In the A45, an AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sports transmission with dual clutch technology will work together with an all-wheel drive system to transfer power to the road.
The chassis of the five-door hatchback has been reworked and features new suspension and steering system settings and components, wider tracks, reworked electronic aids and stronger brakes.
The A45 AMG, which will not be sold in North America where Mercedes-Benz will instead offer the CLA 45 AMG sports sedan with the same powertrain, is scheduled for a world premiere at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show next March before it goes on sale later in the year.
For the first time ever, Mercedes-Benz is targeting the upper echelon of the popular C segment with a traditional hatchback model, the all-new A-Class, which is available for order now in Europe with deliveries to begin in September.
Ever since the brand with the star introduced the latest generation of the A-Class at the Geneva Motor Show this past March, it has been slowly but steadily releasing additional information including specs and prices as well as photos and videos of its BMW 1-Series and Volvo V40 rival.
This time, we have a fresh gallery with 148 high-resolution photos showing the five-door hatchback from all sorts of angles, both inside and out.
Priced in Germany from €23,978.50 (about US$30,100, including 19 percent VAT/Tax), the A-Class is available at launch with three diesel engines ranging in output from 107hp (109PS) to 134hp (136PS), and three four-cylinder petrol units producing from 121hp (122PS) to 208hp (211PS).
Besides the five-door model seen here, Mercedes-Benz also plans to launch three-door variant of the A-Class and a sporty four-door saloon under the CLA moniker.
From launch, Mercedes-Benz will offer a broad range of gasoline and diesel engines. The petrol lineup includes three four-cylinder options: the A180 with a 1.6-liter turbocharged unit producing 121hp (122PS), the A200 that uses a 154hp (156PS) version of the 1.6-liter unit and the A250 powered by a 2.0-liter turbo delivering 208hp (211PS)
On the diesel front, we find the A180 CDI with a 1.8-liter engine churning out 108hp (109PS) and 250Nm (184 lb-ft), the A200 CDI with the same unit rated at 134hp (136PS) and 300Nm (221 lb-ft), and the A220 CDI with a 2.2-liter turbocharged four delivering 168hp (170PS) and 350Nm (258 lb-ft).
All engines in the new A-Class come equipped with the ECO start/stop function as standard and can be combined either with a new six-speed manual gearbox or an optional 7G-DCT dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The German company is also planning to introduce a flagship AMG model that will use a turbocharged four-cylinder engine possibly delivering well over 300-horses.
Other highlights include the introduction of a raft of assistance systems such as the Blind Spot Assist and Lane Keeping Assist, an in-house developed app that allows users to integrate their Apple iPhone into the car’s infotainment system, and an AMG Sport package with styling as well as chassis upgrades.
The new five-door Mercedes-Benz A-Class will reach European dealership in September. There are no current plans to offer the hatchback model in the States.