The Mercedes-AMG A 35 sedan is not a part of the automaker’s lineup right here. Mercedes USA confirmed to CarBuzz that “The A 35 is not going to be supplied within the US marketplace for MY22.” The mannequin has already been scrubbed from Mercedes’ U.S. web page. The transfer eliminates what was the least costly providing within the AMG vary right here, the recent sedan beginning at $46,900 after vacation spot. The AMG GLA 35 crossover takes over as probably the most accessible AMG, costing $48,600 after vacation spot. The GLA 35 is powered by the identical 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder as within the A 35, placing out the identical 302 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque.
The automaker did not give a motive for making the transfer, however we are able to think about sluggish gross sales being a part of the rationale. The A-Class solely is available in sedan type within the U.S., a bodystyle low on an American automotive shopper’s checklist of favorites. Based on Automobile Gross sales Base, the whole A-Class lineup, which incorporates the non-AMG A 220 in front- and all-wheel drive, bought 11,732 models in 2020, about 6,000 models down on 2019. The GLA crossover lineup, sitting on the identical MFA2 platform because the A-Class sedan, bought 16,509 models in 2020. Nonetheless, whereas the GLA vary had been beating its 2020 gross sales numbers this yr till the semiconductor crunch took an enormous chew out of Q3 figures, the A-Class fell behind final yr’s gross sales early and the hole to 2020 has grown wider because the yr has progressed.
With the A35’s beginning value about $12,000 greater than the common A-Class, the AMG can be a tiny fraction of these shrinking figures. In our evaluate, we praised it for driving drama and inside luxurious its opponents cannot match. However the value ballooned shortly with after including the sorts of choices you’d need in a hi-po luxurious sedan. It made sense as an fanatic’s sizzling compact in close to normal type. The worth argument drifted away as the worth rose above $50,000 and far more spectacular efficiency sedans got here into play like a properly outfitted Alfa Romeo Giulia, or perhaps a base BMW M340i.
In different markets, the AMG A 35 is predicted to bow with a beauty refresh someday subsequent yr that features a swap to the Panamericana grille the AMG line is understood for, and the newest model of the automaker’s MBUX infotainment. Mercedes was already on a mission to shed underperforming initiatives and shrink the corporate earlier than the availability chain disaster. Regardless of the causes, its no shock the model has culled a weak member of the U.S.-market herd. The A 220 will stay on sale right here.