- Mercedes-AMG has revealed the A35 L at the 2019 Shanghai Auto show.
- The A35 L sits on a 60 mm longer wheelbase as compared to the standard A35 sedan.
- Both the models are identical save for the extended wheelbase.
- It is one of the few LWB models to get an AMG badge.
- The A35 L gets the same 2.0L turbo-petrol engine that powers the regular A35 sedan.
German luxury car giant, Mercedes has pulled the wraps off its A35 L sedan at the ongoing 2019 Shanghai Auto Show. The Mercedes-AMG A35 L is primarily a sportier version of the China-spec A-class sedan. It sits on a 60 mm longer wheelbase compared to the standard A-class sedan and is among a few LWB models to sport AMG badge. Interestingly, it is also one of the first AMG models to be built under Mercedes and BAIC joint venture (jv). While the model is built outside Mercedes’ home turf, the engine is sourced from its Kolleda plant in Germany.
The extended wheelbase makes the A35 L weigh more than the standard model, which increases the acceleration time (from 0 to 100 km/h) by 1 second juxtaposed to the regular A35 sedan. However, the electronically controlled top speed remains the same at 250 km/h.
The standard A35 sedan and China-spec A35 L are identical in terms of styling save for the extended wheelbase and other superficial changes. The front gets large air intakes, a splitter in the front, 19-inch alloy wheels at the side, rear diffuser and dual exhaust system at the back. On the inside, the A35 L mimics the standard sedan sold in international markets with Mercedes’ MBUX multimedia system, a large screen for the infotainment system, a digital instrument cluster, AMG performance steering wheel and AMG sports seats.
Under the hood, the China-spec model gets the same engine set-up as the standard A35 sedan that was recently revealed. That said, it gets a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, turbo-petrol engine good for a maximum power of 304 bhp against 400 Nm torque. This unit comes paired to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic unit that sends power to all four wheels through Mercedes’ 4MATIC system. The AMG version also shares the suspension system with the regular A35. While there is yet no clarity on A35 L India launch, Mercedes Benz is gearing up to bring the standard A-Class sedan to the country.