Mercedes A-Class

Mercedes A-Class

Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG

Now that we have officially seen the new A45 AMG sports hatch , it looks like Mercedes has three more A45 AMG-based models in the works, all of them are rumored to be unveiled at major shows in the upcoming months.

The first to arrive will be an AMG version for the new CLA-Class . It will arrive at the New York Auto Show and will be followed by the GLA45 AMG and the CLA Shooting Brake.

All three models will be powered by the same engine used in the A45 AMG: a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 360 horsepower and a peak torque of 331 pound-feet. Also, performance figures will be pretty much identical: 0 to 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph. The only model to be a little bit slower will be the GLA45 AMG due to its added weight.

Source: AutoCar

With so many Mercedes-Benz AMG models floating around the market at the moment, it would have been easy to forget that the German giant doesn’t have a direct competitor to the Audi RS3 hatch or the BMW M135i . That’s where the new A45 AMG is said to step in.

Pinned to be the most affordable AMG on sale, the A45 AMG aims to not only compete with the aforementioned BMW and Audi models, but to completely annihilate them with its performance capabilities.

The A45 AMG has actually been in development for the better part of two years, and, after spying it in many times, the first official details on the car are finally here. It is the first high-performance vehicle Mercedes has ever offered in the compact class, and according to officials it will target the age range from 30 to mid-40.

The new Mercedes A45 AMG will be making its world debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show and will be put on sale in April.

UPDATE 05/21/2013: Mercedes unveiled a new commercial for the new A45 AMG. Called "Apparition" the new ad is featuring features Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg riding the car. the ad is oddly similar to Toyota’s RAV4 ad, sans the high-performance hatchback, of course. Enjoy!

Updated 01/29/2014: Mercedes unveiled a new video featuring the new A45 AMG playing in the Sahara desert. Enjoy!

Tune it! Safe! , the campaign for safe and legal automobile tuning, has revealed its 8th specialty model at the 2012 Essen Motor Show . This year, it decided to use a Brabus-tuned Mercedes A250 BlueEFFICIENCY for the occasion.

In collaboration with Hankook, the campaign’s main sponsor, the special police-livery A-Class was given a Brabus body kit comprising of a new front spoiler, and a roof spoiler. Foliatec then dressed the A250 BlueEFFICIENCY in full police livery and Hella supplied a special signal system — "RTK 7" — with the latest LED technology, blue lights and sirens. Finally, a quad-tailpipe exhaust system and a set of 19" Brabus "Liquid Titanium" alloy wheels wrapped in Hankook Ventus S1 Evo 2 tires round out the exterior modifications on the car.

Inside, the Tune It! Safe! A-Class’ interior modifications were highlighted by alloy pedals, special floor mats, and controls for the aforementioned roof-mounted light bar.

As far as performance goes, the car’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine was treated to a sharp power improvement and it now pumps out a stout 245 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. All told, that allows the Tune It! Safe! A-Class to hit a top speed of 155 mph while also averaging 38.6 mpg with CO2 emissions of just 143 g/km.

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.

Click past the jump to read all about the Mercedes-Benz A-Class by Brabus.

Mercedes A-Class AMG

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!

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.

Source: AutoExpress
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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 BMW M135i. The model will be powered by a heavily tuned version of Mercedes 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.


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