New Mercedes-AMG A45 for SA in 2019

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The Mercedes-AMG A45 has finally been revealed and it's one of the most highly anticipated cars expected to arrive in South Africa in Q4 2019. We are currently driving the new A45 in Europe but in the meantime, take a look at what you can expect from this potent hatchback below... 

Of course, the important details that everyone will be wanting to know is just how fast the new Mercedes-AMG A45 is. Revealed at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed, the new Mercedes-AMG A45 will be available in 2 states of tune. Both are powered by the same 2.0-litre turbocharged motor, but in "S" flagship trim, you get 310 kW and 500 Nm. The entry-level model produces 285 kW and 480 Nm.

Thanks to a quick-shifting dual-clutch 'box and 4Matic+ all-wheel drive, you can expect the top-of-the-range A45 S to hit 100 kph in a claimed 3.9 seconds, with the non-S model a fraction slower at 4.0 seconds. Both cars feature a top speed of 250 kph. What's particularly exciting is that AMG has engineered the new A45 to be tail-happy. That's right, the 4Matic+ system can be switched to send all of its shove to the rear axle for some drifting action. Mercedes-AMG claims this mode is standard on the "S" and an option for the non-S. 

Visually, you'll be able to spot the new Mercedes-AMG A45 and A45 S with the bold Panamericana grille at the front, while a set of neat quad exhausts plus the obligatory aero wing dominate the rear. The base A45 rides on 18-inch alloy wheels, while the S model gains 19-inch units.

Local specification and pricing will be confirmed closer to launch. Look out for our drive impressions coming your way soon.

The 2020 Mercedes-AMG A45 S cabin features the MBUX infotainment system.

Further Reading

Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG Review

Mercedes-AMG A45 4MATIC (2016) Review

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