The eagerly awaited next-generation Mercedes-AMG A45 has made an early online debut, thanks to Instagram user @wilcoblock. Snapped here in its full hot-hatch glory, the car appears to be the range-topping A45 S variant, which sits on top of the A45.
Compare to the tamer A35, the full-fat A45 sports a more aggressive body kit including the Panamericana grille, which is usually reserved for top-of-the-line AMG models.
The prominent air intakes are also shaped in a similar fashion to its larger AMG siblings like the C63 and GT 4-Door Coupe, while the ‘power creases’ on the bonnet and black canards highlight the A45 top dog status compare to the A35.
Moving towards the back, the quad exhaust pipes are another hallmark of a true AMG, while the rear spoiler is nearly identical to the A35. Elsewhere, a set of red-painted brake calipers hide behind the large black-finished alloy wheels.
We already know the A45 is motivated by a new 2.0-litre four-cylinder mill code named M139, which replaces the previous M133 power unit. It features a single twin-scroll turbocharged that puts out between 285kW and 310kW, along with 480 to 500Nm of torque.
It is said to be the most powerful turbocharged four-cylinder engine produced by Mercedes and is completely different to the uprated M260 unit found in the A35, which only generates 225kW of power and 400Nm.
The M139 is matched with an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission instead of a seven-speed in the A35, along with a ‘drift mode’ function which enables the all-wheel drive hot hatch to do power slides.