Mercedes-Benz is taking on the premium compact segment with its new A-Class and has revealed its model range and (UK) pricing ahead of the 2012 vehicle launch there so regard this as a guide only. The A-Class will be launched in five variants, including an AMG version. The model range below should give South African customers an idea of the kit and specifications when the new model eventually arrives on our shores. Pricing is in rand equivalent from the pound - expect things to be rather higher in SA with VAT and various import taxes.BASE MODEL - R247 963The A 180 BlueEFFICIENCY petrol is available with a six-speed manual and includes a 20 CD/radio multimedia unit a with 5.8-inch colour display. The multimedia unit has MP3, WMA and aux and USB compatibility.STEP UP TO SEThe SE version builds on the standard kit of the A 180 but adds a body-colour grille, tweaked suspension and 16-inch 10-spoked alloy rims. The cabin has sports seats, a leather steering-wheel and fabric trim.The SE is available as both A 180 BlueEFFICIENCY petrol (90kW) and A 180 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY (81kW). The diesel variants have emissions ratings from 98g CO2/km making it the Mercedes-Benz to emit less than 100g/km CO2. According to the German automaker, the CDI has a fuel consumption of returns 3.1-litres/100km on (combined cycle). Remember, the SA pollution tax threshhold is 120g/km.SPORTY A-CLASS - R278 001The Sport version is available in four engine choices - A 180 BlueEFFICIENCY petrol (90kW), A 200 BlueEFFICIENCY petrol (115kW), A 180 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY diesel (81kW) and A 200 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY diesel (101kW). The A 200 CDI is capable of rocketing from 0-100km/h 6.2 seconds and has a claimed fuel consumption figure of 3.5 litres/100km. The diesel sport model has a CO2 emissions rating of 114g/km in 7G-DCT auto guise.Design teaks include a twin exhaust pipes, 17-inch colour alloy rims and silver grille with chromed highlights. Inside, the Sport offers a perforated leather steering wheel, special trim, fabric sports seats with a chequered design.The Sport model boosts suspension and as cruise control with speedtronic. The new model has rain sensors and interior ambient lighting.The new A-Class is also available in two AMG variants - AMG Sport and Engineered by AMG.AMG Sport - From R306 862The AMG tuned A-Class includes a dynamic handling package with sports suspension, perforated disc brakes and cruise control with Speedtronic. Styling changing includes AMG bodystyling, a silver grille with chromed highlights and 18-inch alloy rims. The interior sports AMG mats and door sill panels, leather sports steering wheel, leather trim with red stitching and sports seats. The AMG variant borrows rain sensors, ambient lighting and the improved audio system from the Sport line.The AMG Sport is offered for the A 200 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY, A 220 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY, A 200 BlueEFFICIENCY and A 250 BlueEFFICIENCY (157kW).Engineered by AMGCompleting the new A-Class model range is the Engineered by AMG model, which is available with the A 250 BlueEFFICIENCY and the A 220 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY AMG Sport in (auto only).The second AMG model has a unique grille taken from the Concept A-CLASS in 2010. As expected from Mercedes’ tuning arm, the new model has AMG has tuned suspension, red brake callipers, 18-inch AMG alloys and rides on 235/40 R18 tyres. The Engineered by AMG model has bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime lights and red trim for the front and rear bumpers. Inside the German automaker adds privacy glass, red seat belts and air vent rings as well as wheel arch and mats with Sport badges.Night and Exclusive PackagesCustomers can customise either the Sport or AMG Sport lines with two optional packages - Night and Exclusive. The Night package adds privacy glass, black trim, side mirrors, 18-inch alloys and a black grille with chromed accents. Bi-xenon headlights with LED day time running lights are also included.The Exclusive package boosts the interior by adding leather upholstery, lumbar support, heatablefront seats and velour mats.All engines of the new A-Class feature ECO start/stop as standard, and in addition to the new six-speed manual transmissions, the 7G-DCT dual clutch automatic transmission is also available across all engines too.Mercedes-Benz has integrated Apple's iPhone into the new A-Class, including SIRI compatibility. The Drive Kit Plus, available as an option across all models, will enable drivers to access content from their iPhone through the multimedia display.