After few leaked photos, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz A-Class finally made its debut today and promises to open a new chapter in the compact segment. The new Mercedes-Benz A-Class also marks the first time when performance specialists from AMG were involved in the development of the compact class from a very early stage.
Under the hood, the 2013 A-Class offers the new generation of petrol engines with a displacement of 1.6 and 2.0 litres delivering 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. All engine feature the combination of direct injection and exhaust gas turbocharging.
Camtronic also celebrate its premiere in the 1.6-litre engine and can adjust the valve lift on the intake side and restrict the amount of fresh mixture used in the partial load range, so reducing consumption. Regarding the diesel engines, the A 180 CDI offers an output of 80 kW (109 hp) and a maximum torque of up to 250 Nm, while the A 200 CDI has a maximum output of 100 kW (136 hp) and torque that rises to 300 Nm. The A 220 CDI, this model is powered by the 2.2-liter diesel engine delivering 125 kW (170 hp) and torque of 350 Nm.
All the engines feature the ECO start/stop function as standard and can be combined either with the new six-speed manual transmission or, as an option, with the 7G-DCT dual-clutch automatic transmission. Although for the moment is not available, Mercedes-Benz promises to offer an all-wheel drive version of the A-Class. Its exceptional aerodynamic performance, with a new record Cd value of 0.26, puts the A-Class at the top of its class.
Moreover, the 2013 A-Class will offer various suspension settings, among them the optional sports suspension with Direct-Steer system. In addition, the A-Class is the only vehicle in its segment to feature a radar-based collision warning system with adaptive Brake Assist, which lowers the risk of rear-end collisions. Dubbed Collusion Prevention Assist, this system gives a visual and acoustic warning to alert a possibly distracted driver to identified obstacles.
Moreover, the new A-Class offers new systems borrowed from the larger model series, such as Attention Assist (standard), Brake Hold fuction (standard), Hill-Start Assist (standard), Distronic Plus, Adaptive Highbeam Assist, Speed Limit Assist (speed limit sign recognition), Speed Limit Assist (speed limit sign recognition), Active Parking Assist, Linguatronic, Reversing Camera.
The new Mercedes-Benz A 250 Sport and the A 220 CDI Sport will also be available with the AMG Sport Package, consisting of exclusive 18-inch AMG light-alloy wheels in a 5-spoke design, new front and rear bumpers with hints of red, as well as new black trim and additional accents in red for the interior. According to the manufacturer, the A 250 Sport and the A 220 CDI Sport models offer a are differentiated, amongst other factors, by a special AMG-developed front axle and a suspension that has been configured to match.