IN A-CLASS OF ITS OWN

Car (South Africa) - - INSIGHT -

Hav­ing teased us with the re­veal of its China mar­ket-only A-class L Sedan, Mercedes-benz has trimmed the wheel­base and in­cluded the rest of the world

THERE IS DE­MAND

Ac­cord­ing to Britta Seeger, mem­ber of the board of man­age­ment of Daim­ler AG re­spon­si­ble for Mercedes-benz Cars mar­ket­ing and sales, the A-class hatch’s strong mar­ket­place start has cre­ated a gap for a new al­ter­na­tive to the hatch for those with greater space re­quire­ments. “It will en­able us to win new cus­tomers for MercedesBenz,” adds Seeger.

IT’S NO DRAG

Mercedes-benz has made the bold claim the A-class Sedan has the low­est drag of any pro­duc­tion ve­hi­cle in the world. Facets such as im­proved seals around the head­lamps, ex­ten­sive un­der­body pan­elling and whee­larches de­signed to route air ef­fi­ciently around the wheels con­trib­ute to a Cd fig­ure of just 0,22.

BENZ CLAIMS THE A-CLASS SEDAN HAS THE LOW­EST DRAG OF ANY PRO­DUC­TION VE­HI­CLE IN THE WORLD

EN­GINES: ONE OF EACH

En­gine op­tions at launch com­prise the A200’s 1,3-litre tur­bocharged four-cylin­der petrol unit (120 kw/250 N.m) and A180d’s 1,5-litre tur­bod­iesel (85 kw/260 N.m), both cou­pled with a seven-speed dual-clutch trans­mis­sion.

TECH & STYLE

Stan­dard fea­tures on the en­try-level model will in­clude the MBUX touch­screen in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem and a raft of pas­sive and semi-au­tonomous driv­ing-as­sis­tance sys­tems. The ex­pected de­sign and equip­ment lines (Style, Pro­gres­sive and AMG Line) will also be of­fered.

ETA: Q1 2019 LENGTH 4 549 mm HEIGHT 1 446 mm

WIDTH 1 796 mm WHEEL­BASE 2 729 mm* LUG­GAGE SPACE 420 litres *Iden­ti­cal to A-class hatch­back

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