Mercedes A-Class

Mercedes A-Class

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.

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.

Source: AutoExpress

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.

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 .

Yesterday we reported that by 2014 Mercedes plans to unveil 20 new models . Today we will focus on the replacement for the current A-Class. It will be a small-car competing with models like the Volkswagen Golf , Audi A3 , and BMW 1-Series and will be made aimed directly at the younger clientele. The next generation A-Class will be offered in both three and five door versions and will go on sale in 2012.

The car’s design language will be inspired by the F800 Concept unveiled at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. From this concept, the next A-Class will borrow the prominent grille, neat LED headlights, bold creases in its flanks, and pert tail. The new model will be offered with a range of super-efficient petrol and diesel engines with stop-start.

Taking under consideration an older statement made by Dr Joachim Schmidt, it is most likely that the future model will carry the same A-Class badge and will be built on Mercedes’ new front-wheel-drive architecture: "In the next couple of years, we will launch additional cars where we don’t currently have predecessors. Our current A-Class and B-Class will be replaced by a new platform for four totally different cars defining new segments for Mercedes."

Source: AutoExpress

Mercedes has launched a special edition A-Class for 2009. Limited to only 5500 units, this special edition features reserved only for this edition, plus extensive, high-grade appointments.

Mercedes A-Class Special Edition

The special edition A-Class is distinguished by a black radiator louvres, 16-inch titanium silver light-alloy wheels in a new 9-spoke design (tire size 195/55 R16) and a "Special Edition" badge on the mirror triangle.

On the interior there is a two-tone color scheme, a multifunction steering wheel, Audio 20 radio with CD player and Bluetooth hands-free system.

Press release after the jump.

Mercedes is the latest victim of high gas prices and a slowing U.S. economy. Sales in USA went down in the past few months and big gas-guzzling cars can’t be sold. As already reported, Mercedes sees its future in small cars around the world, and now it seems the USA may be a part of the plan. This is why the company is considering bringing the A-Class and B-Class here, probably sometime in 2011.

The move may help give Mercedes a much needed sales boost. "We have had higher list-price increases than our competitors, and we will continue to go for pricing and lose some volume rather than see our contributions deteriorate," Dr. Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Mercedes Benz said in a conference call last week.

The new generation of the front-wheel-drive subcompacts, due in 2011, will include a small crossover and a coupe. Those models are expected to come to the United States to compete with BMW’s 1 series and a future BMW crossover dubbed the X1, as well as small SUVs from Volkswagen and Audi. An electric car also is expected.

As you know the Mercedes A-Class and B-Class will be dropped and replaced with something better. According to Autozeitung one of the models that will replace them is a four-dour coupe called CLA. And this is how it might look like!

What we know until now about the future models is that they will be built on a new layout, called MFA (Mercedes Front-wheel drive Architecture). It will feature a simpler, cheaper arrangement that will allow the next generation of vehicles to sit nearer to the ground.

Source: Autozeitung

Mercedes has confirmed that the next generations A-Class and B-Class will feature a new design and will adopt conventional engines: a new four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines that will make the car cheaper to build.

The future models will compete with models like Audi A3 and BMW 1-series and will go on sale at around £16,500 in the UK.

The company is also working on a new MPV, set to replace today’s B-class, that is expected to be of a similar size to the Volkswagen Touran and offer the choice between five and seven seats. Also planned is a new entry level off-roader based on the MPV, providing a rival for the upcoming Audi Q3 and BMW X1.

"Mercedes-Benz is going to offer a wider range of cars with the high levels of comfort, safety and quality that are characteristic for the brand - particularly in the fuel-efficient, compact-car segment," said Mercedes chairman Dieter Zetsche.

Source: AutoCar

Mercedes already announced its intention of dropping the current A-Class platform and build the future A-Class on the same platform as the current C-Class. What does this mean for the future A-Class that will be launched most probably in 2011? It will be a sporty-coupe capable to compete with models like Audi A3, BMW 1-Series and upcoming Saab 9-2.

The future A-Class will be built on a new layout, called MFA (Mercedes Front-wheel drive Architecture), that has been conceived to support a much wider range of models and allows for four-wheel drive, paving the way for high-performance variants.

Even if Mercedes recently launched a facelift for the A-Class , the current model will be dropped and replaced with a new model, that - according to the latest internet rumors - is already in the concept version.

Updated 03/14/2011: A first sketch of the new generation Mercedes A-Class surfaced on the internet today next to the information that the car will make its world debut at the Shanghai Motor Show from April 20 to 28.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2012 Mercedes A-Class.

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