One turbo diesel variant breaks the 100g/km barrier.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG
- Sept. 16, 2012
2013 Mercedes A-Class 180 CDI – It’s not cheap, we will not see it here and when equipped with the 1.6L turbo diesel and 6-speed stick, provides a 62 mpgUS combined rating on the NEDC. Maybe 50 mpgUS on our own EPA?
Mercedes-Benz’ next chapter in Europe: The A-Class with a best-in-class drag coefficient of 0.27 and the very latest is safety hardware including radar-based Collision Prevention Assist.
What is most amazing is that Mercedes has already received 50,000 orders for the new A-Class prior to its market launch yesterday!!!
The readers of the car magazine AUTO BILD, of which 100,000 took part, voted the new A-Class as Germany's most attractive car.
I like it. What is your take?
2013 Mercedes –Benz All-new A-Class
Audio USB, Headlamp Assist and 12-button multifunction steering wheel, the A-Class is a fully equipped micro even in its base configuration. With "Urban", "Style" and "AMG Sport" appointment lines, three Design packages ("Night", "Exclusive" and "AMG Exclusive") as well as further optional extras, the model can be customized to suit every individual taste for a lot of $’s.
Available appointments include the Intelligent Light System, electrically adjustable front seats with memory function or dashboard finished in ARTICO man-made leather (part of the Exclusive package). All three appointment lines feature front sports seats with integrated head restraints and contrasting stitching, and can be combined with all engine variants.
Mercedes A-Class Advanced Infotainment
The “Drive Kit Plus” for the iPhone provides access to the Digital Drive Style app that include navigation from Garmin, with internet-based, real-time traffic information, online POI searches including Street View and 3D map display. Other functions include Facebook, Twitter and AUPEO! personal radio. Do not ask what you can or cannot do while driving down the road because I do not know. Hopefully little at speed?
Mercedes A-Class Safety
A drivers view
The A-Class is equipped with a radar-based collision warning system with adaptive Brake Assist which lowers the risk of rear-end collisions. This Collision Prevention Assist system is able to provide a visual and audible warning to alert a potentially distracted driver and can prepare Brake Assist for the most precise possible braking response. This is initiated as soon as the driver operates the brake pedal decisively. The Attention Assist drowsiness detection system also comes as standard. The Pre-Safe anticipatory occupant protection system is also available for the A-Class for the first time, while Distronic Plus adaptive cruise control is available as an option.
The A-Class includes 7 airbags (front, side, side curtain and driver knee airbag) as standard with outboard rear seat side airbags an option. This is a little perplexing given Chevrolet offers 10-airbags including the outboard rear side airbags in all of its latest designed sedans and hatches in the US from the hyper affordable Spark to the iconic Malibu.
Mercedes A-Class Drivetrain
A wide choice of gasoline and turbo diesel engines meets new heights in terms of efficiency but we will only focus on the most fuel efficient. The A 180 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY is the very first Mercedes-Benz to break the 100 g/km threshold.
All engines of the new A-Class feature the ECO start/stop function and can be combined with a new six-speed manual transmission (A 180, A 180 CDI, A 200, A 200 CDI) or optional 7G-DCT dual clutch automatic transmission (standard on the A 220 CDI and A 250/250 Sport).
Mercedes A-Class Base Specs and Pricing
|Model||Displacement||Transmission||Output (HP)||Fuel Economy (mpgUS combined on the NEDC)||MSRP|
|A 180 CDI Blue Efficiency||1461 cc||6-speed MT||109||62||$34,733|
|A 180 CDI Blue Efficiency||1796 cc||7G-DCT||109||56||$37,575|
All prices incl. 19% VAT
The Mercedes-Benz A-Class has been a bestseller premium micro in Europe across two generations with the all-new third making waves. Since the first generation launch in 1997, it has sold nearly 2.2 million units. The second generation launched in 2005 achieved over one million unit sales and Mercedes has high hopes for the all-new third that reached dealership showrooms yesterday.
We’ll be watching from afar…