The 2016 Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG facelift has been spied for the first time featuring a light amount of camouflage.

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG facelift has been spied for the first time featuring a light amount of camouflage.

Spotted in southern Europe, the prototype had some minor disguise on the bespoke grille, front and rear bumpers, as well as on the headlights and taillights which are bound to receive slightly different graphics. The side profile appears to be identical while the interior cabin will likely be carried over with some subtle revisions but nothing to write home about.

By far the most important change will be a power boost to dethrone the 367 HP Audi RS3 Sportback. In its current configuration, the Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG packs a 360 HP (265 kW) punch from a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine, but word on the street says output will be bumped to somewhere in the region of 380 HP (280 kW).

Taking into account the current A45 AMG needs 4.6 seconds until 62 mph (100 km/h), the more powerful version will likely shave off 0.1s on its way to the same electronically-capped top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).

Mercedes-Benz will probably decide to unveil the revised A-Class family in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

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