Three different engines will be available on the European A-Class. The A200 sports a 163-horsepower, 1.4-liter inline-4 gas engine, and buyers can choose between a proper six-speed manual transmission and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The A180d packs a diesel I4 good for 116 horsepower. At the top of the lineup (for now, until the AMG variant debuts) is the A250, which relies on a 224-horsepower, 2.0-liter I4 and the same seven-speed DCT as the other trims.
Odds are, when the A-Class arrives in the US, it’ll wield an engine closest to the A250. Right now, the base CLA250 in the US rocks 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque — if I were to place my chips anywhere, it’d be on this engine or a variant of it. The aforementioned 2.0-liter engine is new, though, so there’s a chance it could head Stateside with the A-Class sedan.
Front-wheel drive is standard, but buyers can opt for all-wheel drive if so desired.
Engine: 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder
Output: 221 hp, 258 lb-ft of torque
Transmission: 7-Speed Dual Clutch Auto
Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive or 4Matic all-wheel drive
Fuel Economy: TBA
Price (USD): TBA, $30,000 (estimated)
Price (CAD): TBA, $35,000 (estimated)
BMW 1 Series
Entry-level 1 Series will use the same three-cylinder petrol and diesel engines found in Mini hatchbacks. There will also be more powerful 2.0-litre four-cylinder engines in 120i and 120d versions. The 1 Series will be front-wheel drive for the first time, too, to improve passenger space.
It’s thought there’ll be a new hybrid option, too, using technology from the Mini Countryman. This system pairs the 1.5-litre petrol engine with an electric motor to cut official carbon dioxide emissions to less than 50g/km.
For spirited drivers, there will be an M140i model, packing around 350hp from a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine. Just like the Audi RS3 and Mercedes-AMG A45, the new M140i will be four-wheel drive for maximum traction off the lights and out of corners.
Price and release date
We don’t expect to see the new model before 2019. When it hits dealerships, it shouldn’t cost much more than the current 1 Series’ £21,840 entry price.
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