All-wheel-drive (AWD) systems have usually been reserved for the larger models within the Mercedes line-up

All-wheel-drive (AWD) systems have usually been reserved for the larger models within the Mercedes line-up. The weight disadvantages are often too great in comparison to the driving dynamics benefits, but it looks like the engineering philosophy of their smaller vehicles is about to change.

According to AMG boss Ola Källenius, the upcoming A-Class AMG will feature the brand's AWD when it finally reaches the market in 2013. However, the news is hardly going to inspire our US based readers as there are no plans to bring the model across the Atlantic.

Previous reports have suggested the A-Class AMG will use a turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that generates in excess of 335 bhp (250 kW / 340 PS). This will give the model boasting rights over rivals such as the Audi RS3 Sportback and BMW's forthcoming M135i hatch.

Additionally, Källenius used the opportunity to confirm the expected news that the B-class range which rides on the same platform as the A-Class won't be getting an AMG-infused version.

 

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