MERCEDES-BENZ A-CLASS PHOTO AND FEATURES

Mercedes-Benz new A-Class unveiled

The new, improved Mercedes-Benz A-Class is eco-friendly, fuel-efficient and has new safety features.

31 March, 2008

BY OUR AUTOMOBILE CORRESPONDENT

The Mercedes-Benz new-generation A-Class will be on show at the Auto Mobil International (AMI), from April 5 - 13, 2008 at Leipzig. The compact Mercedes-Benz A-Class has had an extensive facelift, and sports a much younger look.

The Mercedes-Benz A-Class comes with an eco start-and-stop option and is available for the first time for the high-volume A 150 and A 170 models, which reduces fuel consumption of these BlueEfficiency vehicles by up to nine percent when driving in city traffic. The Mercedes-Benz A-Class has also been awarded an internationally valid environmental certificate, which is in fact the world's first compact car to receive such a laurel.

The new-generation Mercedes-Benz A-Class incorporates a poised look and seems more assured than before. The sweeping lines of the new-look headlamps flow seamlessly along the front and into the flanks, which appear to have been molded from a single piece. The radiator grille has also been redesigned to reinforce the progressive character of the A-Class. The Mercedes-Benz A-Class has a rear dominated by a modified bumper and new-look tail lights that extend well into the flanks. Both features ensure that the body looks wider and even more powerful.

Inside the A-Class are larger stowage compartments and new fabrics which further upgrade the interior. A range of new high-grade upholstery fabrics have been chosen with care to make it look elegant. All variants of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class come with a larger stowage compartment in the centre console and a new-look cup holder between the front seats.

On the economy front, the new-generation A-Class emphasizes its economy with fuel consumption of between 4.9 and 8.1 liters per 100 km, a report pointed out. The A160 CDI BlueEfficiency model claims an average fuel consumption of 62.8mpg and a CO2 rating of 119g/km.

The Mercedes-Benz A-Class safety features include adaptive brake lights that flash during emergency braking. Another new safety feature are interior lights that are switched on in the event of an accident of pre-determined severity.

The Mercedes-Benz A-Class also boasts of a new automatic parking feature that uses ultra sonic sensors to measure space available and automatically park the car. A parking space of just around 5.19 meters long is sufficient to park the Mercedes-Benz A-Class.

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