2012 Mercedes A-class Design
The Mercedes A-class was officially exposed at the last Geneva motor show in March. The new car has been re-engineered based on the new modular front architecture from the ground up.
The newest Mercedes A-class adopts a heavily sculptured look with a bullish front end dominated by shapes with the traditional starry sky style. One of the most fascination are the full-LED high-performance lights with 90 optical fibers arranged to look like wings into the lamps. The curved rear window with the large spoiler on the top of the tailgate complete the well done design. The size in length is up at 4292mm, width at 1780mm and height of 163mm, all enough to claim a drag co-efficient of just 0.26 and to be a class-leader.
2012 Mercedes A-class engines
They are replaced by new range four-cylinder all available in other Mercedes or procuredfrom its French partner, Renault.The common rail diesels are a 1.8-litre units with 134bhp and 221lb ft in the A200 CDI and 107bhp and 147lb ft in the A180 CDI. In the A220 CDI a more powerful 2.2-litre generates 168bhp and 257lb ft. The gasoline lineup includes the A180 with a 121bhp 1.6-liter turbocharged engine, the A200 with a 154bhp version of the identical 1.6-liter unit, and the A250, powered by a 208bhp 2.0-l turbo. It is expected, but not soon a A25 AMG 4Matic version.
A seven speed dual clutch is option while a manual gearbox unit is offered as standard. The stop-start system see the A160 CDI achieve average CO2 emissions of just 99g/km for the first time.
The optional AMG sport styling package, gets 18-inch alloys wheels and 235/40 tyres.
The Mercedes A-class car will be available in Uk from £24,000 and will challenge the BMW 1-series and new Audi A3 and of course the Volkswagen Golf.
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