julle85
        agreed. the RS3 is amaaaazing.....BMW's much hyped 1M couldn't even get there, doubt the M135i will be able to either.
          John
          • 2 Years Ago
          @1STH
          what's "couldn't even get there" supposed to mean? The 1M blows the doors off any of these cars. Its a pure drivers car, which is exactly what todays car enthusiasts need for a change.
      dohc73
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would drive that in a heartbeat.
      Forcedinductionfan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wht a POS. It's a car which won't even last 20k miles like all European cars. It also will have a cheap ass interior and a sterile drive like all German cars. I'd much rather get an Evo or STi and ECU tune it. Much better car all around, better reliability, better interior, more comfortable ride, more fun to drive, better performance.
        Tom
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Forcedinductionfan
        Wow; there are tens of thousands of Euro cars with more than 20k miles listed on Auto Trader right now. Assuming you are correct (and how couldn't you be?), every one of those listings was made by a liar. Also, if you seriously think the Evo has a better interior than any M-B, I'd like some of whatever you're smoking.
        FIDTRO
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Forcedinductionfan
        You know repeating yourself on every Euro article won't make your blasphemies true, right?
      Kumar
      • 2 Years Ago
      And....not for the US. At least there's more interest in bringing premium hatches stateside so the buyers actually have a chance to, well, buy them. Hopefully Audi learned it's lesson with the initial A3 launch as well (but probably not). The only way to get the quattro was with the giant engine, so I passed on it. By the time they offered it years later, it appeared that buyers had largely forgotten about the A3 so didn't notice this was now an option along side the also-delayed tdi.
      Ash Ayman Shairzay
      • 2 Years Ago
      Does anyone else see a lot of the 1st gen Z4 in the doors?
        Making11s
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ash Ayman Shairzay
        I see some similar lines, but I'd say they have nearly opposite effects. The Z4 had that low, curving line that looked like a sagging stomach. On the other hand, the similar lines on the Mercedes are more taut and give the car a sense of athleticism.
      hawaiian_I
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice visual effect with the grill, but it it looks to be a pain-in-the-ass to clean.
      BranMM
      • 2 Years Ago
      They haven't even put the standard car on sale and there's already an AMG version????
      AcidTonic
      • 2 Years Ago
      There's the Germans Evo/STI competitor. Waiting on more entries to this awesome segment. I'd take this car in a heartbeat.
      Design1stCode2nd
      • 2 Years Ago
      I hope this is coming to the U.S. seems like it could be a nice luxury upgrade from my STI hatch.
      Nick
      • 2 Years Ago
      This concept I'd awesome but the name is stupid and counter-intuitive. Just call it the A-class ///AMG if they won't call it something logical such as A20 or A22 ///AMG
      A A
      • 2 Years Ago
      A ... 45?
        Tom
        • 2 Years Ago
        @A A
        Yeah, rather optimistic naming choice there. But M-B and BMW have abandoned rational naming conventions some time ago; even Audi called its supercharged engine a "3.0T."
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