Although it’s not likely destined for our shores, there’s now a new reason to be excited for the third-generation Mercedes-Benz A-class. Following the 2012 debut of the hatchback on the Continent, Mercedes plans to introduce a variant tuned by its AMG division.
According to British magazine Autocar, it’s rumored that the AMG-tuned A-class will have four-wheel-drive, a dual-clutch gearbox, and a supercharged four-cylinder engine that will produce just under 300 horsepower. That figure places it square against the likes of the Volkswagen Golf R, and in a different socioeconomic demographic than, say, an S63.
We already knew that the technicians in Affalterbach were preparing to build a hot B-class, which might make it to the U.S. The B-class is also being considered for several non-hatchback variants destined for the U.S. market. The push for a younger audience may also prompt Mercedes to produce and bring over the CLC, a four-door coupe that echoes the styling cues of the larger CLS.
Demand is already high for the current A- and B-class, and we’d be excited to see a hot, small Mercedes finally reach us.