2012 Mercedes-Benz A-Class

2012 Mercedes-Benz A-Class

The new A-Class was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show today . Mercedes hopes the car’s sporty styling will make it a strong competitor against the BMW 1 series and Audi A3.  The unveiling of the Volvo V40 should also add some competition to this luxury hatchback segment.

According to an article written by Automotive News, Mercedes – Benz is targeting buyers aged from the late 30s to the mid-40s and expects more than half of A class customers will be new to the brand, which has traditionally drawn older, wealthier customers.

The new A-class comes with a range of engines from 80kW to 155kW.

The petrol engines range in power from 90 kW in the A 180 to 115 kW in the A 200 through to 155 kW (211 hp) in the A 250.

The diesel engines range in power from 80kW, 250Nm torque in the A 180 CDI to 100kW, 300Nm torque in the A 200 CDI through to 125kW, 350Nm torque in the A 220 CDI.

Each of the A-class model variants comes with 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.

The A-Class ride height is down by 180mm compared to its predecessor so that car sits closer to the road. A noticeably lower centre of gravity and a new 4-link rear axle provide the basis for this.

Customers can choose between various suspension settings, among them the optional sports suspension with Direct-Steer system.

We have to admit that we were never really fans of the old A – Class but given the unveiling of the new A – Class today, we have changed our minds, well in terms of looks anyway.  We can’t wait to see it on the roads.

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