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    Mercedes-Benz Introduces the A 35 Sedan

      ...a pint-sized powerhouse from AMG.

    Mercedes-AMG has introduced the A 35 Sedan, a pint-size power house for people wanting a compact sedan with sporting character.  The A 35 backs up that claim with a 2.0 liter turbo that generates 302 hp at 5800 rpm and 295 lb-ft of torque in the range between 3,000 and 4,000 rpm.  Power is sent to all wheel via a 7-speed DCT.   Naught to 60 takes just 4.7 seconds. As drivers select different drive modes, there is an automatically controlled exhaust flap to modify engine sound.

    To increase structural rigidity, AMG has added a special "shearing plate" underneath the engine to increase front end stiffness and two additional braces at the front of the underbody further add stiffness. 

    Faux leather with microfiber inserts and red contrasting top stitching are standard, as are the red seatbelts.  MBUX multimedia system and digital cluster also come standard. Drivers can control certain functions of the car with voice activation by saying "Hey Mercedes".

    As expected, much of the rest of the A 35, including dimensions, carry over from the standard A-Class Sedan, which you can read more about below.

    We will hopefully get a closer look at the Mercedes-AMG A 35 at the New York International Auto Show on April 17th.

     

    Source: Mercedes-Benz Media - The new Mercedes-AMG A 35 Sedan



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    I think this is a pretty bargain performance package, I imagine they price it in the low $40s (starting)  and it is a fast car for that money.  Glad to see they added some rigidity also, sounds similar to what they do with the underside of the SL and probably every concertible.

    Maybe GM can buy this engine off Mercedes for all those front drive Cadillacs.  302 hp and 295 lb-ft with a dual clutch sounds better than the 237 hp unit they have now.

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    You mean the 272 HP turbocharged motor in the REAR wheel drive ATS? Or the available 335 HP 6?
    I think Cadillac is good- let's see what the CT4 brings.

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    I was sold on the faux leather.  MB Tex as Mercedes calls it. 

    I guess all that Vegan demographic with their Smart cars prompted Mercedes Benz to go retro with the 1970s vinyl seat fad. 

     

     

     

     

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    1 hour ago, balthazar said:

    You mean the 272 HP turbocharged motor in the REAR wheel drive ATS? Or the available 335 HP 6?
    I think Cadillac is good- let's see what the CT4 brings.

    But the XT4 and XT5 don't have that.   And that 335 hp V6 is way low on torque.  A V6 should have at least 350 lb-ft or what is the point?  The 3-series 6 cylinder is 382 hp and 369 lb-ft. 

    There should be a 400 hp engine coming to the A-class, unless that make that CLA only, either way this 302 hp four is really the mid-level.  

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    Plastic seats

    Plastic seats

    Plastic seats

    37 minutes ago, smk4565 said:

    But the XT4 and XT5 don't have that.   And that 335 hp V6 is way low on torque.  A V6 should have at least 350 lb-ft or what is the point?  The 3-series 6 cylinder is 382 hp and 369 lb-ft. 

    There should be a 400 hp engine coming to the A-class, unless that make that CLA only, either way this 302 hp four is really the mid-level.  

    The 3 series 6 cylinder is also turbocharged. Cadillac has 3 turbo V6es... All of which out power that BMW motor

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    Actually I would rather have a higher quality leatherette (my Beetle TDi for example, and my Compass bolsters) than actual leather.  It wears much longer and is not prone to cracking.  Compare an old S-Class with MB-Tex and leather, I guarantee you the leather will be in worse shape.

    I am very pleased that my Compass bolsters look perfect after almost 40k miles.  My previous Colorado (traded at 38k miles) cloth bolsters were wearing, scuffed and wrinkled on the outer edge.

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    49 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    Plastic seats

    Plastic seats

    Plastic seats

    The 3 series 6 cylinder is also turbocharged. Cadillac has 3 turbo V6es... All of which out power that BMW motor

    They will sell you leather seats if you prefer.

    And Cadillac should use the turbo V6 and drop that 3.6 like a sack of dirt.  Why you would offer less motor than BMW and Mercedes who you are trying to knock off the top of the mountain is beyond me.

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    Just now, smk4565 said:

    They will sell you leather seats if you prefer.

    And Cadillac should use the turbo V6 and drop that 3.6 like a sack of dirt.  Why you would offer less motor than BMW and Mercedes who you are trying to knock off the top of the mountain is beyond me.

    They offer more options and more power.  

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    50 minutes ago, ocnblu said:

    Actually I would rather have a higher quality leatherette (my Beetle TDi for example, and my Compass bolsters) than actual leather.  It wears much longer and is not prone to cracking.  Compare an old S-Class with MB-Tex and leather, I guarantee you the leather will be in worse shape.

    I am very pleased that my Compass bolsters look perfect after almost 40k miles.  My previous Colorado (traded at 38k miles) cloth bolsters were wearing, scuffed and wrinkled on the outer edge.

    The MB-Tex could last longer than a lot of leather, the S-class never had MB-tex though.  But anything E-class and down starts with MB-tex.  And that stuff is durable, so there is a benefit there.

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    Cloth or leather for me. 

    No in between.  

    I like the look of used leather.  

    Cracked leather...one has to treat it so it doesnt get dry but I got to admit, not a very nice trait. Not nice to look at. So yeah, lots of work needed for it not to crack. Maybe the high maintenance for keeping leather durable maybe not be all that its worth, Ill admit. But, worn leather has a certain charm to it that I value...especially high end leather in very high end cars. 

    So...between cloth and leatherette, Id go for...cloth.   If I want the real stuff, then I go for the real stuff.  And in a Mercedes Benz, for North America, because Mercedes Benz IN North America SHOULD be luxury...then leather it SHOULD be.

    In Europe, where 300 some odd horsepower and 300 some odd torques kills you at the gas pump, so THAT motor probably not even offered...and if it is..then I doubt it be selling in substantial numbers anyway...if Im buying an A Class for Greece lets say, then it probably have a 1.4 or 1.5 liter 4 banger with 90 horses and 90 torques...or maybe a diesel  then I dont think MB TEX is even on the option list...

    Where am I going with this?

    Oh yeah...An AMG Mercedes Benz  in the States should not even come with faux leather...but lets bash Cadillac...because THAT would be the easy thing to do...

    PS:

    Ford takes recycled plastic water bottles and turn that into yarn to make their seats...and its cloth in appearance...Ford calls that Repreve. |I like what Ford is doing. 

     

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    1 minute ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    They offer more options and more power.  

    But in an ATS you can't get a turbo 6 until the ATS-V.  Now that may change on CT4.  But you can get a V8 in a C-class, so you should be able to get the Blackwing V8 in a CT4.  Unless the CT4 ends up Audi A3 size and smaller than the current ATS, then a beefed up ATS-V motor will work.

    This A-class will sell, the GLB will sell like hot cakes I bet when it arrives.  

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    2 minutes ago, smk4565 said:

    the GLB will sell like hot cakes I bet when it arrives.  

    Looks weird.

    I bet Cadillac outsells Mercedes Benz in all the respective CUV and SUV niches...

     

     

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    A CLA45 is rated at 23/30 mpg, this will be higher.  In Europe the A35 is rated at 38 mpg combined but that scale is worthless.  

    Just now, oldshurst442 said:

    Looks weird.

    I bet Cadillac outsells Mercedes Benz in all the respective CUV and SUV niches...

     

     

    We don't know what the GLB looks like yet.

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    Mercedes shares the noses of their cars from the CLA to the S-class; of course we know what it'll look like - a imperceptible tweak of every other mercedes. It's not like MB ever builds any of their concept designs...

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    oopsies...that goshdarnit alphanumeric name...

    I thought you was talking about the new SUV from M-B that just came out now...I googled and I mistook it for the GLE

    My bad...

    The GLE is generic. Yeah yeah...so is the XT6.  But...you know...we could throw GM under the bus for making a generic Caddy SUV, but M-B also made theirs look somewhat like last gen Equinox in the 3/4 pillar...

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    Kinda...sorta...

    Anyway...very generic to say the least.

    I dont think the GLE will be winning any stylistic awards...so yeah...Ill stick to what I originally said...

    I bet Caddy kicks Mercedes' ass in CUV and SUV sales...

    Besides, I think the new Caddy face is refreshing. And looks awesome for their CUVs and SUVs. Something that WILL translate into huge sales for Cadillac.  

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    2 minutes ago, oldshurst442 said:

    oopsies...that goshdarnit alphanumeric name...

    I thought you was talking about the new SUV from M-B that just came out now...I googled and I mistook it for the GLE

    My bad...

    The GLE is generic. Yeah yeah...so is the XT6.  But...you know...we could throw GM under the bus for making a generic Caddy SUV, but M-B also made theirs look somewhat like last gen Equinox in the 3/4 pillar...

    Related image

     

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    Kinda...sorta...

    Anyway...very generic to say the least.

    I dont think the GLE will be winning any stylistic awards...so yeah...Ill stick to what I originally said...

    I bet Caddy kicks Mercedes' ass in CUV and SUV sales...

    The GLE has that C pillar because the 1997 ML had it, and they have kept it ever since.  The XT6 won't outsell the GLE, the GLE/ML has been a strong seller for a good while, probably the best selling SUV over $50k the past 10 years, although I don't care to tally up sales of it and the X5 to find out.   It has track record, great interior, 3rd row seat now, and should do well in fuel economy with the new engines and the GLE has 4 engines to pick from vs the XT6's 1.

    What really matters is will the GLE63 take the SUV Nurburgring lap time from the GLC63.

    24 minutes ago, balthazar said:

    Mercedes shares the noses of their cars from the CLA to the S-class; of course we know what it'll look like - a imperceptible tweak of every other mercedes. It's not like MB ever builds any of their concept designs...

    CLA:Scoupe.png

    Which Audi and BMW do also.  And Cadillac and Lincoln are trying to move towards.   Even Lexus puts that predator mouth grille on everything.   Mercedes does offer 3 grill options per model in most cases though.

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    There is 4 different fronts and that is all off 1 model.  I think they differentiate just fine.

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    You said 'we don't know what it's going to look like', but like I said; we do. Same thing at audi/BMW- the german lockstep triplets. And Cadillac has already done the 'every model looks the same' when they hung the same front clip on multiple models decades ago.
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    The pics above don't dispute the CLA/S-Coupe fraternal twin-ship, tho. NEVER should have put the bottom feeder CLA nose on a $90+K car too, cheapens the shit out of it. A deal-breaker.

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    2 minutes ago, smk4565 said:

    What really matters is will the GLE63 take the SUV Nurburgring lap time from the GLC63.

    Oxymoron

    And peeps dont care about that concerning crossovers.

    They barely care for that on sports cars...

    3 minutes ago, smk4565 said:

    It has track record, great interior, 3rd row seat now, and should do well in fuel economy with the new engines

    The new Big Daddy Caddy is set to arrive soon.  Plus the GMC and Chevy versions...

    Sure, the GLE will sell well...but GM will clean out in this price range. Just the Chevy version will handily outsell M-B...

    5 minutes ago, smk4565 said:

    The XT6 won't outsell the GLE, the GLE/ML has been a strong seller for a good while, probably the best selling SUV over $50k the past 10 years

    And Im willing to bet that it does. Even with 1 engine offering. And even if it doesnt...GM as a company in that price range will easily outsell Mercedes Benz...

    Remember...Chevrolet taps into that price range in their SUVs. Luxury brand or not...price range is what counts here.  Mercedes Benz lowered its aspirations in North America for volume sake.  Kudos for Chevy for being able to sell Chevys in that price range.

    .Your argument, whatever it may be...is null and void.

    The point being, an AMG Mercedes Benz should not even offer plastic seats. 

    I will even say that AMG should not even exist in this price range. A 300 horse turbo 4 aint that special...

    Ford has got one...the new Mustang is 310horses and 350 ft lbs. Its just a Ford on a BASE model at that...

    AMG is supposed to be special, non?

    That aint special...

     

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    I just remembered. The soon to be dead Focus and its RS version,well, THAT 4 cylinder version makes 350 horses and 350 ft lbs...

    We could wax poetic all we want about this AMG baby Benz, and as enthusiasts, we should applaud this effort because in a world of CUVs, smart phones and a future where folks envision of not even driving, I still find it hard for me to accept this car seriously. 

    Its the fakeness of it all, I guess.

    The fakeness of AMG on THIS particular effort. Not on a performance level.  But on what makes an AMG special. 

    On the fake leather stuff.

    On the FWD based vehicle.  JUST because of how Mercedes has branded itself on the position it has taken vis-a-vis RWD and AWD. 

    The hypocrisy of the automotive journalist world of shytting on Cadillac for their FWD STS all those years prior...

    The hypocrisy of the "car enthusiast" that shat on Cadillac for FWD STS but praised anything shytty that M-B slung our way...INCLUDING THIS...

    yeah SMK...even you...

    Funny, no dissing this flavoured Merc...

    Its only got 300 horses and  and NOT EVEN 300 ft-lbs...and apparently it needs AWD to put all that god fearing power down...GTFO!!! (I guess I am not accepting it even on a performance level...because I see its performance fakeness on that level too...)

    Yeah...Im cynical with this car...

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    2 hours ago, ocnblu said:

    Actually I would rather have a higher quality leatherette (my Beetle TDi for example, and my Compass bolsters) than actual leather.  It wears much longer and is not prone to cracking.  Compare an old S-Class with MB-Tex and leather, I guarantee you the leather will be in worse shape.

    I am very pleased that my Compass bolsters look perfect after almost 40k miles.  My previous Colorado (traded at 38k miles) cloth bolsters were wearing, scuffed and wrinkled on the outer edge.

    Yet my Escalade with real leather seats still looks new at 140,000 miles, why go fake when real is just better. :P 

    Reminds me of a certain singer who said silicon parts are made for toys!

    That is how I feel about fax leatherette!

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    25 minutes ago, oldshurst442 said:

    On the FWD based vehicle.  JUST because of how Mercedes has branded itself on the position it has taken vis-a-vis RWD and AWD. 

    Should read:  "on the position it has taken vis-a-vis RWD and FWD"

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    I think it looks good outside. I think it looks good inside. I'd drive one but the price tag is just too much for the size of vehicle(assuming, because it's a Mercedes). 

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    13 hours ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    The 3 series 6 cylinder is also turbocharged. Cadillac has 3 turbo V6es... All of which out power that BMW motor

    Certainly not in a competing model, yet. 

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    • By Drew Dowdell
      The Cadillac ATS and CTS didn't sell well.  They had great handling and a large selection of engines, but they were hampered by interiors that were cramped for the class and infotainment systems that could confound people.  Sedans are dying, Cadillac gets that too. That's why they are consolidating the ATS and CTS onto a single car called the CT5, released last week at the New York International Auto Show. Rumors have it that the CT5 will start in the mid-30s and Cadillac is insisting that, despite its size, the CT5 is aligned against the 3-series and C-Class. But in doing so, where does that leave the car? Could Cadillac be realigning their cars so they become the largest cars in a particular price class?  It would be a very traditionally Cadillac thing to do. There was a time when Cadillac would brag about having the longest production cars in its class. Even the original CTS was sized like a 5-series but priced like a 3-series.  More on that later. 
      I'm a lifelong fan of Cadillac.  I want to be excited about the CT5. While I do think the car looks handsome, it doesn't excite me like the CT6 does.  There is no one thing I can put my finger on, not even the black plastic triangle playing the part of a third window.  The car just doesn't command a presence as the CT6 does. And though the overall look of the front is handsome, I get flashbacks of Impala from certain angles. It does look far better in person than Cadillac's or my own photography show.
      Inside, Cadillac has upped their game on the quality of the materials, but they phoned the styling in. As some readers have pointed out, it even appears as if some trim pieces have been repurposed from the CTS. There is a large tablet stuck to the dash for the infotainment system, which is thankfully no longer the old CUE system. It looks to be similar in function and layout to those found in GMC's trucks. I have found that system to work well, so I don't see any problem there. A large dial in the center console can control the unit as well, useful if you're wearing gloves.  Capacitive touch buttons have been replaced by real physical buttons. They are well weighted and feel substantial, indeed even Mercedes-like for the HVAC controls.    Cadillac took to heart all of the criticism over their gauges in the previous cars and produced a good looking set of round dials for tach and speedometer with a driver information screen between.  The seats are firm and supportive, getting into position is quick and easy, but they don't match the 24+ way seats that Lincoln is offering these days.  Rear seat room has improved dramatically over the ATS, though feels about the same as a CTS.  Cadillac's Precision Control Shift is there.  I've found it annoying to use, but it has a similar operation to the BMW gear control that many people like, so maybe it is just me.  I think Cadillac (and everyone else) should chuck the shifter knob on their cars and go to something more digital.  One piece of technology in the CT5 that I really love is Cadillac's SuperCruise.  I've used SuperCruise to drive from Pittsburgh to New York, roughly 350 miles, and I was only actively piloting the car for about 10% of the time. 
      Engines in the CT5 seem to be introductory offers, but there is also room to grow. The base engine is a 2.0 liter twin-scroll turbo producing 237 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. That's a bit light for the class.  The optional engine is a 3.0 liter twin-turbo making 335 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque.  Both engines are mated to a 10-speed automatic with all-wheel drive optional. Both engines also have displacement on demand and can shut down cylinders to conserve fuel in light-load situations.  Cadillac has plenty of room to maneuver here with engines though. For future versions like V-Sport and V-Series, they have the 400hp version of the 3.0TT, or the 420hp 3.6TT, or the new 4.2 liter Blackwing when more performance is called for.  
      Overall, this could be a very compelling car starting at $34,995 and being as long as a Mercedes-Benz E-Class. That's where the size issue comes in. Cadillac would have a hard time moving this CT5 if they price it alongside the same size German models. If this is going to be Cadillac's strategy, offer the biggest car for the price, then they need to drum that mindset into the heads of consumers. That takes advertising dollars.  Otherwise, they are just going to be repeatedly compared to vehicles outside of their price class and lose in every comparison test.  The CT6 being priced just $1,000 more than an E-Class leads me to believe this is what they are intending to do.   
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    • By Drew Dowdell
      The all-new Sonata embodies Hyundai’s Sensuous Sportiness design language with a sophisticated four-door-coupe look
      Hyundai’s third-generation vehicle platform enables improvements in design, safety, efficiency and driving performance Hyundai First: Sonata’s Digital Key allows the vehicle to be unlocked, started and driven without a physical key, via a smartphone Hyundai First: Hidden Lighting Lamps turn chrome when off and lit when on Hyundai today introduced its all-new 2020 Sonata at the New York International Auto Show, marking the North American debut of Hyundai’s longest-standing and most successful model. The eighth-generation Sonata is unlike any of its predecessors, showcasing Hyundai’s Sensuous Sportiness design philosophy, an all-new Smartstream G2.5 GDI engine and segment-first technology that can be personalized. Production of the 2020 Sonata starts in September at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama and retail sales begin in October.
      Customers can choose between two Smartstream gasoline powertrains: a 2.5 GDI and a 1.6 T-GDI engine, both mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The new Smartstream G2.5 GDI engine, with high-efficiency combustion, cooled EGR and an optimized ITMS cooling system, boasts a generous 191 horsepower at 6,100 rpm and 181 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm, plus an expected combined EPA estimated fuel economy of 33 mpg. Meanwhile, the new Smartstream G1.6 T-GDI has 180 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 195 lb.-ft. of torque at 1,500–4,500 rpm and is expected to achieve an EPA estimated 31 mpg combined, thanks to its world-first Continuously Variable Valve Duration (CVVD) system.
      Production of the 2020 Sonata starts in September 2019.
       

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