Mercedes-Benz A-Class gets two BlueEFFICIENCY Edition models

Article by Christian Andrei, 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.

The 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.

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