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Big changes coming for next Mercedes-AMG A45


Mercedes-AMG has reportedly confirmed previous speculation that the next generation A45 will feature substantial upgrades compared to current model, both aesthetically and underneath the bonnet.

According to Britain's Autocar magazine, the newcomer, dubbed Predator, will retain the same silhouette as before, but incorporate a front facia similar to that of the Concept A saloon shown in Shanghai earlier this year, with model specific features such as a revised bumper, different grille and more aggressive headlights.

As well as passing its new styling on to the regular A-class, known internally as W177, the AMG will ride on Mercedes-Benz's new MFA platform expected to underpin its new generation of front-wheel drive vehicles, and boast new driver assistance system, redesigned interior and upgraded Drive Select system.

The biggest change will however come up front where the current 2.0-litre turbocharged engine will get an extensive overhaul with power expected to rise from 280 kW to a mammoth 298 kW or 400 PS. In addition to a variation of the 48-volt electric system that debut with the four-door AMG GT4, the A45 will drop the current seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox for a new nine-speed unit, with Torque Vectoring and a new multi-plate clutch four-wheel drive system set to added.

Lower down, the normal A-class will get a range of new downsized turbo-petrol engines, reported to be from alliance partner Renault, and a revised range of diesel engines with a hybrid expected to debut at a later stage. A six-speed manual will remain as standard along with the seven-speed DCT, while the aforementioned nine-speed will be offered on certain higher-spec models.

A new performance variant, rumoured to be called A32 or A36, is currently being mulled to fill the gap between the standard A-class and A45, with output to be in the area of 221 kW.

The W177 is slated to make its official debut in 2019.

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