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Mercedes-Benz increases engine range for refreshed A Class compact

Mercedes-Benz increases engine range for refreshed A Class compact

With the refresh of its A-Class, Mercedes-Benz has increased the range of available engines. The A 160 with 75 kW (102 hp) is the new entry-level model. The new efficiency champion is the 80 kW (109 hp) A 180 d BlueEFFICIENCY Edition with an NEDC fuel consumption of 3.5 l/100 km (67 mpg US) and CO2 emissions of 89 g/km. Also new are the manual transmission versions of the dynamic models A 250 and A 250 Sport.

(Mercedes-Benz is using the A-Class model facelift as the opportunity to introduce the new nomenclature for the drive variants in this model series. While the gasoline models have no suffix, the small letter “d” replaces the previous “CDI”—for example, the A 200 CDI is now called the A 200 d.


On the AMG performance end, the Mercedes-AMG A 45 4MATIC, with peak output of 280 kW (381 hp) and a maximum torque of 475 N·m is the world’s most powerful compact sports model. Acceleration from 0 to 100 kmh takes 4.2 seconds—0.4 seconds faster than its predecessor. Fuel consumption has been kept at the previous level: 6.9 liters per 100 kilometers (34 mpg US), corresponding to 162 g/km CO2.

The A 220 d is now 5 kW (7 hp) more powerful than before with 130 kW (177 hp), while the sport models A 250 Sport and A 250 Sport 4MATIC now develop 160 kW (218 hp) instead of the previous 155 kW (211 hp).

In combination with the 7G-DCT dual clutch transmission, the A-Class now has "Launch Assist" for even faster acceleration from standstill. All in all the model range has 17 versions. The “ECO display” also takes a new form to assist the driver in maintaining an environmentally friendly style of driving.

The new-generation A-Class can be ordered in Europe from 3 July 2015. The first models will be in dealer showrooms at the end of September.

  A 160 d A 180 d A 180 d BEE1 A 200 d/
A 200
A 220 d/
A 220 d
Number of cylinders/arrangement 4 in-line 4 in-line 4 in-line 4 in-line 4 in-line
Displacement (cc) 1461 1461 1461 2143 2143
Rated output (kW/hp) 66/90 80/109 80/109 100/136 130/177
Rated torque (N·m) 240 260 260 300 350
Combined fuel consumption (l/100 km) 4.1-3.7 (3,9-3,7) 4.1-3.7 (3.9-3.7) 3.5 4.5-4.1
Combined CO2 emissions (g/km) 107-98 (104-98) 107-98 (104-98) 89 116-106
(108-99) [127-121]
(109-104) [127-121]
Acceleration 0-100 km/h (s) 13.8 (13.6) 11.3 (11.3) 11.3 9.3
Top speed (km/h) 180
190 210
(210) [210]
Figures for version with 7G-DCT dual clutch transmission in round brackets; figures for version with 4MATIC and 7G-DCT dual clutch transmission in square brackets
1 BlueEFFICIENCY Edition

  A 160 A 180 A 180 BEE1 A 200 A 200 4MATIC
Number of cylinders/arrangement 4 in-line 4 in-line 4 in-line 4 in-line 4 in-line
Displacement (cc) 1595 1595 1595 1595 1991
Rated output (kW/hp) 75/102 90/122 90/122 115/156 135/184
Rated torque (N·m) 180 200 200 250 300
Combined fuel consumption (l/100 km) 5.6–5.4 (5.4-5.1) 5.7-5.5
5.2 5.7-5.5
Combined CO2 emissions (g/km) 128-124
133-127 (126-119) 120 134-128 (126-119) [154-148]
Acceleration 0-100 km/h (s) 10.6
8.9 8.1
Top speed (km/h) 190
190 224
Figures for version with 7G-DCT dual clutch transmission in round brackets
1 BlueEFFICIENCY Edition

  A 250/A 250 4MATIC A 250 Sport/A250 Sport 4MATIC A 45 4MATIC
Number of cylinders/arrangement 4 in-line 4 in-line 4 in-line
Displacement (cc) 1991 1991 1991
Rated output (kW/hp) 155/211 160/218 280/381
Rated torque (N·m) 350 350 475
Combined fuel consumption(l/100 km) 6.7-6.6
Combined CO2 emissions (g/km) 154-151
Acceleration 0-100 km/h (s) 6.5
(6.4) [6.4]
6.4 (6.3) [6.3] [4.2]
Top speed (km/h) 240
(240) [240]
Figures for version with 7G-DCT dual clutch transmission in round brackets;figures for version with 4MATIC and 7G-DCT dual clutch transmission in square brackets

With DYNAMIC SELECT the vehicle characteristics can be adjusted in seconds at the touch of a button, as the system modifies the engine, transmission, suspension, steering and air conditioning at the driver’s behest. The four driving modes “Comfort”, “Sport”, “Eco” and “Individual” can be conveniently selected using the switch in the upper control array.

Models A 200 d 4MATIC, A 220 4MATIC, A 220 d, A 220 d 4MATIC, A 250 4MATIC, A 250 Sport and A 250 Sport 4MATIC are equipped with DYNAMIC SELECT as standard. The system is also included as standard in all models with 7G-DCT, AMG Line or a lowered suspension. DYNAMIC SELECT is available on request for all other engine variants except the two BlueEFFICIENCY Edition models.

DYNAMIC SELECT allows a particularly broad range of setting options in combination with the new suspension with adaptive damping (optional extra). In this case the driver is able to modify the vehicle's damping characteristics using the DYNAMIC SELECT switch. There is a choice between Comfort mode with comfortable damping characteristics and Sport mode for a sporty and more taut damper setup. Acceleration sensors are used to measure the vehicle’s body movements, and other current information about the vehicle status such as the steering angle, steering speed and yaw rate is included when calculating the damping characteristics. A proportional valve is actuated electronically at each shock absorber to control the oil flow and therefore the damping characteristics. The damping system is infinitely variable, and the configuration is individual for each wheel.

The new-generation A-Class is the first Mercedes-Benz model to be available with comprehensive smartphone integration: from the beginning of 2016 the infotainment systems Apple CarPlay (for iPhone owners) and MirrorLink will become available.

In the case of CarPlay, the system supports telephoning, navigation and listening to music, receiving and sending SMS and emails as well as Siri voice control. To avoid distracting the driver during a journey, only the relevant smartphone content is displayed on-screen.

At the same time the new generation telematics are being introduced into the A-Class. Operation is now even more intuitive, with the functions accompanied by animated menus and visual depictions on the even larger display in the head unit. On request the screen diagonal now measures 20.3 cm (8 inches), making it at least 2.5 cm (1 inch) larger than before.

Assistance systems. Some of the assistance systems have been revised. For example, the standard COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS extends the functions of the previous COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST (radar supported proximity warning and braking assistance by Adaptive Brake Assist) with autonomous partial braking to reduce the risk of rear-end collisions.

The drowsiness detection system ATTENTION ASSIST (standard) has been similarly upgraded: operating within an extended speed range (60 - 200 km/h, or 37 - 124 mph), it now uses a five-stage bar display to visualize the driver’s current attention level.

The new generation of the A-Class entered the market in September 2012. It is manufactured not only in Rastatt, but, since August 2013, also by the Finnish production specialist Valmet Automotive. Unit sales soared by over 46% in Great Britain last year, and by more than 51% in the growth market of China. However, most A-Class models continue to be sold to customers in Germany.

Around one in two drivers of a Mercedes-Benz A-Class or B-Class, GLA or CLA in Germany and western Europe previously drove a competitor vehicle. In the case of the A-Class, no less than two out of three European customers come from competing brands. The Mercedes-Benz brand has also undergone a noticeable rejuvenation since the introduction of the new compact models. Nowadays, the average age of European drivers owning the new A-Class is around 13 years less than for the preceding model series. In China the average age is 34 years.


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