December 08, 2015: Mercedes-Benz A-Class Facelift has been launched at Rs. 24.95 lacs, in Mumbai. This is the German automaker’s 15th new product for the country this year. A-Class facelift receives small updates on the exteriors while keeping the overall look unchanged and giving this hatch a refreshed appeal. Mercedes-Benz A-class rivals the likes of BMW 1 Series and the Volvo V40 and to hold its own against the competition, the exterior updates will include a redesigned headlamp cluster, which goes hand-in-hand with the updated, more aggressive front bumper.
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|Variants||Fuel Type||Transmission||Engine Description||Mileage||Power|
|A200 D Sport||Diesel||Automatic||2143cc
||17.5||20.0||136bhp @ 3600-4400rpm|
||12.03||15.5||122bhp @ 5000rpm|
Mercedes Benz India has launched the updated version of A-Class series in the country. This is the last product by the company for this year. Earlier this year, we have seen the company launching a new variant in the series and now, its entire series has been refreshed. The changes are only regarding the cosmetics and features, while its technical specifications remains largely identical. Also, the company has adapted a new nomenclature for its diesel variants, as the 'CDI' code name is dropped for a new code 'd'. Apart from this, the manufacturer is continuing its existing variant line-up. As for the changes, we can see that the bumpers at both the front and rear facets have been updated. Also, the design of the alloy wheels have been revamped for a more specialized look. Its rear facet is upgraded with LED brake lights, while the LED headlamps are provided as optional feature. Besides all of this, the car is now put on offer with a new exterior color “Elbaite Green” in addition to the existing paint options. As for the insides, the steering wheel gets a new three-spoke design, while the interior color scheme has also been refined for a more soothing effect. Adding to this, the cushion depth of the seats have been increased, which aids to offer more comfort to the occupants. In addition to this, the infotainment system is now updated with an 8-inch display, which adds to the customer excitement. The engine options are the same with 1.6-litre petrol and 2.2-litre diesel, which are retained from the outgoing model. Also, no update has been given to these power plants and they have been mated with the same 7-speed automatic gearbox.
The car maker has equipped this hatchback with an advanced “Dynamic Select”, a feature with four dynamic modes like 'Comfort', 'Sport', 'Eco' and 'Individual'. Switching among these modes will influence the characteristics of the engine, steering, suspension and transmission, which will eventually offers an unmatched drive dynamics. Both the engines are fuel efficient as usual, thanks to the advanced ECO Start/Stop function. This feature switches off the engine temporarily when the vehicle is at standstills position and thereby, it helps to reduce the fuel consumption. As for the features front, there are number of facilities provided inside the cabin to pampers the occupant for a fatigue-free traveling experience. Features like an automatic climate control unit, parking assistance, and advanced instrument cluster with 11.4cm color will aid the driver. Not to forget, this hatchback also gets a sophisticated cruise control system as standard featuring SPEEDTRONIC variable speed limiter that makes the driving even more exciting. The automaker has also given utmost importance to its protective aspects equipping it with features like an ATTENTION ASSIST system, tyre pressure loss warning system and airbags that safeguards all the occupants inside. At present this hatchback is competing against the likes of BMW 1 Series and Volvo V40 in the Indian automobile market.
There are minor tweaks done to its exteriors with regards to all its facets. This latest Mercedes-Benz A-Class gets a new set of bumpers at front and rear, that adds to its dynamic appeal. In addition to this, the rear bumper is now integrated with exhaust pipes that renders it a wider look. Besides this, the alloy wheels have also been tweaked for a refreshing new look. Also, the car maker has refined the taillights by updating them with LED brake lights. Apart from this, no change has been made to its exteriors. We can see its front facade is beautified with the presence of a diamond pattern radiator grille. The headlight cluster surrounding this has a radiant design and is powered by bi-xenon lamps along with signature LED daytime running lights and turn indicators. Coming to the side facet, this vehicle gets several trendy features like body colored door handles, ORVM caps and black B pillars. Its wheel fenders are now paired with new set of alloy wheels, which renders it a modernistic look. Its side facet has a unique design philosophy with expressive lines that exudes a sense of modern luxury. Overall, this hatchback has the best look among all the competitors in its class.
This latest version has a total length of 4292mm and a decent width of 1780mm (excluding external wing mirrors). Its total height measures at just 1433mm, whereas the wheelbase stands at 2699mm, which is long. On the other hand, it has 1553mm front track and 1552mm rear track, which is quite good.
The cabin section gets a minimalistic changes and yet, it looks very pleasant with a theme of ultra luxury. The color scheme of the cabin has been refined to render a soothing effect to the eyes. This color scheme is complimented by ambient lighting and wood inserts on dashboard and center console. In addition to this, the steering wheel gets a new three-spoke design along with additional control switches. The seats are ergonomically designed and got some improvements with regards to its cushion depth. This will help to offer better comfort to the occupants inside. Both these variants have electrically adjustable driver's seat with memory function. The dashboard is neatly designed and is equipped with an instrument cluster, which has a number of functions, air conditioning system, music system and an advanced touchscreen infotainment unit. It is also fitted with a three spoke steering wheel, which is mounted with several multi-functional switches for convenience of its driver. Furthermore, there is a provision for incorporating gearshift paddles, which contributes towards desired driving experience. It is wrapped with leather upholstery and decorated with company's badge in the center. The cabin is done up with extensive use of leather, especially for door panels, seats and dashboard, which gives a captivating look to the interiors. The front doors also have switches for adjusting seats and windows. The instrument cluster has a pair of round shaped meters and a multi-information display, which provides information relating to the vehicle's speed, fuel consumption, an electronic tripmeter, a digital tachometer, service interval reminder and several other notifications.
The manufacturer has made no changes with regards to the comfort features and it retains all the equipments and facilities like its predecessor. Also, both the trims have been retained, but with new name for the diesel version. Its cabin is fitted with a proficient air conditioning system with dust filter, which regulates air temperature and keeps the ambiance pleasant. It also has rear AC vents for cooling the cabin in no time. The cabin is incorporated with a power assisted steering column, which is adjustable for height and length that adds to the convenience. Both variants have been bestowed with power windows (front and rear) featuring one touch control and obstruction sensors. This model series is also incorporated with an advanced instrument cluster that provides informatics like outside temperature, trip computer, fuel consumption, fuel gauge, distance traveled, vehicle speed, gearshift position, tachometer, driver's seat belt warning and a few other notification lamps for keeping the driver updated. In addition to these, there are features like illuminated glove box compartment, inside rear view mirror with automatic dimming and dual front sun visors with illuminated vanity mirror. Furthermore, the car maker is also offering features like ECO start/stop function, direction indicators with one touch lane change function and folding rear seat back rest. In addition to all these, the car maker is also offering aspects like individual armrest for front passengers with stowage compartment, boot lighting, an additional spare wheel, TIREFIT with tyre-inflation compressor, rear center armrest with cup holder. Beside all these, this model series is also integrated with a reversing camera featuring dynamic guidelines, which provides excellent assistance to the driver while parking.
This hatchback is extremely spacious from inside, wherein its cockpit section has a total head space of 1017mm, legroom of 532mm and shoulder space of 1391mm. Its rear cabin has a shoulder space of 1350mm, leg and head room of 494mm and 952mm respectively. It is also bestowed with a roomy boot space of 341 litres, whose storage capacity can be increased further up to 1157 litres. In addition to this, it is fitted with a large 50 litre fuel tank that has a fuel reserve capacity of approximately 6 litres.
Transmission duties for both the power plants are handled by an advanced dual clutch 7G-DCT automatic transmission gearbox. It is an intelligent gearbox comprising two sub-transmissions. Its petrol variant takes only about 8.2 seconds to breach the 100 Kmph mark from a standstill and can reach a top speed of close to 202 Kmph. On the other hand, its oil-burner can accelerates from 0 to 100 Kmph mark in 10.6 seconds and can reach a top speed of 210 Kmph.
Like mentioned above, the automaker has retained both the engines from the outgoing version. Its diesel versions have been fitted with a 2.2-litre power plant that has a displacement capacity of 2143cc. It is incorporated with a fourth generation common rail based direct fuel injection supply system for optimum fuel efficiency. It comprises of four cylinders and sixteen valves based on double overhead camshaft valve configuration. This motor also has a turbocharger with variable nozzle turbine that enables the motor to pump out a maximum power of 136bhp in the range of 3600 to 4400rpm and generates a commanding torque output of 300Nm between 1600 to 3000rpm. On the other hand, its petrol variant is fitted with the same 1.6-litre in-line motor that has high pressure direct fuel injection system featuring piezo injectors. This 1595cc mill can belt out a commanding power of 120.7bhp at 5000rpm that yields in a hammering torque output of 200Nm between just 1250 to 4000rpm. The transmission duties of both these power plants are handled by a 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission gearbox that releases the torque output to its front wheels.
The new A Class comes with the same engine options like its outgoing model. The A 180 Sport is housed with a 1.6-litre petrol mill that is incorporated with a high pressure direct injection system featuring piezo injectors. It offers a mileage in the range of 12 to 15.5 Kmpl, which is rather good. The diesel version gets a new nomenclature with 'A 200 d”. This version houses a 2.2-litre mill under the hood with CRDI fuel injection technology. It is capable of producing a peak mileage of 20.06 Kmpl.
Its oil-burner comprises of 4-cylinders, 16-valves and is further equipped with a turbocharger. This 2143cc mill can belt out a maximum power of 136bhp that yields a hammering torque output of 300Nm. On the other hand, its petrol mill is also based on 4-cylinder configuration. This turbocharged motor has the ability to produce a peak power of 122bhp along with a mammoth torque of 200Nm.
In this model series, the manufacturer ensures the best of entertainment through an advanced Audio 20 CD multimedia system. It comes with a high resolution 14.7cm TFT color display screen with various controls. This is offered with a CD player that is compatible with different files such as MP3, WMA and AAC. Using the switches mounted on steering wheel and center console, this unit can be operated effortlessly. With this facelift, it now gets Mercedes-Benz Apps, which gives access to an array of services and other apps online. This enables the users to get internet connectivity through apps like RSS Newsfeeds, Tunein Radio and a few others. Not only this, but different updates can also be added automatically. Other features of this audio unit is that, it supports Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free operation, audio streaming, USB ports and auxiliary input options as well. To further boost the listening experience, there are high quality speakers offered. On the other hand, the buyers can still choose to personalize their expensive hatch with suitable accessories. Some of these include attractive body decals, modish alloy wheels, illuminated scuff plates, rear spoiler, and many other such elements
It is bestowed with a reliable braking system, which also adds to the security further. A set of internally vented discs are fitted to its front wheels and conventional discs are used for the rear ones. These are further loaded with superior brake calipers for improved performance. It also comes with brake assist system that includes automatic recognition emergency braking function. Other aspects like adaptive braking with hold function, brake drying and hill start assist are also on the offer. The suspension system is quite proficient, which aids in keeping this hatch stable and balanced no matter how the road conditions are. A McPherson strut is assembled on its front axle, whereas the rear one gets a four link suspension. This also has an electronic stability program and curve dynamic assist that makes driving easy in corners as well. On the other hand, it is available with a rack and pinion based steering column. This comes with an integral Steer control assist system, and speed dependent control as well.
A number of safety features are available in this model, which ensures high level of protection. It has Attention Assist function that is useful to detect the drowsiness of driver especially, when it is speeding in the 80 kmph to 180 Kmph range. It comes with sensors that analyze the driving behavior and warns the driver. The active restraint system is another device that has rear doors and windows with child locking system, manually adjustable rear head restraints, seat occupancy sensor and so on. There are multiple airbags available to safeguard the occupants during critical driving conditions. Meanwhile, the tyre pressure loss warning system keeps the driver alert if, there is a loss in tyre pressure. Not only it monitors the rotational speed of individual wheels but also identifies the tyre pressure loss. The hill hold assist function helps it to move off on inclines easily. The electronic stability program keeps the vehicle stable by applying brake force to individual wheels. There are hazard warning lights that gets activated automatically when it slows down from a speed of 70 kmph to a standstill and this works in conjunction with brake assist system. The anti lock braking system on the other hand, prevents it from skidding even when sudden brakes are applied. The adaptive brake lights are activated during sharp braking particularly, when the speed is over 50 kmph. Aside from all these, the list includes audible warning signals for front seat belts, crash responsive emergency lighting, ISOFIX child seat anchorage with fastening points, brake pad wear indicator and many others.
Both its variants have neatly carved wheel arches that are fitted with a modish set of16 inch, 5-twin-spoke light alloy wheels. Painted in matt black color, these get high sheen finishing. These rims are adorned with high performance tubeless radial tyres that bear the size 205/55 R16, which ensure extraordinary grip on all surfaces. Moreover, a spare wheel is also on the offer along with tools that can be used for changing a flat tyre.
1. Exterior updates renders it a brand new look.
2. Safety and comfort features are at par with other competitors.
3. Updates to the interiors offers a feel of premium luxury.
4. Power packed engine performance with decent acceleration and pickup.
5. Performance of the petrol engine is quite good.
1. Low ground clearance adds to its disadvantage.
2. There are no updates to the comfort section.
3. It continues to come with a 7-speed automatic gearbox.
4. Fuel economy of petrol variant can be improved.
5. Cost of maintenance and service is quite expensive.
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