There are five model lines starting from £18,945 supported by two design-led packages and engines ranging from 109hp to 211hp with CO2 emissions from as low as 98g of CO2/km.
Posted on 28.06.2012
The basic A 180 BlueEFFICIENCY petrol, priced at £18,945, is available with a six-speed manual gearbox and comfort suspension. Equipment includes an Audio 20 CD/radio with 5.8" colour display which is MP3, WMA and AAC-compatible, an aux-in socket, a USB port within the centre armrest, Bluetooth and Becker Map Pilot pre-wiring.
The SE model, which starts from £20,125, adds a body-coloured two lamella grille, 16" 10-spoke alloys; sports seats and a Nappa leather steering wheel. It's available as both A 180 BlueEFFICIENCY petrol (122hp) and A 180 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY, with the diesel variant offering 109hp and CO2 emissions of 98g/km - the first Mercedes to dip below the 100 g/km barrier. The diesel model returns 74.3mpg on the official combined cycle.
The Sport model offers a choice of four engine options: two petrol and two diesel. The A 200 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY reaches 0-62mph in 6.2 seconds and returns 65.7mpg with CO2 emissions of 114 g/km when twinned with the 7G-DCT automatic transmission.
The Sport, starting from £21,240, features twin exhaust pipes, 17" bi-colour alloy wheels and the two lamella grille in silver with chrome highlights. It also has cruise control, rain sensors and interior ambient lighting fitted as standard.
The AMG Sport, from £23,445, features the Dynamic Handling Package with sports suspension, perforated disc brakes and cruise control with Speedtronic. AMG bodystyling includes 18" five-spoke alloys, AMG floor mats and door sill panels and the two lamella grille in silver with chrome highlights. Two diesel and two petrol engines are available topped by the A 250 BlueEFFICIENCY developing 211hp.
The interior features a flat-bottomed perforated Nappa leather sports steering wheel, Alcantara trim parts with sporty red stitching, sports seats in ARTICO and Dinamica, rain sensors, ambient lighting and Audio 20, as per the Sport line.
Completing the new A-Class model range is the Engineered by AMG model, which is available with the A 250 BlueEFFICIENCY at launch, and the A 220 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY AMG Sport from Spring 2013 (automatic transmission only).
The Engineered by AMG model includes the Diamond grille with one louvre, taken directly from Concept A-CLASS of 2010, AMG sports suspension, red brake callipers, 18" AMG twin-spoke alloy wheels with 235/40 R18 tyres and changes to the ESP characteristics.
The Engineered by AMG model also features bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, red trim parts in the front and rear bumpers, privacy glass, red seat belts and air vent rings and wheel arch and floor mats with Sport badges.
All engines of the new A-Class feature ECO start/stop as standard, and in addition to the new six-speed manual transmissions, the 7G-DCT dual clutch automatic is available across all engines too.
Safety features highly in the new A-Class. In addition to ESP, Active Bonnet and Adaptive Brake with HOLD function and Hill-Start Assist, standard specification includes the radar-based COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST, which can reduce the risk of nose-to-tail collisions, or minimise their effects, in conjunction with the standard ADAPTIVE BRAKE feature. COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST alerts a distracted driver through visual and acoustic warnings if it senses an accident is likely to happen. It also primes the Brake Assist function to ensure maximum stopping power as soon as the driver touches the brake pedal and functions from speeds of 20 mph.
Also included as standard is ATTENTION ASSIST: a system developed by Mercedes-Benz to monitor driver behaviour and warn of signs of tiredness. It is primarily based on steering wheel movements, since this is the first thing that becomes erratic when a driver is getting tired. The system monitors more than 70 parameters, which are then assessed for signs of drowsiness. It issues an audible warning and flashes up a visual warning in the instrument cluster: ATTENTION ASSIST Take a Break! The system is active at speeds of between 50 and 110 mph.
Well-known safety features from the larger Mercedes-Benz model ranges are also optionally available for the first time in the A-Class, including PRE SAFEŽ and DISTRONIC PLUS, as well as the blind spot, lane keeping and speed limit assistants.
For the first time, Mercedes-Benz has integrated the Apple iPhone comprehensively in to the new A-Class, including SIRI compatibility. The Drive Kit Plus, available as an option across all models, will enable drivers to access all the key content from their iPhone through the in-vehicle display, controlled safely via the centre armrest. The system, accessed via a special Mercedes-Benz app, allows users to send pre-determined messages, select music tracks and access social media, and will be optionally available across all the model lines as a retro fit at retailers.