The new Mercedes-AMG A 45 receives a new look and updated technology for 2022

Mercedes has given its A-Class a facelift for 2022 and that means revisions to AMG’s A35 and A45 performance hatches. Although the mid-life update doesn’t see any change when it comes to performance figures, Mercedes has worked on the exterior styling of the A 35 and A 45, while giving both more standard equipment.

We’ve seen the revamped A 35 and A 45 tests for a while now, so the bodywork revisions aren’t much of a surprise. Mercedes has played it safe with the update, adding new headlights, a restyled AMG-specific “Panamericana” radiator grille and a new hood badge.

The front bumper receives a new lower lip design in connection with the revised side air intakes from the standard car, above we can see new “power bulges” on the hood. A new 19-inch alloy wheel is now available and at the rear we can see the restyled taillights and facelifted A-Class lip spoiler. Circular tailpipes distinguish the A 35 model from the A 45, which feature quad exhaust tips.

Inside the new AMG hatchbacks is the AMG Performance steering wheel, now offered as standard, and AMG Performance seats, upholstered in sage grey. Like the standard A-Class, the A 35 and A 45 feature the latest MBUX system, which includes improved voice assistance and new menus on the driver’s display.

The arrival of the refreshed Mercedes-AMG A 45 coincides with the launch of the AMG Street Style Edition. The limited edition model is based on the A 45 S and is finished in “grey magno” paint with orange accents. The aero package is included, adding the rear spoiler and front canards. Inside, the AMG Street Style Edition comes with black Performance seats, orange stitching, and an embroidered ‘A 45 S’ logo on the headrests.

The A 35 is powered by a hybrid version of the old car’s 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Mercedes says the new 48V auxiliary power supply adds an extra 13bhp on startup, however total power figures remain the same at 301bhp and 400Nm of torque. Performance figures haven’t changed either: 0-100km/h takes 4.8 seconds in the saloon, while the hatchback takes 4.7 seconds. Top speed is limited to 155 mph.

The AMG A 45 maintains its title as the most powerful hot hatchback on sale, with its turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine making 415PS and 500Nm of torque. As in the A 35, power is sent to all four wheels, resulting in a 0-100km/h time of 3.9 seconds and a capped top speed of 168mph.

Pricing has yet to be announced for either model, but the A 35 is likely to increase its current starting price of £43,440. The A 45 just received a price increase to £60,628 earlier this year, so we’ll see if the facelift brings another price increase when it launches in the coming months.

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