posted 7 years ago

New Mercedes-Benz A-Class

New Mercedes-Benz A-Class looks much sharper and sporty

What a relief. The new Mercedes-Benz A-Class is on its way. Rejoice then, praise-be, and thank the deity of your choice. Why? Because it feels like the old A-Class has been with us since Henry Ford was wearing short trousers. As such, some claim its boxy styling is over familiar, increasingly unattractive, and dated. Even the A-Class' reasonable handling, huge boot, and three-pointed star fail to stir the souls of some motorists. Harsh? Probably, but it is nonetheless time for the ancient A-Class to retire to Germany. A ferry leaves from Poole.

That brings us to the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class which looks much sharper. Check-out its sculpted sides, bulging bonnet, purposeful grill, and pert rear. Also, this beauty will be available in three specifications from its launch during 2012. Details remain sketchy, but a 5.8” colour screen will be standard, and the A-Class will be able to connect to an iPhone. Clearly, this car will be aimed at young motorists; as emphasised by its low driving position and sporty instruments. It will also be available with a range of petrol and diesel engines from 1.6 to 2.2-litres. The most efficient model will have emissions of less than 100g/km, making it eligible for free road tax. We also expect the A-Class to have composed handling, pleasing build quality, a spacious boot, and strong used values. RIP, old A-Class.

 

I know this website states the release date as September 2012, but does anyone know the actual release date. I have called numerous Mercedes dealerships and they don't have a clue as to when. Some even quoting June 2013!!!

Having been an A class owner for 10 years it needs a refresh. Whilst high seating position was good, visibility was rubbish - too many blind spots... New model looks great. Yes, like a 1 Series, but that's no bad thing in my mind.

Looks like bmw 1 series I know because I have one.If it has the same high seating and more powerfull engines it will be a success if not it wont. Test drove the old A class and apart from being seriously underpowered was a good car to drive mainly due to the high seating position and very airy cabin.

Agreed it looks sporty and low and thats the problem. The old A class was higher and easy to get into. This suited older people mainly ladies, Ease of access and exit was everything as was fuel economy. To my mind Mercedes have made a huge error here in not taking into consieration of its elderly female clientel. there will one day be a secondhand market for the new A class & woe betide them.. It also resembles the Hyundi A20/30 at a much cheaper cost

One of the few superb plus points of the old A class is the higher driving position and a lot of older people really appreciated that. That will certainly put me off buying the new one!