The upcoming Mercedes-AMG A 45 will apparently be a step up in every way compared to the outgoing model. For the first time, it will pack a minimum of 400 hp and features a drift mode for some sideway action, reports CarAdvice.

The news comes straight from AMG main man Tobias Moers himself. On the sidelines of the Paris Motor Show, Moers said, “the next-generation 45 is an all-new story. It has a lot of improvements including the chassis, a brand new four-wheel drive system, there’s nothing common with what you know today.”

Transmission-wise, the A 45 is set to receive a new eight-speed dual-clutch unit, Moers said. Comparatively, the “milder” A 35 comes with a seven-speed AMG Speedshift dual-clutch transmission, sending 306 hp and 400 Nm to all four wheels (0-100 km/h in 4.7s). Moers confirmed that the new A 45 will produce over 400 hp, so expect a century sprint time around four seconds flat, if not quicker.

As for the driveline, the current A 45 uses a more conventional all-wheel drive system (front biased) that sends up to 50% of torque to the rear axle. However, this will change, although exactly how remains a company secret for now. At least we know Moers said this: “okay… you can go sideways with it.”

The drift mode tech will likely be computer controlled like the E 63 S, which enables even a novice driver to take advantage of the extra grunt under the bonnet. In the E 63 S, drift mode is activated when the car is set to the Race drive programme via the shift paddles. This deactivates ESP and turns the transmission into manual mode. When engaged, the mighty sedan operates purely in rear-wheel drive mode.

As for the chassis, Moers said, “the chassis compared to today… it’s unbelievable. We have various suspension in the car and it’s an improvement in every perspective. There’s more comfort, more rigidity in every way, so we put a lot of effort into the body in white. There’s lots of reinforcement and it fits perfectly.”

When asked about how the new A 45 will interact with the driver, Moers said that MBUX will play a key role in displaying user information and giving the driver control over performance logging. “We have really cool features. Much more emotional. We have a dedicated super sport kind of screen there that I personally put a lot of effort into designing. You have track pace and everything in the application,” he said.

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