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The New 2014 Mercedes-Benz A-Class

07 Nov Posted in Cars

The Mercedes-Benz A-Class is a compact car introduced for the first time in 1997. The second generation model, the W169, was released in 2004 and the new generation model W176 appeared in late 2012. Although it was originally launched as a five-door hatchback, starting with the second generation the German automobile manufacturer introduced a three-door hatchback. The A-class has represented the entry level model of Mercedes-Benz on all the markets it has been sold in. We can’t wait to see what the new 2014 Mercedes-Benz A-Class will be like.

The New 2014 Mercedes-Benz A-Class The New 2014 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Picture

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz A-Class is expected to go on sale in late 2013 on the U.S market with an expected pricing of $20,000. The new model is the proof that good things come in small packages and that luxury cars are no longer measured by pound or foot. Although the original A-Class had an awkward design with a concealed platform that allowed a powertrain to be installed below the floor, the new Mercedes has a more conventional design.

Exterior

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz A-Class was unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. It may have provoked a sense of deja vu, because of its striking silver color. However, it is longer and lower than the original mode. It’s design is based on a new architecture called MFA (Mercedes Front Wheel Architecture) that comes in 5 variants. One of them, the B class is already available for purchase. The manufacturer believes that change will draw more customers in the premium compact segment currently dominated by the BMW1 series and by Audi A3.

Interior

The five passenger 2014 Mercedes-Benz A-Class has a contemporary interior fit-and-finish. Finally, the company eliminated the old-fashioned wood trim and replaced it with more modern features such as the center-mounted infotainment screen. Although the cabin space is average, it certainly has more legroom than the 1 series and less tunnel intrusion on the rear passenger than the BMW. However, its large C-pillars and small rear window reduce visibility and the trunk is less spacious than the one on its rivals.

Innovation

Because the 2014 Mercedes-Benz A-Class targets young Millennial buyers and Gen-X who are looking at the luxury market for the first time, many innovative features have been added. From advanced safety systems such as Collision Prevention Assist to in-car infotainment to the Siri voice-activated control system, Mercedes is putting a premium on technology. The whole infotainment system is designed around the popular iPhone by high-tech engineers from the California Mercedes facility.

Performance

Buyers will have three optional styling packages, Style, Urban and AMG Sport. The manufacturer has 3 inline-4 engines prepared for use in Europe, including two four-cylinder turbocharged 1.6 liters or 2.0-liter with direct injection, delivering 122 hp, 156 hp and 211 hp. Those who prefer diesel can choose from three engines of 1.8 liters and 2.2 liters making 109 hp, 136 hp and 170 hp. All engines will have start-stop technology and a six-speed manual gearbox or a European 7-speed Dual-Clutch.