Mercedes-Benz A-Class Design and equipment







Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: August 29, 2013
Categories: Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-Benz A-Class

Dynamic spirit and boundless individuality

  • Sculptural forms combined with muscular features
  • AMG "twin blade" radiator grille in matt titanium grey
  • Bi-xenon headlamps as standard
  • Dynamic spirit and exclusivity in the high-quality interior
  • Wide range of optional extras
  • Expressive and exclusive: "Edition 1"
  • Mercedes-Benz A-Class

Mercedes-Benz A Class

Unmistakable, sporty, emotive – the fascinating design of the A 45 AMG leaves a lasting impression. The A 45 AMG powerful high-performance compact car impresses with its new dynamic style which attractively combines sculptural forms with AMG's hallmark muscular features. The front section displays a typically athletic AMG style, with the "twin blade" radiator grille encompassing the central Mercedes star. Three large openings in the front fascia ensure an effective flow of air to the cooling modules; the outer black flics further optimise the air ducting. A distinctive front splitter is situated at the bottom end of the central cooling air opening. Like the twin-blade radiator grille, it is painted matt titanium grey. Standard equipment includes bi-xenon headlamps.

In the side view, the feature lines blend perfectly with the side sill panels and the inserts in matt titanium grey. The "TURBO AMG" lettering on the wing is a further distinguishing feature. There is a choice of three different AMG alloy-wheel designs for the A 45 AMG: AMG five-twin-spoke alloy wheels painted titanium grey with a high-sheen finish fitted as standard. The 8 x 18 wheels are fitted with
235/40 R 18 tyres all round. Alternative designs include the optional
8 x 19 AMG multi-spoke alloy wheels with 235/35 R 19 tyres. As well as being available in titanium grey with a high-sheen finish, the AMG alloy wheels can also be ordered in matt black with a high-sheen rim flange.

The dynamic styling of the front and side design is also clearly reflected at the rear end. The rear fascia with its stylised vertical side air outlet openings and the large diffuser insert are eye-catching features here. At the lower end, the matt titanium grey trim provides another stand-out feature. The AMG sports exhaust system with exhaust flap features two chrome-plated rectangular tailpipe trims on the A 45 AMG.

High-class, sporty interior

Dynamic spirit and exclusivity are likewise dominant themes in the interior of the A 45 AMG. On opening the doors, the driver is greeted by the AMG start-up screen on the centrally positioned TFT colour display. The sporty instrument cluster features black, round dials, carbon-fibre design, silver/red needles and a 320-km/h speedometer scale. There is an AMG logo on the rev counter.

The A 45 AMG exudes high-class appeal thanks to the use of high-grade materials and AMG's hallmark main menu in the central display. Called up at the push of a button on the multifunction steering wheel, this central display provides the driver with information using three modes: "Warm Up" indicates the engine oil, coolant and transmission oil temperatures; "Set Up" indicates the current ESP® mode and the transmission mode ("C", "S" or "M"); the "RACE" menu includes the RACETIMER, which the driver can use to record lap times on a cordoned-off racetrack. The permanent gear indicator in "M" mode helps when a sporty driving style is adopted. When approaching the red zone, the gear indicator turns red, flanked by a red "up" – this is a reminder for the driver to change gear. The separate gear indicator above the central display is an additional source of information for the driver: it includes a clear gearshift recommendation with a coloured arrow symbol, thus helping to save fuel.

AMG Performance seats with optimised lateral support as an optional extra

In the A 45 AMG, the instrument panel trim has a carbon-fibre look with five ventilation outlets in black/red. Sports seats in ARTICO man-made leather/DINAMICA microfibre, red contrasting topstitching and red seat belts are standard in this high-performance car. AMG Performance seats are available as an optional extra. Featuring AMG badges in the backrests and integrated belt guides in black or optionally silver chrome, they provide even better lateral support when adopting a sporty driving style. The AMG Performance seats can be enhanced by adding optional electrical seat adjustment including a memory function and multicontour function. In this case, the side bolsters of the seat cushion and backrest can be individually adjusted to suit the stature of the driver and front passenger at the push of a button, thus further optimising lateral support.

The A 45 AMG has the option of leather upholstery in black, crystal grey or nut brown. A particularly sporty touch is provided by the RED CUT perforated black leather appointments, which are part of the AMG Exclusive package.

AMG DRIVE UNIT and E-SELECT lever as standard

The AMG DRIVE UNIT in the centre console includes the selector lever with "C/S/M" button for the transmission modes. The multifunction sports leather steering wheel features red contrasting topstitching, a flattened bottom section, black shift paddles and a perforated grip area. An AMG performance steering wheel is available as an optional extra. It is also flattened at the top and has aluminium shift paddles along with a grip area in DINAMICA microfibre. The optional AMG Performance steering wheel also includes the E-SELECT lever with an embossed AMG emblem and the electronic main key with silver AMG emblem.

Further standard equipment for the A 45 AMG (selection):

  • AMG door sill panels
  • ECO start/stop function
  • Air conditioning
  • ATTENTION ASSIST drowsiness detection system
  • Radar-based COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST with Adaptive Brake Assist
  • Audio 20 CD radio
  • Red seat belts
  • Sports pedals in brushed stainless steel with rubber studs
    • AMG floor mats
    • Illuminated AMG door sill panels

Numerous individualisation options are available (selection):

  • AMG Aerodynamics package: AMG rear fascia, additional flics in front fascia, larger front splitter (R16 500)
    • AMG carbon-fibre exterior mirror housings (R9 500)
    • AMG Exterior Carbon-Fibre package: front splitter, side sill panel inserts and trim on rear fascia in genuine carbon fibre (R25 500)
    • AMG Exclusive package (R9 500)
    • AMG 8 x 19 multi-spoke alloy wheels fitted with 235/35 R 19 tyres, in two variants: painted titanium grey with high-sheen finish (R8 000) or matt black with high-sheen rim flange (R10 500)
    • AMG Performance exhaust system with two chrome-plated, rectangular tailpipe trims featuring twin-tailpipe design (R6 500)
    • AMG Performance suspension with tauter spring/damper tuning (R8 500)
    • AMG Performance steering wheel and E-SELECT lever, electronic main key with AMG emblem (R???)
    • AMG Performance seats (R19 900)
    • AMG wheel bolt cover in black, hub cab with centre-locking look (R???)
    • Harmann Kardon® Logic7® surround sound system (R7 000)
    • Intelligent Light System (R6 500)
    • Red-painted callipers (R6 000)

Expressive and exclusive: "Edition 1"

The A 45 AMG "Edition 1" model is extra-special: the expressive composition of exclusive exterior and interior details generates a new level of excitement. The A 45 AMG "Edition 1" focuses on the car's affinity to motorsport: the Aerodynamics package with rear aerofoil, additional flics in the front fascia and a larger front splitter create an uncompromising racetrack feel. The paint finish in cirrus white harmonises perfectly with the AMG sports stripes in matt graphite grey on the bonnet, roof and sides. A cosmos black metallic paint finish is available as an alternative. Red accents on the headlamps, radiator grille, exterior mirrors and rear aerofoil leave a lasting impression. These are complemented perfectly by the optional red-painted brake callipers and the AMG multi-spoke alloy wheels painted matt black featuring special AMG hub caps with a centre-locking look. The 8 x 19 alloy wheels are fitted with 235/35 R 19 tyres all round. Further standard equipment for the A 45 AMG "Edition 1" includes the AMG Night package.

The AMG Night package includes: privacy glass, black anodised beltline trim strip, radiator grille blades in silver chrome. Front splitter, exterior mirrors, side sill panel inserts and rear fascia trim in high-gloss black, two rectangular tailpipe trims in black.

Black and red dominate the interior of the A 45 AMG "Edition 1". Red contrasting topstitching embellishes the AMG Performance seats in ARTICO man-made leather/DINAMICA microfibre, the door panelling, the top section of the instrument panel in ARTICO man-made leather and the AMG Performance steering wheel in nappa leather/DINAMICA microfibre. Other visual highlights include the E-SELECT lever with embossed AMG emblem, the "Edition 1" badge on the AMG DRIVE UNIT and the AMG floor mats.