The A-class has been in production for seven years around1.1m units have been sold, 85,000 in the UK.
The new A-Class’s model range comprises two body versions, each with its own characteristics: in addition to the five-door version, Mercedes-Benz is also, for the first time in this model range, launching a three-door model which it is hoping will attract buyers’ attention through its ‘sporty, youthful image’.
The standard equipment provided with the A-Class includes a multifunction steering wheel, speed-dependent power-assisted steering, ESP, head and front-side airbags as well as adaptive front airbags and belt force limiters. The new or further-developed four-cylinder engines deliver up to 38% more output whereas fuel consumption has fallen by up to 10%.
The A-Class has newly-designed headlamps, a radiator grille and sculpted wings. The car is 232 mm longer and 45 mm wider than its predecessor.
Full UK pricing and specification will be announced later this year, prior to the model’s 2005 launch.