June 22, 2004
New Mercedes-Benz A-Class to go on sale this Fall in Europe
Stuttgart, Germany – The next-generation Mercedes-Benz A-Class will go on sale in Europe this Fall, announced Mercedes-Benz. The new A-Class will be available in a new two-door bodystyle as well as a four-door model. In Europe, it will be priced at 17,632 Euro and 18,502 Euro respectively.
Compared with its predecessor, the new A-Class is 232 millimetres longer and 45 millimetres wider. It has a roomier passenger cabin and luggage capacity has been improved by 15 percent. Standard equipment will include air conditioning, a multifunction steering wheel, speed-dependent power-assisted steering, stability control, a selective damping system, head/thorax-side airbags as well as adaptive front airbags and belt force limiters.
In Europe, the A-Class will be offered with seven four-cylinder engines – including three newly developed CDI direct fuel injection models and one new 193 horsepower turbocharged gas engine. A new AUTOTRONIC continuously variable automatic transmission is offered with all engines.
In addition to its unique sandwich concept body design which offers front and side impact advantages, a newly developed belt and airbag system in the A-Class ensures a high level of passenger safety. This includes adaptive two-stage front airbags, seat belt tensioners for front seat passengers and passengers sitting in the outer rear seats, adaptive belt force limiters and newly developed head/thorax-side airbags.
The new A-Class also offers a parabolic rear axle which provides precision tracking and good anti-roll support when cornering. The chassis also features a new kind of selective damping system where the shock absorber forces are adapted to the current driving situation.