A-Class delivers a wider appeal

Bobby Cheetham

GONE is the mom’s taxi image with the release of the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class and in its place is the sexy, sporty and seductive new model.

The new car is squatter, more aggressive and light- years ahead in the styling department.

It is aimed four-square at a wider market and is sure to attract more males and first-time families looking for a comfortable, spacious car.

There’s a line-up of powerful engines ranging from 80kW to 155kW, very efficient with emissions from just 98g of CO²/km and a best-in-class drag coefficient of 0.27.

The new basic diesel engine develops 80kW, delivers 260Nm to the crankshaft and with a manual transmission consumes 3.8 litres per 100km, corresponding to 98g of CO²/km.

This is a 22% improvement over the only 60kW preceding model, the A 160 CDI, which consumed 4.9 litres. The new top diesel, the A 220 CDI, is no less than 25% better than its predecessor – it develops an output of 125kW and 350Nm of torque, and in combination with the 7G-DCT automatic dual clutch transmission, consumes only 4.3 litres/100km (provisional figure). The figures for the preceding A 200 CDI were 103kW, 5.7 litres, and 149g of CO²/km. The petrol engines feature turbocharging and direct injection. Prices for the A-Class:

180 BlueEfficiency: R275000

200 BlueEfficiency: R298000

180 CDI BlueEfficiency AT: R310000

180 CDI BlueEfficiency: R300000

220 CDI BlueEfficiency: R355000

250 Sport: R395000

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