A-Klasse (W176) , CLA-Klasse (C117) und B-Klasse (W246) - 2013

The Mercedes A, B and CLA-Class model ranges are being extended with a slew of new entry-level diesel variants (A 160 CDI, B 160 CDI), a highly efficient BlueEFFICIENCY Edition model (B 180 CDI BEE) and more 4MATIC options (B 220 4MATIC, CLA 250 4MATIC). All are set to arrive in European dealerships in September 2013.

New base diesel models, the A 160 CDI and B 160 CDI, get an updated 1.5 litre turbodiesel engine with 90 hp and 220 Nm of torque. Both are paired exclusively with a six-speed manual gearbox and get from 0 to 100 km/h in 13.8 and 14.0 seconds, while using 3.8 and 4.1 litres of diesel per 100 km respectively.

The B 180 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY Edition meanwhile has 109 hp from a 1.5 litre mill, replacing the older 1.8 litre turbodiesel. Extensive aerodynamic optimisation measures and a special six-speed manual ‘box with longer ratios mean it uses just 3.8 litres of fuel per 100 km, an improvement of 7% over the outgoing model.

All-wheel drive options are now available on the B 220 4MATIC and CLA 250 4MATIC. The former gets a downtuned 184 hp version of Merc’s turbocharged 2.0 litre petrol engine and is the first B-Class offered with 4MATIC drivetrain. This pair dumps the base manual transmission for the newer 7G-DCT trannies.

These new engine options are only offered in international markets, of course. Locally we are limited to two A-Class variants (A 200 and A 250 Sport) and the B200 only, while the CLA-Class has yet to be introduced here. Fancy entry-level, manual turbodiesel Mercs, anyone? Doubt so.