Mercedes-Benz A-Class Second generation
|Assembly||Germany: Rastatt Thailand: Thonburi (TAAP)|
|Body style||3-door hatchback 5-door hatchback|
|Transmission||5-speed manual 6-speed manual CVT automatic|
|Wheelbase||2,568 mm (101.1 in)|
|Length||3,838 mm (151.1 in) (2004) 3,883 mm (152.9 in) (2008)|
|Width||1,764 mm (69.4 in)|
|Height||1,593 mm (62.7 in)|
The W169 is constructed with high-strength steel alloys with bonded joints. It has a large number of airbags including optional rear side airbags (for side-impacts in the backseats), optional side-curtain airbags, and standard head and thorax-protection side airbags. The front airbags are adaptive with two-stage gas generators operating according to the severity of accident.
The force exerted by the seat belt system during a collision adapts dynamically depending upon the collision characteristics. The 'active' head restraints (standard for driver and front passenger) give enhanced protection from neck injury, especially during rear collisions.
The angle of the A-pillar is flatter than the windshield angle. The cargo capacity of the W169 was increased by 15 percent compared with the W168.
Seven types of motors are available, and all are four-cylinders: four petrol (gasoline) (A 150, A 170, A 200, A 200 Turbo) and three diesel (A 160 CDI, A 180 CDI, A 200 CDI) partnered with either five- or six-speed manual gearbox. A continuously variable transmission system called "Autotronic Constantly Variable Transmission" (CVT) is an optional feature.
The petrol A 200 Turbo provides 193 hp (144 kW) and 280 N·m (207 lb·ft) of torque (rotational force); the diesel A200 CDI has 140 hp (104 kW) and 300 N·m (221 lb·ft).
The most powerful model can take the car from a standstill to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 8.0 seconds, and has a top speed of 218 km/h (135 mph). The newly developed direct-injection CDI diesel units use a common-rail direct injection system that improves fuel consumption and reduces exhaust emissions and noise levels.
All the engines meet the tight EU4 emissions limits. A particulate filter system is available as an option for the diesel units which reduces the particulate emissions by about 99% without the need for additives.
The A-Class is a front wheel drive car and features traction control (ASR) as standard, as well as electronic stability control and anti-lock brakes (ABS).
Handling is improved by precision tracking and anti-roll support, and by a Parabolic Rear Axle.
A "Selective Damping System", in which the shock absorber forces respond differently according to conditions, is standard. For example, under normal conditions it operates at soft absorption; while cornering at speed it changes to full damping force.
The W169 optionally comes with light-alloy wheels, with a run-flat feature, Tirefit tire sealant and a tire-pressure-loss warning device.
A four-day, seven-country tour which officially introduced the car culminated in an event in Milan, in the Castello Sforzesco, where all the touring units were received by a myriad of European personalities from music, fashion, sport and movies. Armani presented a fashion show and Christina Aguilera did a live performance of her song "Hello", composed exclusively for the occasion. The W169 advertising campaign included television spots with Christina Aguilera, Giorgio Armani and Boris Becker.
Sales of the W169 were targeted at 50,000 units in 2004. Dr. Joachim Schmidt, Executive Vice President Sales and Marketing, Mercedes Car Group, said that target had been reached even before vehicles arrived in dealer showrooms.
Japan models went on sale in 2005-02-04. Early models include 5-door right right drive versions of A 170, A 170 ELEGANCE, A 200 ELEGANCE.5-door right right drive version of A 200 TURBO ELEGANCE was added in 2005-11-10.
Mercedes-Benz A-Class “F-Cell” (2004-)
It is a version of 5-door A-Class hydrogen fuel cell vehicle with 88 PS (65 kW; 87 hp) electric motor. It has a driving range of 160 km (99 mi).
Three A-Class F-Cell cars were used in 2003 Frankfurt International Motor Show for press shuttle service. On June 18, 2004, 4 production F-Cell vehicles were delivered to Deutsche Telekom and BEWAG/Vattenfall Europe in Berlin.
In 2007, the A-Class F-Cell were delivered to Landsvirkjun and Reykjavik Energy.
A DHL version of F-Cell was unveiled in FC EXPO 2008.
A 170 AVANTGARDE LIMITED (2005-)
It is a limited (700 units) version of 5-door right drive A 170 for Japan market, commemorating sales of 50000 A-Class vehicle. It included gracia white or night black body colour, 16-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels with 195/55R16 front and 195/55R16 rear tires, sports suspension, chrome high gloss black front grille, body colour matching door handle, chrome exhaust tip, dark micromatic rear combination
A 170 ELEGANCE LIMITED (2006-)
It is a limited (200 Cosmic black body, 200 leaf silver body) version of 5-door right drive A 170 for Japan market. It included black interior colour, 16-inch 7-spoke alloy wheels, aluminium centre console panel, black metal door trim, cornering light, cruise control and variable speed limiter, floor mat, multifunction controller, metallic paint.
A 170 SPORTS EDITION (2007-)
It is a limited (100 Jupiter red body, 200 night black body) version of 5-door right drive A 170 for Japan market. It included black interior colour, 17-inch 7-spoke alloy wheels, silver front grille, chrome door mirror cover, chrome exhaust tip, leather wrapped sport steering wheel and silver shift knob, silver meter panel, stainless acceleration and brake pedals, bi-xenon headlight and headlight washer, cornering light, front fog lamp.
A 170 NOBLE EDITION (2007-)
It is a limited (200 units) version of 5-door right drive A 170 for Japan market. It included Saturn red (metallic paint) body colour, black (fabric) interior colour, 'NOBLE EDITION' emblem, leather wrapped sport steering wheel and shift knob, walnut wood interior trim, design floor mat, PARKTRONIC, front power seat.
A 170 Edition 10 (2008-)
It is a limited (120 Jupiter red body, 280 Calcite white body) version of 5-door right drive A 170 for Japan market. It included black interior colour, chrome silver front grille, 17-inch 7-spoke alloy wheels, chrome exhaust tip, leather wrapped sport steering wheel and silver shift knob, silver meter panel, stainless acceleration and brake pedals, bi-xenon headlight and headlight washer, front fog lamp, cornering light system, floor mat with 'EDITION 10' logo, 'EDITION 10' emblem, 'EDITION 10' leather certification.
A-Class Special Edition 2009 (2009-)
It is a limited (5500 units) version for all model variants of the A-Class vehicles. It includes BlueEFFICIENCY package, black radiator louvres, 16-inch titanium silver light-alloy wheels in a new 9-spoke design (tyre size 195/55 R16), a "Special Edition" badge on the mirror triangle, two-tone colour scheme in black and grey, Audio 20 radio with CD player and Bluetooth hands-free system and the Light and Sight package with a rain sensor, automatically dimming rear-view mirror, an illuminated vanity mirror in the sun visor, separately adjustable reading lights in the rear, a reading light for the driver and illuminated front foot wells, Seating Comfort package (height-adjustable front passenger seat, seat cushion angle adjustment and lumbar supports for the driver and front passenger). Standard exterior features also include fog lamps and a free choice of metallic paint finish.
A 180 AVANTGARDE Playlist (2010-)
It is a limited (240 night black body, 60 Jupiter red body) version of 5-door right drive A 180 AVANTGARDE for Japan market. It included AVANTGARDE package (16-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels, AVANTGARDE design front bumper, iridium silver front grille, chrome side protection mould?, chrome bumper protection mould?, chrome fog ring, AVANTGARDE side emblum, chrome exhaust tip, leather twin seat, aluminium interior trim, leather steering wheel), bi-xenon headlight and headlight washer, media interface.
Mercedes-Benz A-Class E-CELL (2010-)
The Mercedes-Benz A-Class E-CELL was introduced in September 2010 and debuted at the October 2010 Paris Motor Show.The E-Cell has a range of 200 kilometres (120 mi) capable of developing a peak output of 70 kW (94 hp), a continuous power rating of 50 kW (67 hp) and a maximum torque of 290 N·m (214 lb·ft). The Mercedes A-Class E-Cell can accelerate from 0–60 km/h (37 mph) in 5.5 seconds, and its top speed is 150 km/h (93 mph).
Tesla Motors, as part of its collaboration with Mercedes-Benz, is building electric powertrain components for the E-Cell. The 36 kWh battery contains approximately 4,000 individual lithium-ion cells.Mercedes has developed a modular system for electric vehicles with battery and fuel-cell. This system allows the efficient use of shared parts in all the brand's electric vehicles. Thanks to the modular approach the electric drive of the A‑Class E‑Cell is also used in the B‑Class F‑Cell, and the energy storage units in the A‑Class EV are the same as the battery in the Smart fortwo electric drive.
A limited production of 500 A-Class E-Cell electric cars will be built, for trial purposes, at the Mercedes Rastatt plant, near Stuttgart beginning in September 2010. As part of a demonstration program, the cars will be leased to selected customers in several European countries, including Germany, France, and the Netherlands. Daimler is not planning to sell the electric version outside Europe.
A 180 FINAL EDITION (2012-)
It is a limited (300 units) version of 5-door right drive A 180 for Japan market. It included calcite white body colour, black interior colour, sport package (chrome exhaust tip, 17-inch 7-spoke alloy wheels, chrome iridium silver front grille, stainless acceleration and brake pedals with rubber stud, leather wrapped sport steering wheel and silver shift knob, silver meter panel), bi-xenon headlight and headlight washer, cornering lights, fog lamp (front/rear), rain sensor, sun visor with illuminating mirror, anti-glare mirror, 'FINAL EDITION' emblem, floor mat with 'FINAL EDITION' silver logo plate.