2019 Mercedes

Alpine Observer - - Motor Guide - AL­IS­TAIR KENNEDY

MERCEDES-BENZ has added an ex­tra vari­ant to its A-Class range. The new A 250 4MATIC joins the A 200 but with sig­nif­i­cantly more power as well as the ex­tra trac­tion from all-wheel drive.

The A 250 4MATIC de­vel­ops 165 kW of power and 350 Nm of torque, well up on the 120 kW and 250 Nm from the A 200.

Trans­mis­sion is through a 7G-DCT du­al­clutch au­to­matic to all four wheels.

The 4MATIC sys­tem has been up­graded for in­creased ef­fi­ciency as well as to al­low ex­tra driver in­put through the Dy­namic Select switch.

4MATIC com­po­nents in­clude the power take-off to the rear axle, which is in­te­grated into the dual-clutch trans­mis­sion, and the rear axle dif­fer­en­tial with an in­te­grated electro­mechan­i­cal multi-plate clutch.

Drive torque distri­bu­tion is fully vari­able be­tween front and rear axles. Depend­ing on the driv­ing sit­u­a­tion, 100 per cent of the drive torque can be di­rected to the front axle or up to 50 per cent can be di­rected to the rear axle if the fric­tion co­ef­fi­cient sud­denly changes.

A 250 4MATIC has a four-link rear sus­pen­sion.

Other stan­dard fea­tures in­clude 18-inch aero al­loy wheels; MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Ex­pe­ri­ence) mul­ti­me­dia sys­tem with in­tel­li­gent voice con­trol and dis­played on a pair of 10.25-inch dig­i­tal screens; satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion; key­less start/stop; and wire­less phone charg­ing.

Un­for­tu­nately we weren’t able to at­tend the launch of the new A 250 but will get into one as soon as pos­si­ble and re­port our drive im­pres­sions.

Safety equip­ment in­cludes nine airbags; LED head­lights; Ac­tive Brake As­sist with semi-au­tonomous brak­ing; Park­tronic park­ing as­sist; ac­tive lane keep; blind spot as­sist with exit warn­ing; traf­fic sign as­sist; adap­tive high beam as­sist and re­vers­ing cam­era.

At $49,500 (plus on-road costs) the A 250 4MATIC of­fers ex­cel­lent value be­ing just $2300 dearer than the A 200.

Ad­di­tional mod­els, in­clud­ing an en­trylevel A 180 and an en­hanced A 250 will ar­rive here in Feb­ru­ary 2019.

EN­TRY LEVEL: New Mercedes-Benz A 250 gets more power and all- wheel- drive.

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