The Mercedes-Benz A-Class is a subcompact hatchback, which made its debut earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show. Based on the Concept A-Class from last year’s New York Auto show, Mercedes has been trickling information on the diminutive five-door for months now, detailing its Apple iPhone-compatible infotainment system, to how tuner house AMG was “intimately” involved with the A-Class’ design.
Mercedes-Benz has now released full details on the A-Class, which is scheduled to arrive at dealerships late in 2012 as a 2013 model. Make that European dealerships, though. Mercedes has still not released details on the U.S. version, which is scheduled to arrive sometime next year with the larger B-Class.
The Euro-spec Mercedes-Benz A-Class, as predicted, will be offered with two diesel motors and one petrol gasoline engine, and be available with either standard six-speed manual or optional seven-speed automatic. According to Mercedes, the engines are more fuel-efficient than their predecessors and Eco stop/start comes standard. Safety-minded buyers will love the numerous safety features in the A-Class, many of which—like the standard Collision Prevention Assist system—are usually found in Mercedes’ higher end models. States Mercedes-Benz board member Professor Dr. Thomas Weber, “With the new A-Class, Mercedes-Benz is setting new standards in many disciplines, not least when it comes to the area of safety. The new A-Class provides the highest standard of safety ever seen in this vehicle class.”