Mercedes-Benz reveals third-generation A-Class

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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The Mercedes-Benz A-Class is an entry-level model currently unavailable in Canada. Yet, with the introduction of the third- generation version at this month's Geneva Motor Show, the redesigned hatchback may soon be bound for this country.

"A is for Attack: the A-Class is a clear statement of the new dynamism of the Mercedes-Benz brand", said Dr Dieter Zetsche, chairman of the board of management of Daimler AG and head of Mercedes-Benz Cars. "It is completely new, down to the last detail. In automotive development, it's not often you get the chance to start with a clean sheet of paper. Our engineers and designers have made the very most of that opportunity."

Available in Urban, Style and AMG Sport trim, the new A-Class is indeed a completely different car than the previous design, a good-looking hot hatch instead of an awkward mini-MPV. Its sleek, low-slung bodywork is much more shapely and muscular than before, especially when mounted on exclusive 18-inch AMG light-alloy wheels. At the front, the prominent Mercedes-Benz three-pointed star shines brightly in all its glory against a lustrous front grille. The distinctive body also features increasingly popular LED headlights and taillights.

Inside, the new A-Class features an attractive, three-spoke steering wheel with no less than 12 buttons on it. There are also five round air vents along the front of the dash and a sleek, display screen with a flush-mounted silver frame and piano black finish.

Engine choices include a range of diesel and gasoline powered units, and all feature start/stop technology that temporarily shuts them off whenever the vehicle slows to a stop. The three A-Class diesels produce 109 horsepower in the A 180 CDI, 136 horsepower in the A 200 CDI, and 170 horsepower in the A 220 CDI. In comparison, the gasoline variants churn out a respective 115, 156 and 211 horsepower in the A 180, A 200 and A 250 versions of the new A-Class. All engines can be mated to a new six-speed manual transmission or an optional 7G-DCT dual-clutch automatic.

Like other current Mercedes-Benz models, the new A-Class is laden with modern technologies. They include collision prevention assist, attention assist, hill-start assist, adaptive highbeam assist, blind spot assist and lane keeping assist, speed limit assist, active parking assist, Linguatronic voice control, and a rear-view camera among others.

Although no announcement has been made as yet regarding the arrival of the new A-Class in Canada, one can't help but think it's just a matter of time. After all, offerings from rival automakers including Mini and BMW have proven the worth of compact, premium automobiles to Canadian consumers.
©(Copyright Canadian Auto Press)

Topics: Hatchback, Mercedes-Benz, 2013, A Class, Subcompact,

Organizations: Mercedes-Benz

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