Following the hype of this months Geneva Motor Show, one particular creation caught our eye, the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class. To the less informed petrol head, the A-Class springs to mind images of Granny making the weekly shopping trip to Tesco in a smallish, mundane, MPV type vehicle. However Mercedes have injected life and energy into the model, and it has definitely caught our eye.
The Mercedes A-class of 2012 takes the form of a somewhat stylish and aggressive hatchback. It’s now low, mean and somewhat athletically styled, not to mention the confident front grille featuring the infamous three pointed star. The interior has had a revamp too, featuring a three-spoke sports steering wheel, aluminium dials and chrome airvents. Mercedes have fully taken advantage of the Iphone’s SIRI technology, which means we can take a nostalgic trip down memory lane and relive our childhood memories of K.I.T.T. from Knight Rider.
Under the bonnet, engine configurations have been announced ranging from 109 to 211bhp, giving us economy at one end of the scale and high performance at the other. Engine capacities will range from 1.6 to 2.2-litres in a mixture of diesel and petrol configurations. Furthermore a 99g/km Renault 1.5 DCi engine will be available at launch, giving the more eco-friendly motorist a tax free and more efficient option to set the mind at ease.
The car is set to be released late this year for European markets. Roll on September 2012.
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