Mercedes Benz A-Class Third generation W176
|Assembly||Rastatt, Germany Kecskemét, HungaryUusikaupunki, Finland[Aguascalientes, Mexico|
|Body style||5-door hatchback|
1.6 L M270 I4 Turbocharged 2.0 L M270 I4 Turbocharged 1.5 L OM607 Diesel I4 1.8 L OM651 Diesel I42.2 L OM651 Diesel I4
|Transmission||6-speed manual 7-speed automatic|
|Wheelbase||2,699 mm (106.3 in)|
|Length||4,292 mm (169.0 in)|
|Width||1,780 mm (70.1 in)|
|Height||1,433 mm (56.4 in)|
|Designer(s)||Mark Fetherston (2008)|
The production version of the third generation of A-Class vehicles was based on the Concept A-Class, and was unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show,and later in 2012 Paris Motor Show.
The vehicles were available in dealerships beginning in September 2012. Early models include A 180 BlueEFFICIENCY, A 200 BlueEFFICIENCY, A 250 BlueEFFICIENCY, A 180 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY, A 200 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY, A 220 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY.
Japan models went on sale on 2013-01-17. Early Japan models include A 180 BlueEFFICIENCY, A 180 BlueEFFICIENCY Sports, A 250 SPORT.
The third genertion A-Class is designed to be a direct competiter to the BMW 1 Series and Audi A3. It is intended to be more dynamic than its predecessor and is focused on younger owners. The design of the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class reflects the current Mercedes-Benz design strategy. It first appeared on Concept A-Class at the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show, and has changed only in details such as lights, bumpers and mirrors.
Concept A-Class (2011)
It is a 3-door concept vehicle for the upcoming A-Class. It included M270 four-cylinder gasoline engine rated 211 PS (155 kW; 208 hp), radar-based collision warning system with adaptive Brake Assist, exterior design from Mercedes-Benz F800 Style, radiator grille consists of numerous metallic silver hexagons on black stems, full-LED high-performance headlamps consist of 90 optical fibers with aluminum sleeves which are arranged in a wing-shape within the headlamp, dashboard in shape of an aircraft wing and a translucent, stretchable fabric lining, shape of the air vents in the dashboard inspired by jet aircraft, prominent dials in the instrument cluster are in red, smartphone.
The vehicle was unveiled in 2011 New York Auto Show, followed by 2011 Shanghai Auto Show.
Driving school package (2012-)
Designed for the RoadSense programme, basic driving school package includes adaptation of the cockpit to accommodate the twin sets of pedals, a control switch in the centre console for driver's footwell illumination and warning signal for the twin sets of pedals, twin rearview mirrors, adaptation of the floor covering in the driver's and front passengers' footwells for the twin sets of pedals, the Light and Sight package, the Seat Comfort package.
Overall driving school package also includes the twin sets of pedals. The package is also part of the special A-Class "toBE" model.
Delivery of A-Class "toBE" model began from January 2013.
A 250 Sport (2012-)
It is a version of A 250 BlueEFFICIENCY with AMG Sport appointment line, 18-inch high-gloss black AMG light-alloy wheels in a 5-spoke design with 235/40 R 18 tyres, red-painted brake callipers, modified exhaust system.
The vehicle went on sale in fourth quarter of 2012.
A 180 BlueEFFICIENCY EDITION NEXT, A 180 BlueEFFICIENCY Sports EDITION NEXT (2013-)
They are limited (100 units each) versions of A 180 BlueEFFICIENCY for Japan market. A 180 BlueEFFICIENCY EDITION NEXT includes Jupiter red body colour, leather twin black interior upholstery, 17-inch 5-twin-spoke wheels, leather wrapped sports steering wheel. A 180 BlueEFFICIENCY Sports EDITION NEXT includes Polar silver body colour, leather DINAMICA black interior upholstery, AMG design exterior, 18-inch AMG 5-twin-spoke wheels, AMG sports steering wheel, memory full power driver seat, privacy glass at rear left/right/luggage room, black door mirror.
A 180 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY Edition, A 180 BlueEFFICIENCY Edition (2013-)
They are versions of A 180 vehicles with lower fuel consumptions, by lowering drag coefficient to 0.26, additional aerodynamic optimisation measures include, the partial covering of the upper section of the radiator grille, aerodynamically shaped spring link coverings that improve the flow of air along the underbody at the rear axle, lowering suspension by 15 millimetres. Other changes include revised generator management system, manual transmission with longer gear ratios in the higher gears, round LED daytime running lamps set into the bumper (excluding vehicles with bi-xenon headlamps or the Intelligent Light System).
The vehicles went on sale on 1 February 2013, while the first vehicles will reach customers in March 2013.
A 180 BlueEFFICIENCY Sports (2013-)
It is a version of A 180 BlueEFFICIENCY for Japan market, which included sports-tuned suspension lowering vehicle height by 15mm, direct steering.
A 45 AMG (2013-)
It included a AMG 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine rated 360 PS (265 kW; 355 hp)@6000rpm and 450 N·m (332 lbf·ft)@2250-5000rpm, AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sports transmission with Momentary M mode, optional AMG sports exhaust system from SLK 55 AMG, low temperature circuit with large cooler section at the front level of the cooling module with additional air cooling module in the wheel arch and integrated transmission oil cooler, AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive with compact power take-off unit, 3-stage ESP with ESP Curve Dynamic Assist and "ESP SPORT Handling" mode, AMG sports suspension with independently developed front and rear axles, electromechanical AMG speed-sensitive sports steering, AMG high-performance braking system with 350 x 32 millimetres front brake discs and 330 x 22 millimetres rear brake discs, AMG "twin blade" radiator grille and the cross strut in the AMG front apron in matt titanium grey, AMG light-alloy wheels in twin-spoke design, side sill panels with inserts in matt titanium grey, a diffusor insert and trim in matt titanium grey, two square chrome-plated tailpipes for AMG sports exhaust system, sports seats in ARTICO man-made leather/DINAMICA microfibre with red contrasting topstitching, dashboard trim in carbon-fibre look, air vents in black/red, red seat belts, AMG door sill panels. Other options include:
- AMG Aerodynamics package: AMG rear aerofoil, additional flics in front apron, larger front splitter
- AMG carbon-fibre exterior mirror housing
- AMG Exterior Carbon-Fibre package: front splitter, side sill panel inserts and trim on rear apron in genuine carbon fibre
- AMG rear aerofoil
- AMG Exclusive package
- AMG multi-spoke 8 x 19-inch light-alloy wheels with 235/35 R 19 tyres, in two variants: painted in titanium grey with high-sheen finish or in matt black with high-sheen rim flange
- AMG Night package: privacy glass, black anodised waistline trim strip, black tailpipe trims in chromed finish, radiator fins in silver chrome, high-gloss black painted finish for front splitter, exterior mirrors, side sill panel inserts and rear apron trim
- AMG Performance exhaust system incl. tailpipe trims in specific design
- AMG Performance suspension with tauter spring/damper tuning
- AMG Performance steering wheel and E-SELECT lever, electronic key with AMG emblem
- AMG Performance seats
- AMG wheel bolt covers in black with hub caps in central-locking look (for standard AMG light-alloy wheels only)
- Red painted callipers
A 45 AMG "Edition 1" model includes:
- cirrus white body colour
- AMG sports stripes in matt graphite grey on the bonnet, roof and sides
- red highlights on the radiator grille, exterior mirrors and rear aerofoil
- red painted brake callipers
- 8x19-inch AMG multispoke light-alloy wheels in matt black with special AMG hub caps in central-locking look and 235/35 R 19 tyres
- AMG Night and Aerodynamics packages
- Black and red interior
- AMG Performance seats in ARTICO man-made leather/DINAMICA microfibre with red contrasting stitching
- top section of the dashboard in ARTICO man-made leather
- AMG Performance steering wheel in nappa leather/DINAMICA microfibre
- E-SELECT lever with embossed AMG emblem
- "Edition 1" badge on the AMG DRIVE UNIT
The vehicle was originally announced to be unveiled in first quarter of 2013 and was later unveiled in Geneva Motor Show. Sales release date was set to 8 April 2013, with Germany market launch beginning in June 2013.
Drive Kit Plus for iPhone, Mercedes-Benz phone module with Bluetooth, roof box 400 with Alustyle Quickfix carrier bars, Mercedes Sport product range (a spoiler lip for the front apron, a gleaming black radiator grill, gleaming black exterior mirror casing and waistline trim strip, a roof spoiler and rear apron trims with a diffuser look), light-alloy wheels were developed for the A-Class vehicles. The A-Class in Australia comes standard with 9 airbags.
The phone module went on sale on 4th quarter 2012.
Mercedes-Benz Sport products were produced for the A-Class (W 176) vehicles.