Geneva Motor Show: 2013 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Offers Style To Match Its Prestige

By Seow Yaohan | March 15, 2012
Geneva Motor Show: 2013 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Offers Style To Match Its Prestige

The premium compact segment is increasingly competitive, and the all-new 2013 Mercedes-Benz A-Class, which has made its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show, is surely one of the leading candidates to steal sales from the BMW 1-Series, Audi A3 and Lexus CT 200h when it arrives towards the end of 2012. While the current A-Class looks awkward from most angles, the upcoming A-Class, based upon the versatile Mercedes MFA platform, comes with neat proportions and a particularly handsome front end with a striking grille.

As it turns out, the five-door hatchback is more than just dynamic good looks, boasting a slippery body with an impressively low 0.26 drag coefficient. Moving from a one-box to two-box body profile, and having a lower roofline than its predecessor, the all-new A-Class is claimed to possess more space and higher quality than before. While neither can be confirmed at this time, the carbon fibre-look dashboard, SLS AMG-inspired circular air vents and “silver chrome” accents all combine to give the cabin an upscale appearance.

A revised range of petrol and diesel engines will be available with the A-Class: 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre petrol units with outputs of 115 HP in the A180, 156 HP in the A200 and 211 HP in the A250; 1.8-litre and 2.2-litre turbodiesel units with 109 HP in the A180 CDI, 136 HP in the A200 CDI and 170 HP in the A220 CDI. Turbocharging, direct injection and start-stop functionality are standard on all engines, which are mated to a six-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, one capable of squeezing out nine percent better fuel economy than the CVT gearbox it replaces. Enjoy the 2013 Mercedes-Benz A-Class live photo gallery below!

2013 Mercedes-Benz A-Class In Geneva Gallery (22 Photos)

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Seow Yao Han strives to bring you the latest and the most comprehensive information on cars available in Malaysia. But it's never easy for him to talk and write cars in this part of the world because what you lust after is often not what you drive home. When the euphoria of test-driving that branded, super-expensive sports car dies down, he just goes home in his less-than-glamorous ride.

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