Mike Stevens | Oct 15, 2012

Mercedes-Benz has revealed Australian details of its new A-Class, ahead of the small hatch's local debut in Sydney this week, and March 2013 sale date.

Priced from $35,600, the new A-Class will compete directly with BMW's new 1 Series, which currently kicks off at $36,900.

The A-Class will also go up against Audi's A3, and while local pricing for the new model is still to be announced, the current range begins at $40,500.

The new Merc's price will also make it a rival for upper-shelf models in the Volkswagen Golf range, and likely Volvo's new V40 hatch.

 

Mechanical Package

The new A-Class will debut with three petrol engines and one diesel, starting with the A 180 and topping out with the flagship A 250 - at least until the hot A 45 AMG arrives.

The A 180 is driven by a 1.6 litre turbocharged and direct-injected four-cylinder petrol engine, delivering 90kW and 200Nm of torque. Merc promises fuel consumption figures of 5.8 l/100km.

The mid-spec A 200 variants - priced at $40,000 and expected to be the volume sellers - are available in petrol and diesel form.

For the petrol A 200, power is provided by a more powerful version of the A 180's engine, listed at 115kW and 250Nm. The 1.8 litre diesel model produces 100kW and 300Nm.

Fuel consumption in the petrol version is rated at 6.1 l/100km, while the diesel model returns 4.6 l/100km.

The range-topping $49,900 A 250 will draw power from a 2.0 litre turbocharged petrol engine, producing 155kW and 350Nm of torque.

The A 250's also gets an AMG-developed front axle, along with a four-link rear axle. Various suspension settings can be optioned, including optional sports suspension with Direct-Steer.

All three models will be sold exclusively with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

 

Features

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The entry-level A 180 gets 17-inch alloy wheels and automatic headlights, along with a 5.7 inch display, USB and Bluetooth audio connectivity, reversing camera, and fabric/Artico combination interior trim.

With the A 200, there's 18-inch wheels and a twin exhaust, a chrome grille, leather steering wheel, sports highlights in the cabin and powered exterior mirrors.

The A 250 gets a standout styling package, including an AMG sports body kit with a 'diamond' grille pattern, 18-inch AMG alloy wheels and lowered AMG suspension, red brake calipers, bi-Xenon headlights, panoramic glass roof and tinted rear windows.

In the cabin are Artico-trimmed sports seats, an AMG steering wheel, carbon-look dash highlights, red vent rings, sports pedals and red seatbelts.

Standard safety features will include nine airbags, collision warning, fatigue detection and Mercedes' Pre-Safe system, designed to prepare the vehicle for an imminent collision.

 

Pricing

  • 2013 A 180 1.6 petrol - $35,600
  • 2013 A 200 1.6 petrol - $40,900
  • 2013 A 200 CDI 1.8 diesel - $40,900
  • 2013 A 250 2.0 litre petrol - $49,900

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