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Why Is The European Mercedes A-Class More Powerful?

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Come on Mercedes, you don't think Americans like power?

Back in July, Mercedes introduced its new smallest sedan, the A-Class, the first to ever be sold in the US (unless you count the CLA four-door-coupe). While Europe will receive a few engine options, the US-spec A-Class will only be available with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine sending 188 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque through a seven-speed dual-clutch. Power goes out to the front wheels on A220 models and all four wheels on A220 4Matic models. We still have no word yet on US pricing, but Mercedes has just revealed European pricing along with some other interesting details.

The US will only receive the A220 and A220 4Matic, but Europe's engine options include the 163-hp A200, the 116-hp A118 d (diesel), and the 224-hp A250 and A250 4Matic. This lineup is upsetting for a few reasons.

For starters, Europe will receive a more powerful version of the A-Class called the A250, which offers 36 horsepower more than the only US engine option. Europe will also receive its own A220 4Matic with 190 hp, two horsepower more than we will get in the US. It may only be a two horsepower difference, but it's still something.

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Finally, that A200 we mentioned will be available with either a seven-speed dual-clutch or a six-speed manual. This is yet another instance of Mercedes offering a manual transmission to Europe that we won't get in the US. Sorry manual enthusiasts, the A-Class will likely be DCT-only in the US.

As for pricing, it's hard to get an idea of the US prices based on the European numbers. The cheapest A200 rings in at €30,916, which equates to around $36,000 in the US. Seeing as the outgoing CLA 250 started at under $33,000, it's hard to glean anything from the European pricing - other than the fact that as per usual, Europe is getting better options than we get in the US.