Mercedes-Benz is now adding two particularly fuel-efficient and eco-friendly BlueEFFICIENCY Edition models to the range: the 180 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY and the 180 BlueEFFICIENCY Edition petrol.
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, representing an improvement of five percent in each case. This means – 3.6 liters / 100 km with CO2 of 92 g/km for the CDI and 5.2 liters / 100 km with 120 g/km CO2 for the petrol variant.
The 180 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY is a 1.5 liter diesel with 109HP (80 kW) and the 180 BlueEFFICIENCY petrol is a 1.6 liter naturally aspirated engine with 122HP (90 kW).
Factors contributing to the lower fuel consumption are: better 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 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 mm.
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.
The models will go on sale on 1 February 2013, while the first vehicles will reach customers in March 2013.