Scheduled to make its first public showing at the auto tuning haven that is the Essen motor show is the Brabus Mercedes A-Class. The extensive tuning programme consists of enhancements in the form of aerodynamics, wheels, suspension, engine and interior, serving to make the W176 that little more special.

Beefing up its looks is a high-grade polyurethane bodykit that comprises front and rear spoilers designed to reduce aerodynamic lift on the front and rear axles, while the rear bumper gets a diffuser-like insert that houses the sport exhaust system’s four stainless-steel tailpipes.

No Brabus would be complete without a set of mean wheels, and to that end, a selection of 17-, 18- or 19-inch alloys are offered, the biggest of which comes in five different Monoblock designs. Buyers can opt for Continental, Pirelli or Yokohama rubber up to a size of 255/30 R19 on the rear axle.

Complementing the low-profile tyres are sport springs that lower ride height by about 25 mm, a combination that Brabus calls an “optimal symbiosis” between sporty handling and ride comfort. The company has not released specific details yet of engine tuning, but reveals that the programme, which is in the final stages of development, will include both gasoline- and diesel-powered mills.

Brabus Mastik and Alcantara leather upholstery can be had to plushen the interior, with the choice of colours and designs “limitless.” In addition to that, two-tone scuff plates made out of stainless steel, matt anodised aluminium pedals and door lock pins can be specified.

The tuning programme is backed by a three-year, up to 100,000 km warranty. We’ve driven three variants of the standard car in Slovenia – read our driving impressions here.