The new C-Class has about 6,500 parts changed over its pre-facelift version, with nearly 50% changes from the initial C-Class range, the company said.
The A35 employs Affalterbach's seven-speed dual-clutch transmission with gear ratios configured for "very spontaneous acceleration in all speed ranges".
Mercedes says the A35 will be able to dash from standstill to 100km/h in 4.7 seconds before hitting an electronically limited top speed of 250km/h. The 4MATIC system can spend power to the front wheels only or split it 50:50 between front and back wheels. There's also 18-inch AMG light alloy wheels in twin-spoke design with a chrome lip, more pronounced side skirts, a new rear diffuser, a large rear wing, and two large round tailpipe finishers.
Speaking of drive modes, there are five to choose from - Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual. An AMG exhaust system has an automatically controlled flap for sound variation with the drive program.
There's additional adjustment for the ESP system, with "Basic" and "Advanced" modes on offer, while the optional adaptive damper systems come with three modes as well. The German automaker has promised that the rest of the C-Class line up, including the Coupe and Cabriolet and their respective AMG versions, will follow the sedan to India soon. It comes with restyled front and rear bumpers.
Front occupants are treated to AMG sports seats available in a range of trims, including leather/microfibre with red contrasting stitching and seatbelts, or with the digital grey accents you see here. The steering wheel has touch control button and the AMG Track Pace system is a data logger for track use.
Affalterbach - This is it - the hotly anticipated "entry level" AMG has been revealed ahead of its official world debut at the upcoming Paris Motor Show, and judged on looks alone you'd be forgiven for thinking this was the new (yet to be unveiled) A45. Yet perhaps the coolest feature for some will be the MBUX Augmented Reality function can display the racing lines of stored race tracks on the central screen or (optional) head-up display system.