It’s official: 2013 Mercedes-Benz A-Class

Mercedes-Benz has revealed the brand new A-class model ahead of its first public appearance in Geneva later this week.

The all-new sculpted design presents a much sportier presence with the 2013 A-Class sitting almost 18 centimetres closer to the road than its predecessor as well as enjoying a new record Cd value of 0.26. Notable styling features include that pronounced V-shaped front, large radiator grille and additional air intakes in the front bumper, distinctive headlamps with integrated LED running lights, and muscular shoulders that sweep back towards the LED rear lamps and large tailgate spoiler.

1.6 and 2.0-litre petrol engine options range from 90 kW (115 hp) in the A 180 and 115 kW (156 hp) in the A 200 through to 155 kW (211 hp) in the A 250, while diesel fans are offered the 80 kW (109 hp) A 180 CDI, the 100 kW (136 hp) 200 CDI and the 2.2-litre 220 CDI which produces 125 kW (170 hp) and 350 Nm of torque. All models feature start/stop function as standard and come equipped with a six-speed manual transmission or optional 7G-DCT dual-clutch automatic. The new 4-link rear axle provides a lower centre of gravity, which not only results in better handling but also allows the installation of the company’s 4MATIC all-wheel drive.

Standard equipment includes Attention Assist, Brake hold function and Hill-Start Assist and Collision Prevention Assist: a radar-based warning system with adaptive Brake Assist, which gives a visual and acoustic warning to alert the driver to potentially dangerous obstacles, and instantly prepares Brake Assist to increase braking capability.

Three levels will be available on release: Urban, Style and AMG Sport, with the AMG Sport catching our attention. Engineered jointly with AMG, this model wears distinctive aprons with red accents, 18-inch five-spoke alloys, a diamond grille and red brake calipers. The A 250 Sport and A 220 CDI Sport feature a specially developed AMG front axle and suspension set-up.

[Source: Mercedes-Benz]

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