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All-new BMW 1-series rival caught undisguised on promotional photo shoot
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4 March 2012

The new Mercedes-Benz A-class has been spotted undisguised ahead of its Geneva motor show launch. The new model was spotted during a promotional shoot in Lanzarote and posted on YouTube.

Mercedes is turning the new A-class into a high-quality, sporty mainstream rival for the new BMW 1-series and Audi A3 models, leaving the new B-class to fill the role of the small MPV.

The Mercedes MFA platform that underpins the A-class will also be used for the new B-class, swoopy CLC sports saloon and Shooting Brake models, GLC off-roader and selected Nissan models as part of the Daimler-Renault-Nissan alliance. The new structure replaces the previous model’s ‘sandwich’ platform, which boasted a flat floor.

A so-called M270 range of petrol engines at launch will be virtually all-new 1.6-litre turbocharged units, one making 121bhp and 147lb ft, and the other 154bhp and 184lb ft, with maximum torque in both available from just 1250rpm. The engines feature Mercedes’ third-gen direct-injection system and stop-start. These engines will soon be fitted to C-class and E-class models too.

The OM651 family of turbodiesels at launch will have a capacity of 1.8 litres. It will initially come in 107bhp/189lb ft and 134bhp/221lb ft states of tune.

Alongside the standard six-speed manual gearbox, a light, compact seven-speed, dual-clutch gearbox will be offered. Mercedes claims that this delivers nine per cent better economy than the CVT gearbox it replaces.



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3 February 2012

Looks boring to me. Has it been put through the mongoose test yet? E

3 February 2012

Mercedes may not have built the most reliable cars during the noughties but they were certainly some of the best looking. A far cry from this carbuncle and their other recent efforts. Such a shame.

3 February 2012

[quote Engelbert]Looks boring to me. Has it been put through the mongoose test yet? E[/quote]

I think you'll find it's the 'elk test'! ;)

3 February 2012

Looks good but think I preferred the leaked photos from last year, the front looks tidier:

3 February 2012

This can not be true!

3 February 2012

Its OK, I suppose if you can't beat a 1 series you might as well copy it!

Presume its to distance the A-Class (owned one once) into a sportier class from being pretty much in the Honda Jazz category currently.

The A-class had a nice interior but a Jazz is much better to drive!

3 February 2012


I'll wait for the BLS thanks very much.

3 February 2012

Those headlights look great on the CLS and awful on everything else. I really hope the next C and E won't look anything like it.

3 February 2012

I think this is the best most desirable looking A-Class yet. A great looking motor in its own right. I can't believe I am saying this, but: I am actually aspiring to own one.

3 February 2012

I'll wait to reserve full judgement until I see more pictures, but at this rate I am impressed. It doesn't look challenging like the 1-series, and far more distinctive than the A1 + 144% that will be the next A3.


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