Early indications are that Mercedes-Benz’s A-Class, due to be launched in Europe later this year, will be bigger and more dynamic than its predecessor and sprout a number of variants.

Early indications are that Mercedes-Benz’s A-Class, due to be launched in Europe later this year, will be bigger and more dynamic than its predecessor and sprout a number of variants.

Aimed at the entry-level light car market, the new A-Class is due for international launch in September this year, but right-hand drive versions will only be available from 2005.

The new A-Class has grown a bit and should be an extra 230mm longer and 45mm wider compared with what is now the long-wheelbase model. This previous model was criticised for its lack of cabin space.

The sliding rear seat has been dropped too because the new car has enough space. And because the car is longer, only a single wheelbase will be offered.

Three petrol engines (1,5; 1,7 and 2,0-litre) will be available, while further revisions include an increase in capacity for the diesel CDI-engine from 1,7 to two litres, jumping from a maximum of 70kW to around 104kW. Also destined for production is an AMG-version to slot in above the current A190.

A CVT-automatic transmission will be offered alongside the manual.

In the pipeline for the new A-Class will be an off-road style version with four-wheel drive and slight exterior modifications. On offer too will be a three-door model and perhaps even a cabriolet, sources say.

Original article from Car