By Otsile Kadiege
Mercedes-Benz has lifted the veil off the updated A-Class hatchback and A-Class Sedan. The duo get subtle exterior design updates, an handful of standard interior equipment, upgraded safety assistance systems and a electrified powertrains.
Updated exterior styling
On the outside, the updated A-Class duo get a redesigned radiator grille with star pattern and the flat headlamps, available as an option in an LED variant. The sporty character is underlined by externally flush wheels with four additional rim designs in sizes up to 19 inches, including optional high-gloss black painted light-alloy wheels in multi-spoke design and with a high-gloss rim flange for the AMG Line.
At the rear, the new A-Class get a redesigned rear diffuser and LED taillights as standard. A variety of non-metallic/metallic and Manufaktur paint finishes will be available for customers.
Updated interior styling and technology
Inside, the new A-Class range gets three-dimensionally embossed Artico upholstery. The Progressive trim level offers three different interior colours: black, a luxurious-looking beige and the new, zeitgeisty sage grey. A new, dark carbon-fibre look trim element further enhances both the instrument panel and the doors in these models. The AMG Line models features bright brushed aluminium trim and red contrasting top-stitching in the Artico/Microcut seats.
Other noteworthy interior highlights include a newly designed nappa steering leather wheel, a redesigned centre console and the latest and highly customisable MBUX infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and wireless Android Auto. As standard, the updated A-Class range gets a freestanding dual-screen display with a 7-inch and the larger 10.25-inch display taking centre stage. Optional are two 10.25-inch displays.
Upgraded safety assistance systems
The new A-Class has also been given an update in terms of safety assistance. With the upgrade of the Driver Assistance Package, for example, the control of the Lane Keeping Assist is much more comfortable by using the Active Steering Control. The next generation of the Parking Package supports longitudinal parking and offers, among other things, 360-degree visualisation for camera-assisted parking using 3D images.
The new A-Class has also received an update with respect to its engines. The petrol engine range has been electrified throughout and includes four-cylinder units with a 7- or 8-speed DCT automatic as standard. As mild hybrids, these are equipped with an additional 48-volt electrical system that supports agility when starting off with 10 kW more power. The new belt-driven starter-generator (RSG) is said to noticeably improves the comfort and experience for customers of the new A-Class.
We’ll focus on the powerplants which are currently of offer in SA, namely A 200, A 250 and A 220d for the Sedan.
|A 200||A 250 4Matic||A 220d Sedan|
|Rated kW||120kW + 10kW overboost||165kW +10kW overboost||110kW|
|Fuel consumption WLTP||6.4 – 5.8l/100km||7.5 – 6.9l/100km||5.4 – 4.8l/100km|
Mercedes-Benz South Africa is yet to announce local availability, local pricing and local specifications and engine line up.
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