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Mercedesí new A-Class released before Geneva Show

By SYF77 on 12 Mar 2012



After Volvo revealed the V40, it is now Mercedesí turn to heat up the hatchback segment with the release of its all new A-Class. The new model adopts a more hatchback-like body styling as compared to its predecessor, which looks more like a mini-MPV.

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The new A-Class is built upon the Stuttgartís new modular front architecture platform. Measuring 4292mm (L) x 1,780mm (B) x 1,433mm (H), it is 32mm shorter than its arch rival, the BMW 1 series. As compared to the new Volvo V40, it is shorter by a more significant 77mm. In my opinion, this is the right size as a hatchback should not be too long, otherwise it will end up looking like a station wagon.

At launch, the A-Class will be offered with three 4-cylinder petrol power plants. The A180 will be equipped with a 1.6L turbocharged unit producing 121 bhp. This sounds a bit weak as compared to the BMW 116iís 136 bhp TwinPower Turbo 1.6L. Next up is the A200, which is powered by a 154 bhp version of the same 1.6L turbo. The most powerful petrol version at the moment is the A250, which is propelled by a 2.0L turbo delivering a Golf GTI-rivaling 208 bhp. On the diesel front, the A180 CDI is powered by a 108 bhp 1.8L with 250Nm of torque. The A200 CDI uses the same unit but tuned for 134 bhp and 250Nm. The A220 CDI utilizes a 2.2L turbocharged unit that delivers 168bhp with 350Nm of twist. All versions can be ordered with a new six-speed manual gearbox or an optional 7G-DCT dual-clutch automatic transmission. Mercedes is also planning a super hot AMG version that will use a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that is expected to generate over 300 bhp.

The front-wheel-drive A-Class comes equipped with ECO start/stop function as standard. Other goodies include Blind Spot Assist, Lane Keeping Assist and an application which allows the driver to integrate his iphone into the carís infotainment system. Discerning drivers can opt for the AMG Sport package for sportier styling and a more dynamic chassis.

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SYF77
Written by SYF77
I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.



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Higherflux Mar 12 2012 04:50 PM
Very exquisite interior.
VellfireS Mar 13 2012 12:07 AM
way way way way way better than the previous A Class...
Wkwlb Mar 13 2012 02:22 AM
I will take the AMG version over the M135i anyday.... even though I am a bimmer fan, but the new 1 series is just fugly...
Pocus Mar 14 2012 01:04 AM
Wow.....I use to think Mercs are for Ah Beh or Towkay, but since the induction of the C180 it looks pretty exciting....now with the A class...WOW! I'm blown away...
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