Brabus is likely one of the most famous and successful Mercedes-Benz tuners on the planet, and there is really no questioning that. They likely play No. 2 fiddle only to AMG, in building kits that make relatively timid Mercedes into extreme machines.
One of the latest Mercedes-Benz cars to roll out with a new look and feel is the 2013 A-Class, which we have yet to see in the U.S. This hot hatchback comes in eight trim levels with small variances between each one. The engines in this lineup range from the timid and fuel-sipping 1.8-liter CDI engine to the wilder 2.0-liter 4-cylinder unit.
With the newly redesigned A-Class just rolling off of the showroom floor, it was only a matter of time before Brabus got its expert hands on it. And at the 2012 Essen Motor Show, which kicks off on December 1st, Brabus plans to unveil its modifications for the A-Class. However, in preparation for this launch, Brabus has issued a soft release of just some of the upgrades that it will offer for this new compact Benz.
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The AMG version of the new Mercedes A-Class has been caught testing one more time, wearing less camouflage than ever before. The future A-Class AMG - or A25 AMG as it has been rumored to be called - will look pretty much like a normal A-Class, but it will differ thanks to a pair of bigger air intakes, more market side sills, and a new set of wheels combined with some upgraded brakes.
Under the hood, Mercedes will place a 2.0 liter turbocharged four cylinder engine delivering an impressive 350 HP. The engine will send its power to all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
All of the updates provided will make the future A25 AMG a serious competitor for models like the Audi RS3 Sportback, the BMW 1M, and the Volkswagen Golf R.
The Mercedes A25 AMG is expected to be unveiled by the end of 2012.
After being anticipated for quite some time now, the new generation Mercedes A-Class is finally out. The car made its world debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show and will go on sale in September 2012. Customers will be able to choose between three grades: "Urban," "Style," and "AMG Sport."
The new generation A-Class was previewed by the A-Class Concept that was unveiled in 2011 at the New York Auto Show and, as no surprise, it shares some of its design elements with the B-Class.
The new A-Class received a two-box design with a distinct character of its own, a sporty emotive exterior, and an exceptionally high-quality feel to the interior. The engine line-up will include both petrol and diesel versions, with power ranging from 109 HP to 211 HP. All engines are combined with ECO start/stop function as standard and are mated to the new six-speed manual transmission or, as an option, the 7G-DCT dual-clutch automatic transmission.
UPDATE 06/25/12: Mercedes has unveiled a pretty cool video featuring the new generation A-Class. Enjoy!
UPDATE 09/10/12: A new commercial titled "Arrival Star" has been released by Mercedes to drum up even more promo buzz for the A-Class. Check it out by clicking on the photo above! Full story
After Mercedes unveiled the A-Class Concept last year at the Shanghai Auto Show, people started to talk about a production version, one that included an AMG version for the next A-Class. Now, it turns out that more than just an AMG version of the A-Class will be in Mercedes’ future plans: a convertible A-Class will also be offered where it will take on models like Audi A3 Cabriolet, BMW 1-Series Convertible and Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet.
The announcement was made by Mercedes CEO Dr. Dieter Zetsche during the official presentation of the new B-Class. He said that Mercedes has five new compact cars to offer: the B-Class, A-Class hatch, the upcoming BLK and a baby CLS four-door coupe. The fifth one of course is the A-Class Convertible.
The car will be built on the same front-wheel-drive platform and will be offered with a fabric roof. As for the engine line-up, next to the usual 1.6-liter petrol turbo and 1.8 diesel, Mercedes will be also offering a turbocharged 2.0-liter petrol engine with an output of about 200 HP while an AMG version will be offered with a twin-turbo 2.0-liter engine and 350 HP.
The new Mercedes A-Class Convertible will be launched sometime in 2014.
Mercedes has gone to great lengths to improve their washed up hatchback model and although we are still waiting for the debut of the next generation A-Class, our spy photographers have already captured images of what looks to be its AMG version. This car is no SLK55 AMG, but certain AMG modifications have found their way to the compact A-Class to make it bigger and better.
These images give way to typical AMG enhancements that help the vehicle deal with the increase in power. The larger wheels and brakes stick out like a sore thumb, as do the bigger air intakes and bigger exhaust. Whether there will be a duo pipe or quad layout is still up in the air, but our spy photographers say this AMG model sounds much better than the normal A-Class prototypes they have seen.
So, why all of the added AMG accessories? The A-Class AMG, or A25 AMG as speculated by fellow journalists, is expected to get between 320 HP and 350 HP. This power will be sent to all four wheels by a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Engine specifications have yet to be revealed, but power may come from a turbocharged 2.0L BlueEFFICIENCY four cylinder engine.
The prototype caught testing was shaking it up with a Volkswagen Golf R so the competition is clearly stated. In addition to the V-Dub, the Mercedes A-Class AMG should do battle with the Audi RS3 and the BMW 1-series M Coupe.
UPDATE 09/01/2011: Check out our new rendering of the Mercedes A-Class AMG!
UPDATE 04/16/2012: The future 2013 Mercedes A25 AMG has been spotted again and this time in minimal camouflage just outside the AMG headquarters in Germany.
UPDATE 06/12/2012: The British magazine AutoCar is offering us new details on the upcoming AMG version for the new A-Class. The new A45 AMG, set to be unveiled in early 2013 will take on models like the Audi RS3 and BMW M135i. The model will be powered by a heavily tuned version of Mercedes-Benz’s turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol unit that will deliver about 330 HP and 295 lbs-ft of torque. This engine has been developed in cooperation with German car maker’s High Performance Engine offshoot based in Brixworth, England and will be the most powerful engine ever offered in a four-cylinder Mercedes production model.
Mercedes has already previewed the next generation A-Class with the concept version, and as the concept shows, the next A-Class has nothing in common with the model it replaces. The A-Class has been called outdated, unimpressive, and even ugly, but Mercedes hopes the next generation will change all of that.
This new generation A-Class heads straight for the BMW 1-Series and the Audi A3 in terms of its compact shape which it will take directly from the concept. It will drop the current box design and will be offered in both hatchback - to be revealed first - and sedan versions. Rumors suggest that Mercedes will also bring a three door hatch, as well as a convertible version.
As for the engine line-up, it is rumored that the next A-Class will be offered with the same engines as the C-Class. This would mean an array of both petrol and diesel engines ranging from 120 to 306 HP. An AMG version will also be offered.
Expect the new A-Class to be revealed in early 2012 with sales beginning shortly thereafter.
Just when there were doubts about the future of Mercedes’ A-Class, the German automaker comes out and releases what is arguably the hottest looking hatchback concept we’ve seen in a while.
This is the Mercedes-Benz Concept A-Class, and oh dear Lord, does it look mighty divine. We can’t get enough of the concept’s overall design, especially that sharp as a tack, starry, starry night-inspired grille. Of course, we don’t expect each and every element of the Concept A-Class to make it to the production version, but at the very least, we know the direction Mercedes is taking with their hatch-segment models.
Yeah, no more of those box-shaped, minivan-looking cars whose only redeeming value was that it had the brand’s tri-star logo on it. But the new Concept A-Class really is something else. it’s got edge, it’s got attitude, and it’s got class.
UPDATE 04/20/2011: Car and Driver had their way with Mercedes and ended up coaxing some wonderful news coming out of the New York Auto Show. The Mercedes Concept A-Class is indeed headed to the production line and it will also find its way over to the States. Sweet!
UPDATE 09/08/11: The Mercedes-Benz Concept A-Class is getting some serious technological juice courtesy of a range of new connectivity functions, including Twitter and Facebook integration, text-to-speech translation of email messages and status updates. The whole concept may still be year’s from being produced commercially, but it does give us an idea on what the future Mercedes infotainment system is going to look like. Check out the video to find out more about the Concept A-Class’ fancy new digs.
UPDATE 10/15/11:Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes in the building of a concept car, especially one that packs all the technology that comes with a concept like the Mercedes-Benz Concept A-Class? Well, you won’t need to wonder anymore because the German automaker has released a video detailing exactly how the whole deal goes down. Check it out by clicking the photo above.
Details on the Concept A-Class after the jump. Full story
The premium hatchback war that’s been boiling over the past few years is about to get a lot more interesting, thanks in large part to a certain German automaker that’s looking to release an AMG-stamped model of their new A-Class vehicle.
Mercedes-Benz is no stranger to high-performance cars and predictably enough, they’ve got a pretty imposing one waiting in the pipeline for its unveiling later this year. The car is the Mercedes A22 AMG and recently, some pretty interesting information regarding the future of this latest AMG Mercedes was leaked out.
Understand, however, that this information doesn’t cover everything we need to know about the car; Mercedes is reserving that for a later date. Fortunately, the car is already being penciled in to make its debut in the coming months so the wait for the full details to be revealed shouldn’t be too long.
Note: Photo is of a rendering done on the next-generation A-Class.
Details on the Mercedes-Benz A22 AMG after the jump. Full story
Almost a year after the B-Class F-Cell reveal, Mercedes is now on to their 2011 A-Class E-Cell production model. The electric vehicle will only be produced in a limited 500 units that will be leased to select customers in several European countries, including Germany, France, and the Netherlands.
The Mercedes A-Class E-Cell features a permanent-field synchronous unit developing a peak output of 70 kW (95 hp), a continuous power rating of 50 kW (68 hp), and a high maximum torque of 290 Nm. The sprint from 0 to 60 km/h is made in 5.5 seconds, while top speed is limited to 150 km/h. Two high performance lithium batteries will provide enough power for the family electric car to travel 100 km (124mph) while also providing a quiet, emission free ride.
The list of standard equipment will include bi-xenon headlamps, COMAND APS, an active park assist for automatic parking, and the THERMOTRONIC automatic climate control system.
Press release after the jump. Full story
We haven’t even had the opportunity to get the next generation Mercedes A-Class and already Mercedes has plans for an AMG version. The new A-Class AMG will target models like the Ford Focus RS and the Volkswagen Golf R when it goes on sale in 2013, just one year after the next generation Mercedes A-Class is set to come out.
In an interview with AutoCar, Ola Källenius, AMG’s newly installed boss said: "It marks the beginning of a new direction for the company and will expose AMG to a whole new, younger, and more dynamic customer base."
The 2013 Mercedes A-Class AMG will be powered by a new four-cylinder engine, based on the current M271 EVO unit, that will develop around 270bhp and 280lb ft of torque. This engine will be coupled to a new dual-clutch gearbox and the multi-plate clutch four-wheel drive system. This is the same that will be used for the future GLC crossover.
The bad news is that the new A-Class AMG will not be available on the US market. Big shocker, we know (dripping with sarcasm). However, for its American customers, Mercedes has announced plans for a baby CLS.