New A-Class from Mercedes-Benz – New Models – Gearheads

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Mercedes-Benz A-Class

New A-Class from Mercedes-Benz

The Mercedes-Benz A-Class has never been the most exciting model to come from the Stuttgart-based company. With boxy styling, banal engines and a boring persona, it didn’t exactly get top marks in the rather important automotive subject of exciting motoring.

However, there’s a new Mercedes-Benz A-Class on the road that promises all this and more. With a brand-new look, engines ranging from 80kW to 155kW and safety systems to ensure you’ll live long enough to enjoy all of it, the new Mercedes are hoping the new A-Class will breath new life into an historically mundane car.

Mercedes-Benz A-Class design

Standing as much as 160 millimetres lower on the road than the preceding model, the new A-Class has benefitted from a clean-sheet design that redefines what we thought we knew about the model and reflects a new Mercedes-Benz design strategy.

The interior of the A-Class represents a big step forward for the German brand. All trim elements have been given an electroplated finish, resulting in real metal surfaces with #8220;cool touch#8221; effect.

Despite looking like two individual seats with a rather sporty design, the rears seats provide room for three passengers. The boot volume is 341 litres and, if the rear seat backrests are folded down, its capacity jumps to 1 157 litres. In all models the seat backrests feature a 60:40 split and can be folded forward individually.

A-Class model range

With air conditioning, Audio 5 USB, electric windows all round, Headlamp Assist and 12-button multifunction steering wheel, the A-Class is already pretty well equipped even in its base configuration. With #8220;Urban#8221;, #8220;Style#8221; and #8220;AMG Sport#8221; appointment lines, three Design packages (#8220;Night#8221;, #8220;Exclusive#8221; and #8220;AMG Exclusive#8221;) as well as further optional extras, the model can be

customised to suit individual tastes.

Mercedes-Benz A-Class

Available appointments, many familiar from higher vehicle classes, include the Intelligent Light System, electrically adjustable front seats with memory function or dashboard finished in ARTICO man-made leather (part of the Exclusive package). All three appointment lines feature front sports seats with integrated head restraints and contrasting stitching, and can be combined with all engine variants.

Mercedes-Benz drivetrain

A wide choice of petrol and diesel engines are available on the new A-Class, all of which feature the ECO start/stop function as standard. The engines can be combined with the new six-speed manual transmission or optionally with the 7G-DCT dual clutch automatic transmission

The A 180 CDI kicks off at 80kW and offers maximum torque of up to 250 Nm (dual clutch transmission ) or 260 Nm (6-speed manual transmission). Merc reckons the manual version consumes just 3.8 litres/100km, corresponding to 98g of CO 2 /km. The new top diesel, the A 220 CDI, develops an output of 125kW and 350Nm of torque and, in combination with the 7G-DCT automatic dual clutch transmission, is said to consume only 4.3 litres/100km.

On the petrol front, the A 200 develops 115kW and 250Nm of torque but is said to consume only 5.4 litres/100 km (127g CO 2 /km – figures for the 7G-DCT). Even the new top model #8211; the A 250 Sport #8211; with the 7G-DCT and producing 155 kW and 350 Nm is fairly efficient with a claimed consumption of 6.1 litres and CO 2 emissions of 148g/km.

Three chassis and suspension set-ups are available: the comfort suspension and optional sports suspension (in conjunction with the Dynamic Handling package or the AMG Sport equipment line). In addition, the A 250 Sport has a sporty, #8220;engineered by AMG#8221; high-performance suspension .

In an innovative move in the compact segment, the A-Class is equipped as standard with a radar-based collision warning system with adaptive Brake Assist, a combination which lowers the risk of rear-end collisions. The COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST system gives a visual and audible warning to alert a possibly distracted driver to identified obstacles, and prepares Brake Assist for the most precise braking response possible.

The integration of the iPhone into the vehicle means that Mercedes-Benz is now able to offer the Facebook generation its natural home on four wheels in the guise of the new A-Class. Along with Facebook, Twitter and so on, the #8220;Drive Kit Plus for the iPhone ® #8220;, together with the Daimler app concept, brings further digital lifestyle services and content into the vehicle.

Highlights include advanced navigation software from Garmin, with internet-based real-time traffic information, online destination searches and 3D map display. The Becker MAP PILOT offers a low-cost 3D navigation function.

Mercedes-Benz A-Class

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