The new 2013 Mercedes-Benz is scheduled to go on sale this September, and in Germany it will have a starting price of 24,978.50 Euros (including the VAT). For this money you will be getting the base A 180 Blue Efficiency model that is powered by a 1.6-liter gasoline engine which produces 121 hp (122 PS / 90 kW).
What this means is that the cheapest Mercedes-Benz money can buy will be considerably pricier than BMW’s 114i which costs 21,900 Euros. The bimmer has a power output of 101 hp (102 PS / 75 kW). Anyway, the high-end A 250 Sport is scheduled to arrive towards the end of 2012 and it will ride on AMG 18-inch light alloy wheels, featuring an AMG-tweaked front axle as well as red-painted brake calipers. AMG will also work on the exhaust and suspension systems. This version of the new A-Class is going to have a base price of 36,860.25, including VAT.
On a personal note, although the BMW 114i is about 3,000 Euros more affordable than the A 180 Blue Efficiency, the Mercedes-Benz looks way better from any angle you look at it, plus it also has 20 hp more. For years I have been considering the 1-Series the ugliest car that the German automaker has made. Maybe when the next generation arrives the model will be entirely redesigned.