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The New Mercedes-Benz A-Class for 2012

The Mercedes-Benz A-Class mini MPV was first introduced by the German car maker Mercedes-Benz in 1997. It is generally seen as the entry level Mercedes-Benz, as it is the cheapest of the firm’s vehicles. The first generation model, known as W168, debuted a new front engine and front wheel drive layout which was unlike other cars from the firm. At this time the car was available only as a five-door hatchback. It sold well, with around 1.6 million units going out to customers worldwide over the years. The second generation model is known as the W169 and first went on sale in 2004. This second generation model introduced a new body style to the range – a three-door hatchback.

The new Mercedes which was given its global debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show is the third generation model of the car, and is expected to go in sale across Europe in September 2012. When it is first released the new A-Class will only be available as a five door hatchback, although Mercedes have confirmed that a smaller and sportier 3 door version of the car will follow within a year.

The new A-Class is a big departure from previous models, with a two-box design and a much sportier exterior. A range of engines will be available, delivering power from 109bhp up to 211bhp. Every one of the engines will also include ECO start-stop technology as a standard feature, which serves to significantly reduce fuel consumption and Co2 emissions, and will be offered with a choice of a new six-speed manual transmission or 7G-DCT dual-clutch automatic transmission.

A high-performance model of the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class has also been developed in cooperation with performance specialists AMG, called the A-Class Sport. In addition to a retuned suspension, new front axle and performance tyres from AMG, the Sport version will also come with design features including 18 inch light-alloy wheels, and painted red brake calipers.