Re­vamp set to raise Merc’s ap­peal

Pilbara News - - Motoring - Derek Og­den

More than ever, it seems, “thirsty for Merc” young­sters are be­ing wooed by Mercedes-Benz, with a re­vamped A-Class compact car, due Down Un­der early next year, high on the hit pa­rade.

“The pro­gres­sive new A-Class con­tin­ues the suc­cess story of our compact car range,” said Horst von San­den, chief ex­ec­u­tive and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, Mercedes-Benz Cars Aus­tralia/Pa­cific.

“Since 2013, the A-Class model range has en­hanced the youth­ful ap­peal of our brand, and been one of the real high­lights in our prod­uct of­fen­sive. This lat­est gen­er­a­tion de­liv­ers even greater com­fort and value to our cus­tomers,” he said.

The Ger­man car gi­ant has just re­leased Aus­tralian pric­ing and spec­i­fi­ca­tion lev­els of the widerang­ing line-up.

The new A-Class opens its ac­count with the A 180 cost­ing as lit­tle as $37,200, plus on-roads, while the top-of-the-range AMG A 45 is priced at more than dou­ble that, at $77,900.

The Mercedes A 180 has 17-inch wheels, Garmin Map Pi­lot nav­i­ga­tion, blind spot as­sist, re­vers­ing cam­era, key­less start, Dy­namic Se­lect, which changes the ve­hi­cle’s driv­ing char­ac­ter­is­tics at the touch of a but­ton, and a di­a­mond grille in black as stan­dard.

The A 200 petrol model pro­duces 115kW of power and 250Nm of torque from a 1.6-litre en­gine and in­cludes 18-inch wheels, a Mir­ror Pack­age and sports seats with lum­ber sup­port in ad­di­tion to the en­try-level equip­ment.

The A 200 diesel shares the same specs with its petrol part­ner.

The A 250 Sport with 4Matic all­wheel-drive pro­duces 160kW of power run­ning through a sev­en­speed dual-clutch trans­mis­sion.

It sits on 18-inch AMG wheels, and uses AMG Ride Con­trol sus­pen­sion. There are LED head­lamps, Key­less-Go, a panoramic sun­roof and am­bi­ent light­ing with 12 colours.

Push­ing the per­for­mance en­ve­lope even fur­ther, the MercedesAMG A 45 4Matic can sprint from zero to 100km/h in just 4.2 sec­onds, and pro­duc­ing a max­i­mum out­put of 280kW and a peak torque of 475Nm.

There are re­vised gear ra­tios, aero­dy­namic fine-tun­ing and the new AMG Dy­namic Se­lect driv­ing modes to raise over­all per­for­mance.

New to the A 45 is the AMG Dy­namic Plus pack­age that sharp­ens the ve­hi­cle’s sport­ing char­ac­ter­is­tics even fur­ther. One ma­jor com­po­nent is the newly de­vel­oped, me­chan­i­cal front axle lock­ing dif­fer­en­tial.

The Mercedes-AMG A 45 4Matic will ar­rive with 19-inch AMG wheels, Per­for­mance Seats, Per­for­mance Ex­haust, Dy­namic Se­lect (in­clud­ing Race Mode), Co­mand Nav­i­ga­tion, Har­man Kar­don au­dio, Distronic Plus and heated front seats as stan­dard.

With mo­tor rac­ing fans in mind Mercedes has come up with a dra­matic de­sign sort of based on the Mercedes-AMG Petronas For­mula 1 team — the Mo­tor­sport Edi­tion model. (Petronas the Malaysian oil com­pany is a ma­jor spon­sor of the Mercedes AMG F1 rac­ing team.)

Avail­able on the A 250 Sport 4Matic, the Petronas spe­cial has green high­lights on the rim flanges of the AMG wheels, AMG rear aero­foil, ar­eas of the front and rear bumper trim, and ex­te­rior mir­rors.

The 2016 A-Class prom­ises a new level of safety, with nu­mer­ous driv­ing as­sis­tance sys­tems.

From the drowsi­ness de­tec­tion sys­tem At­ten­tion As­sist to Distronic Plus, the A-Class pro­vides oc­cu­pants with com­pre­hen­sive sup­port and pro­tec­tion.

Stan­dard safety tech­nolo­gies also in­clude nine airbags, Pre-Safe, Blind Spot As­sist, Col­li­sion Preven­tion As­sist Plus and an Ac­tive Bon­net.

The Mercedes-AMG A 45 4Matic also will ar­rive with Distronic Plus and Lane Keep­ing As­sist (Pas­sive) as stan­dard.

Own­ers of the new-gen­er­a­tion AClass need not feel iso­lated from the out­side world with compact be­com­ing the first Mercedes-Benz model to be avail­able with smart­phone in­te­gra­tion.

This in­cludes Ap­ple CarPlay for iPho­ne­own­ers in which the sys­tem sup­ports tele­phon­ing, nav­i­ga­tion and lis­ten­ing to mu­sic, re­ceiv­ing and send­ing text mes­sages and emails, as well as Siri voice con­trol. The Mercedes-Benz A-Class range is now avail­able to or­der.

Pic­ture: Mar­que Mo­tor­ing

Youth­ful look to the lat­est Mercedes-Benz A-Class prod­uct of­fen­sive.

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