Monday, 31 March 2008

Mercedes-Benz A-Class facelifted for 2009

Mercedes-Benz has refreshed its A-Class compact hatch for 2009 model year. The front end of the 'new generation' A-Class is more youthful, yet retaining a classy aura. The sweeping lines of the new-look headlamps flow seamlessly along the front and into the flanks, which literally appear to have been moulded from a single piece.

The redesigned front bumper with its air intake at the bottom is noticeably larger, emphasising the width of the body. The radiator grille has also been redesigned to reinforce the progressive character of the A‑Class.

Design elements at the front help differentiate the A-Class lines even more clearly than before. For instance, the AVANTGARDE line features a specially designed bumper that further emphasises the arrow shape of the front and symbolises even more agility. Individual wheel designs help differentiate the side view of the A-Class lines. While the entry-level model comes with 15‑inch wheels with 7-spoke trim, the ELEGANCE and AVANTGARDE lines sport individually styled 16-inch light-alloy wheels. The new, larger exterior mirror housings and the door handles are now painted in the vehicle colour on all model variants.

The rear of the A-Class is dominated by resculpted bumper and new-look tail lights that extend well into the flanks. Both features ensure that the body looks wider depicting a more powerful stance.

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