Mercedes-Benz A-Class gets two BlueEFFICIENCY Edition models

Article by Christian A., on January 17, 2013

Mercedes-Benz will add two fuel-efficient and eco-friendly BlueEFFICIENCY Edition models to the range. Only a few months ago, the automaker launched the A-Class. The A 180 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY Edition gets the title as the most fuel-efficient Mercedes-Benz of all time. Under the MVEG cycle, it has a fuel consumption figure of 3.6 l/100 km.

In addition, its CO2 emissions level is only at 92 g/km. Meanwhile, the A 180 BlueEFFICIENCY Edition petrol model, with a fuel consumption level of 5.2 l/100 km and CO2 emissions of 120 g per km, is one of the models in its class with the highest efficiency.

Mercedes-Benz will start selling the models on Feb. 1. Deliveries will begin in March 2013. The BlueEFFICIENCY Edition models have an even lower efficiency than the basic vehicles by 0.2 (diesel) and 0.3 l/100 km (petrol) respectively, standing for a 5% improvement in each case.

Factors that raise its efficiency include a drop in the Cd value of the A-Class from 0.27 (which is already the best for hatchback models) to 0.26. To optimize the aerodynamics further, the vehicles get a partial covering of the upper section of the radiator grille, aerodynamically shaped spring link coverings that enhance the flow of air along the underbody at the rear axle, and a suspension that was lowered by 15 millimetres.

The manual transmission as well as the generator management system was also revised. The manual transmission now gets longer gear ratios in the higher gears.

BlueEFFICIENCY Edition models could be distinguished by their round LED daytime running lamps attached to the bumper, considering that customers have not chosen either of the available options of bi-xenon headlamps or the Intelligent Light System.

Mercedes-Benz A-Class features an exterior design that is characterized by tautly drawn surfaces and defined edges. The constant interplay between its convex and concave surfaces produces a distinct play of light, especially along its sides, contributing to its unique look.

Among the typical features of the car’s long and sporty front are its separate headlamps, its pronounced V shape, its radiator grille with the Mercedes-Benz star, the double slats to both sides of the star, and the additional side air intakes. It has a "dropping line" that is apparent in its side profile and that fades towards the front end. Meanwhile, its headlamps’ design, along with the layout of their light functions, is a key element of the car’s design concept.

What’s more, the light modules as well as the LEDs behind the cover glass of the headlights, have been configured in such a way that creates a "flare effect" for the indicators and the daytime driving lights. This "flare" is created with the headlamp's feature line, the indicators' bulb sets, and the daytime running lamps' LED modules. This signature flare effect lends an energetic look to the car and helps define a youthful face for the brand.

Additionally, the great interplay between excellent aerodynamics and dynamic design is very apparent in the car's roof, with its taut and arcing curve and smooth surfaces. The silhouette shows smooth and flowing lines that finish in a flat edge. Also, the roof spoiler, which hides all the aerials, lends an added touch of sportiness as well as structure to the roof. What's more, the car's beltline rises to its rear in order to form a prominent wedge shape.

The car's side view is made recognizable by sculptural side panels as well as crisp lines that are molded sensuously. Moreover, the structural edge of the front falls in a gentle arc towards the rear. The vehicle's powerfully shaped shoulder muscles located above the rear axle help emphasize the car's coupé-like character. Furthermore, a line sweeps up from the rear wheel arch's front then gently dissipates. All of these lines lend dynamism and depth to the car's profile. The dynamic side sill panels provide a finishing touch towards the bottom, enhancing the look of elegant light-footedness.

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