Mercedes is preparing a minor facelift for the A-Class and a new report is indicating we can expect a higher performance A45 AMG as a result.
While the model was recently outgunned by the Audi RS3 Sportback - which has a turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine that develops 367 PS (362 bhp / 270 kW) and 465 Nm (342 lb-ft) of torque - Mercedes-AMG CEO Tobias Moers recently confirmed the facelifted A45 AMG will be introduced this fall and "be the most powerful again".
The executive declined to go into specifics but Autocar is reporting the output could climb to approximately 380 PS (375 bhp / 280 kW). If this number pans out, the hatchback could accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 4.5 seconds before hitting an electronically-limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).
Besides the upgraded engine, the A45 AMG is expected to gain a unique grille which will further differentiate it from other sporty A-Class variants.