.The pictures show the third-generation model has a conventional hatchback silhouette and forgoes the tall, one-box MPV-like statue of previous versions. It will rival the Audi A3, BMW 1-series and Volkswagen Golf when it goes on sale in the summer.
Mercedes has based the brand's smallest model on the new MFA (modular front architecture) platform. A range of petrol and diesel engines will be offered, echoing the units offered in the larger B-class. That means 107bhp and 136bhp turbocharged 1.8-litre common rail diesels and a turbocharged 1.6-litre direct injection petrol unit in two states of tune that produces either 154bhp or 120bhp.
Silver is said to be the AMG body kit. Car looks significantly better then the last A class which was terrible.2012 Mercedes-Benz A-Class revealed ahead of Geneva
IN MERCEDES-BENZ, NEWS ON MARCH 6, 2012 AT 2:27 AM
Images of the all-new 2012 Mercedes-Benz A-Class have been leaked online. These are the first official shots of the new hatch, revealing the sporty exterior and interior design.
Mercedes-Benz is looking to take on the Audi A3 and Volkswagen Golf with the 2013 Mercedes-Benz A-Class, offering a more sporty hatch layout with a fatter more hunkered down stance compared with the outgoing mini MPV-theme.
From these first images, the 2012 A-Class looks muscular yet stylish, showcasing Mercedes-Benz’s latest design language. There’s new headlights with LED daytime running lights incorporated inside, as well as a large, somewhat aggressive two-tier front grille layout with a big Mercedes badge in the middle.
Down the sides feature flowing panel lines leading up to the more rounded taillights compared with the outgoing model, a rising waistline, and an overall curvy roofline and rear end and tailgate.
These images also reveal what appears to be an AMG bodykit and upgrade package, as seen on the silver car. This could be the exact same 2012 A-Class spotted earlier last month which was thought to be the new 2012 A 25 AMG model. As you can see on the badge, it is an A 250 variant instead.
Nonetheless, the AMG sports package looks to include a silver mesh front grille using a single cross bar, a slightly more aggressive front bumper bar, and a sporty rear bumper bar with neat vertical vents in the corners.
The interior of the 2012 Mercedes-Benz A-Class has also been revealed in the images, showing funky styling, with two-tone colours, aviation-style air vents, chrome highlights, and an isolated multimedia interface screen sprouting out from the dash.
Full engine specifications, including more details on the 2012 Mercedes-Benz A 25 AMG model, are expected to be released at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, starting today (Geneva time) – expect coverage on PerformanceDrive‘s front page from around 6pm today (Australia eastern time).
I am really liking this A class. I have no idea of the weight but if its less than the Evo X then its going to be awesome.According to a recent Autocar report in the UK, the new hot hatch from Mercedes-Benz and AMG will feature a new 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, based on the unit seen in the A250 Sport (pictured). Tobias Moers, development boss at AMG, said in the report,
“Our goal right from the start was to match the output of the larger turbocharged 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine used by the RS 3.”
With that in mind, power output has been pitched at around the 246kW (330hp) mark, while torque is said to exceed 400Nm by a big margin. With the help of an all-wheel drive system and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, the pocket rocket is set to do the 0-100km/h dash in around 5.0 seconds.
Following the AMG philosophy, the fizzing hot hatch will feature a full sports suspension system and re-configured suspension dynamics over the normal A-Class. An insider has apparently revealed to Autocar that the new model will be capable of tackling corners at higher speeds than any of its rivals.
That’s a pretty big statement. If it is true, the A45 AMG could potentially be quicker overall compared to those main rivals. Not only will it be quick though, it’s also set to be the most fuel efficient, with thanks to technologies such as stop-start and a form of brake-energy regeneration.
We can’t wait to find out the full official details on this sharp new hatch. All is expected to be revealed in the very near future. It will go on sale during the first half of 2013.