Several bits of information regarding the upcoming, all-new Mercedes-AMG 45 have surfaced, thanks to Autocar up in the UK. Remember that the new A-Class will be unveiled to the public fairly soon, while its fire-breathing evil side, the aforementioned A 45, will appear later, probably in 2019. Our focus in this story, will remain on the hi-performance little power puff.

Daimler AG CEO Dr Dieter Zetsche sitting inside a disguised upcoming all-new A-Class.

Previously Mercedes-AMG had said the current 2.0-litre turbo engine, which makes a serious 280kW of power, up from 265kW before the facelift, would not return. So we assumed they would use a 3.0-litre V6 instead. Well it appears they will be sticking to the 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder turbo format, completely redesigned and reworked. In its new state it should deliver about 300kW to make it not only the most powerful 2.0-litre in the world, but also the one with the best kW per litre ratio in the business. With 4Matic all-wheel-drive and a new automatic gearbox, the car should dip under 4 seconds in the 0 – 100km/h sprint for the first time.

Best news after this – which we covered previously anyway, but we’d like to reiterate – is that a less powerful A-Class AMG is under works too. Its duty is to fill the gap between the A 250 and the A 45. With bigger siblings all getting the 43 nomenclature, it was bound to happen to the babies as well. Reports suggest the thing will either be called A 32 or A 36, both numbers being familiar to AMG fans from the old days. Previous reports said A 40, so that’s also still possible.

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