'Stretched' Mercedes-AMG A35 L revealed for China...

Built “exclusively for the Chinese market”, the A35 L 4Matic has a wheelbase stretched by some 60 mm, allowing passengers in the rear to enjoy a “particularly high level of spatial comfort”.

As with the A35 Sedan (and the hatchback version plus the CLA35 ) on which it’s based, the A35 L is powered by a turbocharged 2,0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine offering 225 kW and 400 N.m. Mated to all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission as standard, this unit allows a claimed zero to 100 km/h sprint time of 4,9 seconds (one-tenth slower than the standard-wheelbase model) and a top speed of 250 km/h.

With the new A35 L 4Matic, we have developed a highly attractive entry-level model that ideally meets the needs and wishes of our Chinese customers in their local market, and will enable us to address new target groups," said Tobias Moers, chairman of Mercedes-AMG.

The newcomer will be produced exclusively at Beijing Benz Automotive Company, a joint venture between Daimler and its Chinese partner BAIC Motor, with the powerplant coming from the AMG engine factory in Kölleda.

But his true passion – reignited by a 1971 Austin Mini Mk3 still tucked lifeless in a dark corner of his garage – is of the automotive variety.

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