Mercedes has revealed the first details and images of the production ready A-Class which will go on sale in the UK in November 2012.
The new model is key in Mercedes’ strategy to appeal to a younger audience and will help it to compete with models like the BMW 1 Series and Audi A3.
The A-Class is based on the same platform as the new B-Class and is shaped around a much more conventional hatchback profile and is much longer, wider and lower in comparison to the boxy previous generation model.
There will be three trim levels from launch, including Urban, Style and AMG Sport and customers will be able to choose from a wide range of engine options which will all feature start-stop technology.
There will also be the choice between six-speed manual or seven-speed twin-clutch transmissions.
The full range of engines includes:
A180 1.6 petrol, 114bhp
A200 1.6 petrol, 154bhp
A250 2.0 petrol, 209bhp
A180 CDI, 108bhp
A200 CDI, 134bhp
A220 CDI, 168bhp
Mercedes has made sure technology in the A-Class is compatible with the Apple iPhone, which can sync with the onboard operating system.
Other technological features include a drowsiness detector, active parking assist, voice activation, blindspot monitors and a standard-across-the-range radar-based Collision Prevention Assist, warning of impending collisions and prepping the brakes for an emergency stop.
Prices will be revealed closer to launch.