Mercedes-Benz is now adding two particularly fuel-efficient and eco-friendly BlueEFFICIENCY Edition models to the newly launched A-Class.
The first is the A 180 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY Edition which is the most fuel-efficient Mercedes-Benz of all time 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 second is the A 180 BlueEFFICIENCY Edition petrol model, which with consumption of 5.2 l/100 km and 120 g of CO2/km, is one of the most efficient vehicles in its class. The models will go on sale on 1 February 2013 with first deliveries beginning March 2013.
The fuel consumption of the BlueEFFICIENCY Edition models is even lower than for the basic vehicles – by 0.2 (diesel) and 0.3 l/100 km (petrol) respectively - an improvement of five percent in each case.
This fuel efficiency was achieved by lowering of the Cd value of the A-Class from 0.27 – already a record for hatchback vehicles in this segment – to 0.26. Additional aerodynamic optimisation measures included, 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.