We are sure the Audi RS3 Sportback enjoyed its reign at the top of hatch horsepower charts. However, now Mercedes Benz has updated its a-Class so that it reclaims the throne, castle and the jewels. How? Well, the 2016 Mercedes Benz A-Class has been officially revealed with a significant bump of 36 horsepower (now 381HP) and an increase of 18 pound feet of torque (now 350 lb-ft.)
Even in this era of emissions regulations, ever-present fuel economy and engine downsizing, the power wars are alive. The redesigned A45 was recently revealed at Goodwood Festival of Speed ahead of formal debut at September’s Frankfurt Auto Show. Well, while there aren’t any plans to launch the A-Class in America, you will get to see plenty of changes in GLA and CLA models.
Modifications to suspension, transmission, design, appointments and electronics have turned the 2016 Mercedes Benz A-Class into a fully new vehicle that’s good for pumping out 381 horsepower with 475 newton meters of torque. It can reach 100 kilometers from standstill in 4.2 seconds. A lot of others areas of the vehicle have been optimized. The Dynamic Select Driving modes – Individual modes, Sport +, Sport and Comfort; redesigned gear ratios and aerodynamic fine-tuning – all help boost performance.
The engine is teamed up with a 7-speed automatic transmission that sends power to all the four wheels. More stability, more dynamism – the influences from motorsport are immediately apparent in the 2016 Mercedes Benz A-Class with front skirt in A-wing design, AMG specific cooling air inlets, LED high performance headlights with eyebrows, daytime running lights, striking spoiler lip in diffuser and four vertical fins.
The sports and dynamic character continues inside with new multifunction sports steering column with perforated leather in grip area, red contrasting topstitching, flattened lower section and sports seats. Some of the technology features include COMAND Online with extended functions like optimal smartphone integration by Apple CarPlay for iPhones, collision prevention assist and traffic sign assist.
Pricing and more info will be revealed closer to launch. So, stay tuned!