Good things come in small packages, and by good things, we mean more than 400 bhp.
The smallest AMG model to carry the Panamericana grille has been caught testing in a right-hand drive configuration, so folks from the UK, Australia, and other RHD markets can rest assured the new A45 has been engineered for those countries as well. What we don’t know for sure is the car’s name, with some saying it will stick to the “A45” moniker while others are suggesting it will be promoted to the “A50” badge or even “A53.” The latter seems unlikely as “53” is used for bigger hybridised performance cars such as the E53 and the CLS 53.
Naming aside, Mercedes-AMG has already confirmed the next generation of its hot hatch will feature not only a completely new engine, but also a newly developed 4Matic setup. It will pack more than 400 bhp from a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol unit and we’ve been hearing rumours of an even hotter version with an electric boost, but we’ll believe it when we’ll see it.
Bear in mind the new A45 or whatever it will be called is not going to be launched anytime soon. That’s because the first order of business for Mercedes is to introduce its most affordable AMG model, the A35. It will likely debut in Europe in the months to come and the three-pointed star has already promised it will have approximately 300 bhp and will spawn a saloon version.
If you would rather patiently wait for the top dog in the A-Class family, expect an official debut to occur in the first half of 2019, although sales might not start until the latter half of the year. Should that juicy rumour about a hybrid A45 pan out, it will likely debut in 2020 at the earliest.