Mercedes-Benz A-class debuts at Geneva show – Autoweek

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Mercedes-Benz has gone to the drawing board for the third-generation unveiled on Monday prior to the of the Geneva motor show. by Mercedes-Benz.

The five-door hatchback, set for sale in September but not planned for the lineup, forgoes the tall stature of its predecessor f Photo by

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Mercedes-Benz has gone back to the board for the third-generation A-class. on Monday prior to the opening of the motor show .

The five-door set for European sale in September but not for the U.S. lineup, forgoes the one-box stature of its predecessor for a lower two-box stature gives it a more conventional This puts the A-class direct competition with the new A3. the BMW 1-series. the Volvo V40 and Europe’s best seller, the Volkswagen .

The A-class rides on Mercedes-Benz’s new front architecture (MFA) that underpins the second-generation The platform is also set to be used the upcoming CLC, the CLC Shooting and the GLC off-roader, all three of which are set to be in North American.

The new A-class has been re-engineered the ground up.

It’s completely down to the last detail, CEO Dieter Zetsche says.

at last year’s Shanghai show, the A-class adopts a sculptured look. Details a bullish front end dominated by two-slat grille; angular with LED accents; and a relatively hood owing to the transverse of the engine. There are prominent lines along the flanks, a rising waistline and a rear end by uncharacteristic (for Mercedes) LED tail lamps and an angled window shadowed by a large

Dimensionally, the new A-class is greatly over the model it replaces. is up by 19.2 inches to 169.0 width increases by 0.6 inch to inches and height drops by 6.4 to 56.4 inches. A claimed of drag of 0.26 puts new car at the top of its class in terms of overall

Together with the basic Mercedes has developed three styling packages: Urban, and AMG Sport. Among the key priorities by Mercedes design boss Wagener was to give the car an appearance would appeal to younger No other car in this segment is as he says.

The A-class eschews the gasoline and diesel engines in the first- and second-generation models. are replaced by a range of four-cylinder all offered in other Mercedes or sourced from alliance Renault. The gasoline engines use a of turbocharging and direct injection.

A six-speed manual gearbox is with a seven-speed dual-clutch offered as optional equipment. have automatic stop/start as of a raft of fuel-saving features.

standard front-wheel drive, is planning to offer the A-class a 4Matic option. Unlike the used in the C-, E- and S-class, it is based a multiplate clutch system with right-hand drive.

planned is a storming A25 AMG 4Matic It runs a heavily tuned of Mercedes’ turbocharged 2.0-liter engineered by AMG and rumored to develop in the of 350 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. The same will be fitted to an upcoming AMG 4Matic model planned for American sale.

Mercedes is also preparing at two alternative-drive variants, but they likely to go on sale until at the earliest. Included is a range using a 900-cc, three-cylinder engine and a lithium-ion battery as well as a hydrogen-based fuel-cell

Underpinning it all is a newly developed system also found the B-class. It consists of MacPherson up front and a four-link design at the

Mercedes is already talking up the credentials of the A-class, which it as one of the safest cars in its class. in the standard specification is a radar-based system, the Pre-Safe occupant-protection and attention assist.

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