This powerhouse of an engine will be bolted up to an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, rather than the seven-speed unit used in the A 35 and CLA 35. Additionally, Moers said the all-wheel-drive system is different to the 35 series of cars, though he didn’t say specifically how. He also said the all-wheel-drive system “doesn’t know what understeer means,” obviously highlighting that it won’t feel like a front-drive or front-drive-based car. That’s been partly hinted at in the teaser videos of the car’s drift mode.
Fortunately, we don’t have long to wait for the ultimate Mercedes compact, as Moers said the car will launch this year. He confirmed that there will be A 45 hatchback, CLA 45 sedan and GLA 45 crossover variants. He wouldn’t confirm whether there would be an A 45 sedan version, though. Regardless of body style, we’re excited for this mad Merc.