Mercedes Benz A Class BlueEFFICIENCY petrol and diesel announced

Mercedes Benz has announced the BlueEFFICIENCY models for the A Class, which will be offered in both petrol and diesel. Compared to other Mercedes BlueEFFICIENCY cars, the A Class will be more efficient

Mercedes Benz A Class BlueEFFICIENCYMercedes Benz A Class, the new premium hatch which has managed to create a buzz in Europe, will now be offered in two eco friendly options, BlueEFFICIENCY Edition models. The first one of the two is the 1.5L diesel powered A180 CDI generating 108 hp while the other one is the 1.6L petrol powered A180 generating 122 hp. Both these models will go on sale in February, while deliveries are expected to begin in March 2013.

Mercedes Benz A Class A180 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY Edition diesel will be mated with a manual 6 speed gearbox, this combination will bring the CO2 emissions down to 92 gms/km and taking the mileage to 27.77 kmpl (65.3 mpg US and 78.5 mpg UK).  Mercedes Benz A Class A180 BlueEFFICIENCY Edition petrol too will be featuring the 6 speed manual transmission, giving a mileage of 19.23 kmpl (45 mpg US or 54.3 mpg UK) and CO2 emissions of 120 gms/km.

Mercedes Benz says that compared to other BlueEFFICIENCY Edition models, the A Class is more efficient, as it saves 200 ml of diesel / 100 kms and 300 ml or petrol every 100 kms. This means that the Mercedes Benz A Class BlueEFFICIENCY Editions are five percent more efficient than other BlueEFFICIENCY models.

Mercedes Benz achieved more efficiency in the A Class by lowering suspension by 15mm, retuned generator management system, longer gear ratios, and improving aerodynamics. To differentiate the BlueEFFICIENCY Edition models of A Class from their siblings, Mercedes Benz have added round LED daytime running lamps set into the bumper. For more information, scroll down.

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The particularly eco-friendly A-Class models: A for abstemious fuel consumption

Stuttgart/Brussels, Jan 10, 2013

Stuttgart/Brussels.  Just a few months after the successful launch of the new A-Class, Mercedes-Benz is now adding two particularly fuel-efficient and eco-friendly BlueEFFICIENCY Edition models to the range: with a fuel consumption figure of 3.6 l/100 km according to the MVEG cycle and CO2 emissions of just 92 g/km, the A 180 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY Edition is the most fuel-efficient Mercedes-Benz of all time. The A 180 BlueEFFICIENCY Edition petrol model, with consumption of 5.2 l/100 km and 120 g of CO2/km is likewise one of the most efficient vehicles in its class. The models will go on sale on 1 February 2013, while the first vehicles will reach customers in March 2013.

The fuel consumption of the BlueEFFICIENCY Edition models is even lower than for the basic vehicles‚Äď by 0.2 (diesel) and 0.3 l/100 km (petrol) respectively, representing an improvement of five percent in each case. Factors contributing to this include a lowering of the Cd value of the A-Class from 0.27 ‚Äď already a record for hatchback vehicles in this segment ‚Äď to 0.26. Additional aerodynamic optimisation measures include, for example, the partial covering of the upper section of the radiator grille, aerodynamically shaped spring link coverings that improve the flow of air along the underbody at the rear axle, and a suspension that has been lowered by 15 millimetres.

The generator management system has also been revised, as has the manual transmission, which now features longer gear ratios in the higher gears. Visually, the BlueEFFICIENCY Edition models are differentiated by round LED daytime running lamps set into the bumper, assuming that customers have not selected either of the available options of bi-xenon headlamps or the Intelligent Light System.

Technical data at a glance:

Diesel, direct injection
A 180 CDI BE Edition
1461 cc
6-speed, manual
80 kW
(109 hp)
92 g/km
Petrol, direct injection
A 180 BE Edition
1595 cc
6-speed, manual
90 kW
(122 hp)
120 g/km
* BE = BlueEFFICIENCY, **combined

BlueEFFICIENCY Edition special models have also been available in the Mercedes-Benz C- and E-Class since late 2012: the C 220 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY Edition (from 4.1 l/100 km and 109 g CO2/km) and the E 220 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY Edition (4.5 l/100 km, 119 g CO2/km). All BlueEFFICIENCY Edition models reflect the Mercedes-Benz philosophy of “Real Life Efficiency”, combining a realistically achievable low level of fuel consumption under everyday operating conditions with fun at the wheel and the comfort typical of the brand.