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Hyundai i20? Who cares when Mercedes Benz is launching the A-class

By Rigval on 17 Mar 2012

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This is the newly revised Hyundai i20. It has 5 doors, 4 wheels, a steering wheel and is affordable. It won't be sold over here due to the fact that small cars aren't actually a worthwhile purchase due to the high COE prices. So it is actually pointless to talk about an affordable little subcompact that has recently been facelifted and features new fuel saving diesel and petrol engines.

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So lets talk about a not so affordable hatchback that would be sold here eventually- the new Mercedes Benz A-class. The car does not look like the previous Mercedes Benz A-class, instead of the MPV-like stance of the old car, the A-class is now a proper hatchback. It looks good too and it will be pitted directly against its rivals from BMW and Audi, the 1 series and A3 respectively.

From the factor of styling alone I believe Mercedes Benz has nailed it. It looks so much better balanced than the BMW 1series and is even more avant garde than the clinical looking A3. The Mercedes Benz A-class is actually very un-Mercedes Benz-like in styling. The curves are very fashion forward and feature lines are very distinctive on the sides. It is styled to capture the youngish crowd and it works extremely well. I predict that the new A-class should bring in sales from people who never even considered a Mercedes Benz before.

The front wheel drive A-class will have 4 cylinder engines from both Renault (via a JV arrangement kind of thing) and Mercedes itself. The petrol units will use a combination of turbocharging and direct-injection. The base 1.6-litre petrol engine will come from Renault. It will deliver 113bhp in the A180. Further up the line-up is the widely used Mercedes M270 engine. The Mercedes 1.6liter engine comes in two different states of tune -154bhp in the A200 and 208bhp in the A250. The A250 will be the one that pits the A-class against VW's Golf GTI.

Expect right hand drive versions of the Mercedes Benz A-class to go on sale in early 2013. Also expect an AMG version that would give headaches to Audi RS3 and BMW M135i owners. The AMG A-class will be equipped with all-wheel drive and an AMG tuned Mercedes Benz 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder that is already rumoured to hammer out 350bhp. When that happens, who would have thought that a Mercedes Benz would be the hot hatch that motorheads would dream of having.

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Written by Rigval
Born in 1972. Married with a kid. Loves B-road drives and have driven cars from the 1950s to date.

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Mecontle Mar 18 2012 11:16 AM
it is me or the shape looks like 116i , & i know i30 copied from 116i
Rigval Mar 19 2012 08:32 AM
It's just you.

But seriously, this is what you get when everything these days is CAD or computer designed. Everything looks similar as the basic outline is computer generated for optimum aerodynamics and what designers do these days it add their own styling flair or lines on the cars. But this actually looks better and more proportioned than the 1series.
Lwh Apr 10 2012 08:22 PM
Want a affordable hatchback? Ill get a Polo or a more expensive Golf or Astra any day!
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