New Mercedes A-Class details

16 May, 2012 12:00pm Mat Watson

The engine line-up for the new Mercedes A-Class has been revealed, with an A180 CDI capable of a tax-free 98g/km

The new Mercedes A-Class will offer class-leading performance, economy and emissions thanks to a range of specially developed turbo petrol and diesel engines, all with the latest stop-start tech.

Leading the charge will be the Renault-derived 1.5-litre diesel in the A180 CDI. It emits 98g/km of CO2 – the lowest of any Mercedes – and means exemption from road tax. It claims 62mpg fuel economy, too, while 108bhp and 260Nm of torque should mean decent pace.

Next in the diesel line-up is the A200 CDI. It uses Mercedes’ tried and tested 1.8-litre, but is revised to meet Euro VI emissions rules: it offers 111g/km of CO2 and 55mpg.

This engine also delivers 134bhp and 300Nm of torque. Topping the diesel range is the A220 CDI, featuring a 168bhp 2.1-litre with 350Nm of torque, for 0-62mph in 7.8 seconds.

But economy and emissions figures for this car have yet to be released. All diesels get new hydraulic engine mounts to help reduce vibration and noise.

Petrol A-Class buyers can pick from three new turbos. The A180 has a 1.6 with 120bhp and 200Nm of torque, claims 43mpg and emits 128g/km. A higher-performance version of this engine is used in the A200; power and torque are increased to 154bhp and 250Nm.

Finally, there’s the flagship A250, which gets a 2.0-litre petrol turbo with 208bhp and 350Nm, does 0-62mph in 6.6 seconds and hits 149mph. This engine still offers 39mpg and 143g/km, but is only available with Mercedes’ all-new seven-speed dual-clutch automatic box.

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"Leading the charge will be the Renault-derived 1.5-litre diesel"

Oh dear... I wonder if Mercedes offer free breakdown cover for 3 years?

Looks to much like a BMW 1 series and that is ugly!!!

Carmad: I thought it was just me. I don't know what else it looks like, nothing I hope. The front looks bulbous, and the side body sculpture seems at odds with the lines of the car.

They seem to have stolen a BMW 1, re badged it Merc and pushed it to the show room.

Those MPG and CO2 figures do not match for the petrol models at least. 128g/km should equate to combined MPG of about 50, and 143g/km should give 45.

Also sceptical about the Renault 1.5 diesel, given the previous stories indicated it would just be the same 1.8 as the A200. You'd expect them in this day and age to use just one or two diesel engines and offer them in various states of tune, rather than three individual units.

I agree with the guys and girls above, it does look like a 1-series, but facelifted to make it look better.

Not sure about the Renault engine, if I was paying Mercedes prices I would want Mercedes everything lol.

How can the above say this looks like a BMW 1 Series - get real! you can all perhaps explain the proportions of any hatchbacks in this sector. In proportion terms, the Audi, BMW and Merc have similar profiles due to the massive sports engine versions they offer.
What concerns me more is the Renault engine. How can someone as big as Mercedes go to Renault for an engine? Merc should have de-tuned one of their other engines.
What ever the arm chair critics say, without any doubt this will be a big seller and will be a common sight with the 1 Series.

Neither Mercedes nor BMW have ever been competitive in the (hot) hatch sector. At least BMW offers a RWD platform unique in this sector. Not that this makes much sense but for the wannabe street-racers it is an extra attraction feature. But what would make this Mercedes attractive beyond the badge?. The inflated price may be?

1 SERIES BADGED A CLASS WITH RENAULT & VAG ENGINES MOST CAR MAKERS ARE SHARING THE SAME CARS UNDERNEATH & ENGINES JUST CHANGING THE BODY STYLING TO KEEP COSTS DOWN, ITS GOTTO BE DONE THEY MUST WORK TOGETHER THE ONES THAT DONT WILL GO BANKCRUPT, IT'S JUST ADVERTISING THAT TELLS US THAT THEY'RE RIVALS WHICH IS FAR FROM THE TRUTH THESE DAYS THE VASS MAJORITY WORK TOGETHER SHARE CHASSIS & ENGINES & EVEN BODY SHELLS PARTS ETC.

NEW SHAPE GOLF / A CLASS.

My wife has a current A170 and although it looks a bit odd (different?), I love driving it round town. I've never known a car with better vision.

All I can say about the new A-Class is that they've spent an awful lot of money to produce a Vauxhall Astra!

Looks like a nice job and better than the one series. The line along the body that goes up at the end looks similar to the verso. Looks sporty without any additional trim.

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