2013 Mercedes-Benz A Class
The latest version marks several major departures from previous generations, namely, the switch to a more conventional hatchback design instead of the previous van-like body.
Another departure is the planned U.S. launch of the new A Class sometime next year, which will mark the first time that Mercedes’ entry-level model is offered in the States.
As for the car itself, it has debuted in regular five-door trim, which will be followed by a sportier three-door version as well as a high-performance AMG model. The initial engine lineup consists of a range of four-cylinder engines outputting between 109 and 211 horsepower.
All engines in the new A Class feature the ECO start/stop function as standard. The engines can be combined either with either a six-speed manual transmission or, as an option, with a 7G-DCT dual-clutch automatic transmission, which is the more fuel efficient option.
However, in addition to being frugal, the new A Class underlines that for Mercedes-Benz safety is not a question of price--the standard specification includes, amongst other things, the radar-based COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST system. Other safety features, either standard or available, include ATTENTION ASSIST, Hill-Start Assist, Adaptive Highbeam Assist, Blind Spot and Lane Keep Assist, Active Parking Assist, and a backup camera.
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Another area of customization is the three main trim choices for the A Class: Urban, Style, and AMG Sport. The latter is the choice of performance fans and comes with unique styling elements including a custom grille and 18-inch light alloy wheels, as well as red-painted brake calipers and a dressed up interior.
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