Mercedes gives A-Class revamp

2012-03-21 06:55

Mercedes has given the next generation A-Class a complete revamp, giving it a more dynamic styling in a bid to win a younger generation in the hotly competitive compact segment.

Engines are in the range from 80 kW to 155 kW with emissions starting at 99g per kilometre. All engines in the new A-Class feature the ECO start/stop function as standard. The engines can be combined either with the new six-speed manual transmission or, as an option, with the 7G-DCT dual-clutch automatic transmission.

In contrast to the previous model, the new generation is some 18 centimetres closer to the road with a new interpretation of the classic two-box design. The sides appear more taut, giving it a more sporty appearance.

Among the safety systems included as standard is a radar-based collision warning system with adaptive Brake Assist, which lowers the risk of rear-end collisions.

The car has the option of a smartphone to be fully integrated into the operating and display system. A special app makes it possible to use the full functionality of the Apple iPhone and in due course also of other smartphones.

All trim surfaces feature an electroplated finish in “silver chrome”, giving what Mercedes calls a “cool touch” effect.
Visual highlights include stand-out air vents and optional integral seats.

Celebrating its debut at the Geneva Motor Show, the new A-Class will be making its way to European dealers in September 2012.

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