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The scene was something you might normally expect around an outrageous car like the Lamborghini Aventador J, but it wasn’t. Instead, the Euro folk were jazzed about Mercedes’ new line of small cars that have yet to make it stateside despite repeated promises by the brand to do so.
Those fortunate enough to live in a part of the world where these baby-Benzes cruise the streets can look forward to choosing between a 1.6- and 1.8-liter gasoline engines ranging from 107 to 154 horsepower and a diesel option.
The new A Class is also 6.3 inches lower than the previous model and is available in an AMG-engineered 250 Sport package.
A Class buyers will also probably appreciate the significant advances in technology integration, including native iPhone support that offers Siri connectivity (Apple’s voice command software).
Daimler chairman Dieter Zetsche said while addressing the crowd that the latest integration makes using your iPhone’s features safer while driving by offering use of the device via the car’s controls and a bigger screen.
Safety doesn’t stop there — the car can also have collision prevention and Mercedes’ “pre-safe” system.
While there still isn’t word on the fabled U.S. release, Zetsche said pricing wouldn’t increase on the new model.
Watch our A-Class first look video below.
GALLERY: 2013 Mercedes-Benz A Class
GALLERY: 2013 Mercedes-Benz A Class
While the smallest Mercedes-Benz badged vehicle on sale in America might be the C-class, elsewhere in the world, you can buy even smaller models.
Our Canadian friends get to buy the B-class, while in Europe and Asia, you can buy an A-class. The A-class has been on sale for over a decade now, and at this years Geneva Auto Show, Mercedes-Benz will be launching the third-generation model of its smallest car.
This new model is based on Merc’s latest platform dubbed MFA (modular front architecture). Powering this new hatchback will be a range of petrol and diesel engines of 1.6-liter and 1.8-liter displacements (mostly carried over from the larger B-class), with power output ranging from 107-hp to 154-hp. That means, the new A-class will have much more performance than any outgoing model.
With this new A-class, Mercedes-Benz hopes to really take the fight to other premium-brand rivals who offer luxurious compact cars. Mercedes has also confirmed it intends to finally bring the A-Class to North America
GALLERY: Mercedes-Benz A Class
So far we haven’t been able to get it on these shores, but up until now, perhaps we’ve not been missing a great deal. Mercedes smallest model, the A-Class, has been little more than boxy and utterly sensible personal transportation.
But that’s set to change. Mercedes has just revealed the so-called Concept A, which is being viewed by many as the next step in the brand’s expansion in China. From looking at the Concept A, it’s clear that the next generation of Mercedes small car is likely to be very different, more in keeping with the marque’s sporting DNA and something far more likely to entice a younger generation of buyers.
Better yet, there are rumors that the folks at AMG will be developing an uber performance version, said to crank out as much as 350 horsepower. There’s also evidence to suggest it might be available with all-wheel drive.
No further information is available at present, but should this new A-Class AMG materialize, it could represent one of the most exciting small cars to hit the market in decades. And if, it does, it will also likely be sold on our shores too.
[Source: BBC Top Gear]