The new Mercedes Benz A-Class will start from £18,945 when it is launched in December 2012.
There will be five trim levels or as Mercedes prefer model lines and a choice at launch of two petrol engines –1,595cc (122 hp), 1,595cc (156 hp) and a 1,991cc (211 hp) unit. And three diesel units, 1,461cc (109 hp), 1,796cc (109 hp) or 1,796cc (136 hp).
There is a choice of either a 6-speed manual or 7G-DCT 7-speed double clutch automatic depending on the engine and trim level selected.
Mercedes Benz A-Class (£18,945)
The A 180 BlueEFFICIENCY petrol is available with a six-speed manual and includes comfort suspension; fabric upholstery; and Audio 20 CD/radio with 5.8” colour display; MP3, WMA and AAC-compatible; aux-in socket; USB port within the centre armrest, Bluetooth and Becker Map Pilot pre-wiring
A-Class SE (£20,125 - £22,650)
The A-Class A180 SE offers the distinctive two lamella grille in the vehicle body colour; comfort suspension; 16” 10-spoke alloy wheels; sports seats in a fabric and ARTICO stripe design; Nappa leather steering wheel; fabric trim parts with stylish contrast stitching; and Audio 20.
The SE is available as both A 180 BlueEFFICIENCY petrol (122hp) and A 180 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY, with the diesel variant offering 109hp and from 98g CO2/km – the first Mercedes Benz to emit below 100 g/km CO2 emissions. The diesel model returns 74.3mpg on the official combined cycle.
A-Class Sport (£21,240 - £24,720)
The A-Class Sport model gives a choice of four engine options: A 180 BlueEFFICIENCY petrol (122hp), A 200 BlueEFFICIENCY petrol (156hp), A 180 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY diesel (109hp), and A 200 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY diesel (136hp). The A 200 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY reaches 0-62mph in 6.2 seconds and returns 65.7mpg with CO2 emissions of 114 g/km when matted with the 7G-DCT automatic transmission.
Designed to look more dynamic than the SE, the Sport offers twin visible exhaust pipes; 17” bi-colour five-twin spoke alloy wheels and the two lamella grille in silver with chrome highlights. Inside, the Sport offers a perforated Nappa leather steering wheel, ARTICO trim parts with contrast stitching, sports seats in a fabric and ARTICO chequered design and Audio 20.
The Sport model is fitted with comfort suspension, as well as cruise control with Speedtronic, and comes with rain sensors and interior ambient lighting.
A-Class AMG Sport (£24,015 - £24,895)
The AMG Sport includes the Dynamic Handling Package with sports suspension; perforated disc brakes and cruise control with Speedtronic, as well as AMG bodystyling; 18” AMG five-spoke alloy wheels; AMG floor mats and door sill panels; and the two lamella grille in silver with chrome highlights.
In addition, the AMG Sport, which is offered for the A 200 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY, A 220 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY, A 200 BlueEFFICIENCY and A 250 BlueEFFICIENCY with up to 211hp, has a flat-bottomed perforated Nappa leather sports steering wheel, Alcantra trim parts with sporty red stitching, sports seats in ARTICO and Dinamica, rain sensors, ambient lighting and Audio 20, as per the Sport line.
A-Class Engineered by AMG (£28,775)
The Engineered by AMG model is available with the A 250 BlueEFFICIENCY at launch, and the A 220 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY AMG Sport in Spring 2013 (automatic transmission only). It has a Diamond grille with one louver, taken directly from Concept A-CLASS of 2010; AMG sports suspension; red brake callipers; 18” AMG twin-spoke alloy wheels, and 235/40 R18 tyres; and changes to the ESP characteristics.
The Engineered by AMG model will also feature bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights; red trim parts in the front and rear bumpers; privacy glass; red seat belts and air vent rings; and wheel arch and floor mats with Sport badges.
Standard safety equipment on all models includes ESP, Active Bonnet and Adaptive Brake with HOLD function and Hill-Start Assist, standard specification includes the radar-based COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST, which can reduce the risk of nose-to-tail collisions, or minimise their effects, in conjunction with the standard ADAPTIVE BRAKE feature.Published 27 June 2012