In its third generation, the Mercedes-Benz A-Class was launched as subcompact 4-door hatchback in 1997. With the introduction of the W176 in 2012, it became a compact car. The latest W176 is a 5-door hatchback with a 6-speed manual or 7-speed automatic transmission. There are 2 turbocharged engine variations and 3 diesel options. All generations have a front-wheel drivetrain layout.