The new Mercedes-Benz A-Class, premiered at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, comes with powerful engines ranging from 109 horsepower (80 kW) to 211 horsepower (155 kW) and very efficient with CO2 emissions from just 99 g/km. The new Mercedes-Benz car also offers a high standard in term of safety; the standard safety specification includes the radar-based Collision Prevention Assist system.
The Mercedes-Benz A-Class features exclusive 18-inch AMG light-alloy wheels in a 5-spoke design with 235/40 R18 tires all round and painted high-gloss black with a high-sheen finish, together with red-painted brake calipers. These give an indication of the particularly dynamic driving qualities of the A 250 Sport and the A 220 CDI Sport, which are differentiated, amongst other factors, by a special AMG-developed front axle and a suspension that has been configured to match. Hints of red on the AMG front and rear aprons also serve to emphasize the expressive positioning of the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class. The contrast between black trim and additional accents in red continues in the interior: the contrasting decorative topstitching on the steering wheel and seats is in this same bright shade, as are the seat belts. The ambient lighting of the instruments and the highlight rings of the air vents are similarly red.
A wide range of both petrol and diesel engines offered on the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class has something to achieve performance requirement while also provide the low CO2 emission of just 99 gr per kilometer.
The bandwidth of the new generation of petrol engines with a displacement of 1.6 and 2.0 liters ranges from 122 horsepower (90 kW) in the A 180 and 156 horsepower (115 kW) in the A 200 through to 155 kW (211 hp) in the A 250. Common to all is the combination of direct injection and exhaust gas turbocharging, a more advanced combustion process and an extended stratification range for lean-burn operation that uses fast-acting injectors for the multiple injection of the fuel as well as on-demand multi-spark ignition. CAMTRONIC is an innovation that will be celebrating its world premiere in the 1.6-litre engine: adjusting the valve lift on the intake side restricts the amount of fresh mixture used in the partial load range, so reducing consumption.
The diesel engines of the new Mercedes A-Class also offer high level of efficiency and environmental compatibility. The A 180 CDI generates an output of 80 kW (109 hp) and a maximum torque of up to 250 Nm, while the A 200 CDI has a maximum output of 100 kW (136 hp) and torque that rises to 300 Nm. The A 220 CDI has a displacement of 2.2 litres, an output of 125 kW (170 hp) and torque of 350 Nm.
All engines in the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class feature the 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 dynamism promised by the design and drive system is realized by the suspension. A noticeably lower centre of gravity and a new 4-link rear axle provide the basis for this; and would also make the installation of 4MATIC all-wheel drive possible. Customers can choose between various suspension settings, among them the optional sports suspension with Direct-Steer system. The electromechanical steering in the Mercedes-Benz A-Class has been completely redesigned, so that the electric motor for the power assistance now sits directly on the steering gear in the form of a compact and extremely precise Dual Pinion EPS.