Mercedes A-Class

Mercedes A-Class

2018 Mercedes Benz A-Class

The fourth generation A-Class will come bearing several exterior and interior updates

Mercedes Benz is certainly the most popular luxury automotive around the world. In India the German automaker has taken an aggressive expansion strategy to grab the large potential market. The A-Class from the company’s lineup is the entry level model, which is specially built for those who are seeking their first taste of luxury cars. This model has been built to attract the young customers precisely.

Mercedes Benz introduced the first generation A-Class in 1997, which couldn’t garner much attraction. Later, when the second generation model came in 2004, the car grabbed eyeballs. Last year in 2015 the German luxury automobile brand introduced the third generation of the A-Class to the Indian market. Now the fourth generation of the Mercedes Benz A-Class has been spotted testing somewhere in Europe, which would reach Indian shores sometime around 2018. In India the car will attract the young customers, who look forward to get the first taste of luxury automobiles.

The third generation A-Class launched in India sports a very much urban and stylish guise. The styling has been done keeping the urban customers need in mind, while the interior offers the delicate touch of premium luxury features and comfort. Being a hatchback this car offers compactness which is very much convenient in Indian congested city roads. Moreover the global styling is very much appealing to the customers. Here let’s take a look, how the 2018 Mercedes Benz A-Class is going to be like.

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EXTERIOR

The test mule of the 2018 Mercedes Benz A-Class which was spotted testing in Europe was completely camouflaged leaving a little bit of space to guess the design of the upcoming luxury hatchback. The front fascia might get new set of headlamp clusters which would get LED headlamps along with the LED daytime running lights. The front radiator grille and the bumper would be revised to become more aggressive. Expect the front hood to get some muscular crease running down to the nose section.

At the side profile the A-Class will receive black capped wing mirrors with side turning indicators. The door handles will come completely black painted. Expect the new A-Class to come sporting some sharp creases running through the side profile. The wheels adorn new design, making the car sportier and appealing. So far, the new Mercedes Benz A-Class looks sharper from every angle compare to old models’ roundish appearance.

The rear profile will also get a revised attempt with the LED taillamps and the revamped rear bumper. Compare to the outgoing model’s roundish rear fascia the new model will come with sharper appearance thanks to the roof spoiler, shark fin antenna. The dimension would remain similar to the outgoing model.

The competitors against the Mercedes Benz A-Class are BMW 1 Series, Volvo V40 and Audi A1. The Audi A1 looks compact and stylish with sharper appearance. The hatchback looks a bit like a micro SUV with its shorter but bit taller posture. The BMW 1 Series looks way much muscular, but aesthetically not so glamorous compare to the A-Class. On the other hand the Volvo V40 comes very stylish and with an elongated appearance. The car is sharp and sleekly designed.

INTERIOR

The interior of the next generation A-Class comes with loads of features giving the owner the experience of the luxury automobiles. The interior of the Mercedes A-Class features multifunction steering wheel, dual pod instrument cluster which also gets a TFT display. The centre console sports a mounted touchscreen infotainment display along with round AC vents at the dashboard. The dashboard comes wrapped in plush leather. Expect all of this to continue in the next generation model of A-Class as well, in a bit revised way albeit. The touchscreen infotainment system might come updated. It would sport some additional technologies like semi automatic driving technology, which can be guessed from the sensors placed at the windscreen at the test mule. The car will also come with adaptive cruise control.

Among the competitors, the Audi A1 comes with a signature Audi cabin, which features multifunction steering wheel, dual analog and a TFT display at the instrument cluster, mounted display, which is available inside the cabin of the BMW 1 series as well. The Volvo V40 on the other hand comes featuring a very stylish interior, which is somehow more appealing than the other models in the fray. The instrument cluster sports a single round dial at the middle and wide display, the infotainment system is positioned above the range of control buttons. The upholstery and the seat materials are plush luxurious.

DRIVETRAIN

The Mercedes Benz A-Class is available in both the petrol and diesel engine options. The next generation A-Class would continue to be powered by the same range of engines. In that case the A-Class gets power from a 1.6 litre inline four cylinder petrol engine under the hood which is capable to churn out 122 hp of peak power at 5000 rpm and 200 Nm of peak torque between 1250 rpm to 4000 rpm. It can accelerate 0 – 100 kmph in 8.1 seconds while the top speed for the car is 190 kmph. The diesel variant on the other hand draws power from a 2.2 litre in line four cylinder engine which generates 136 hp of peak power between 3400 rpm to 4400 rpm and 300 Nm of peak torque between 1400 rpm to 3000 rpm. The diesel variant A-Class can reach 0 – 100 kmph in 9.3 seconds with a top speed of 210 kmph. In the next generation model the range topping A45 AMG would get a re-tuned engine which will be able to churn out over 400 hp of peak power.

The Audi A1 is available in different range of powertrains. The entry level petrol variant gets power from a 1.2 litre TFSI engine churning out 83 hp of peak power. The larger petrol engine is a 1.4 litre TFSI unit which is mated to a dual clutch seven speed S-Tronic gearbox and generates 118 hp of peak power and it can accelerate 0 – 100 kmph in 9.2 seconds with top speed of 200 kmph. The diesel variant of Audi A1 is powered by a 1.6 litre turbodiesel engine which comes in two different tunes, with one producing 102 hp of peak power and 87 hp of peak power. The diesel variants can reach 0 – 100 kmph in 10.5 seconds.

The BMW 1 Series being a pretty popular model sports range of powertrains which include both petrol and diesel engines. The 2016 BMW 1 Series facelift comes with a single diesel engine although, which is a 2.0 litre four cylinder twin turbocharged unit paired with an eight speed Steptronic automatic gearbox and it generates 150 hp of peak power at 4000 rpm and 320 Nm of peak torque between 1500 rpm and 3000 rpm. It is capable to reach 0 – 100 kmph in 8.3 seconds with a top speed of 112 kmph. The fuel economy for this car is 23.26 kmpl.

The 2017 Volvo V40 will come powered by range of powertrains, including 2 petrol engines and 2 diesel engine options, The 2.0 litre D4 diesel engine produces 190 hp of peak power at 4250 rpm and 400 Nm of peak torque between 1750 rpm to 2500 rpm. The transmission duty will be done by an automatic gearbox. The other diesel engine is a 2.0 litre D3 engine mated to a 6 speed automatic transmission, which kicks out 150 hp of peak power at 5000 rpm and 350 Nm of peak torque between 1500 rpm to 2700 rpm.

PRICE

The Mercedes Benz A-Class Facelift was launched last year with a price tag of INR. 24.95 lakh (ex showroom, Mumbai) for the A180 Sport petrol version, while the A200 Sport variant which is driven by diesel engine was priced at INR. 25.95 lakh (ex showroom, Mumbai). Expect the new model to come pricier than the outgoing model.

The Audi A1 in India would be priced around INR. 19 lakh. The BMW 1 Series 118d Sportline variant is priced at INR. 29.90 lakh (ex showroom, Thane). The Volvo V40 Kinetic variant is priced at around INR. 24.75 lakh (ex showroom, Delhi) and the Volvo V40 R-Design is priced at INR. 27.7 lakh (ex showroom, Delhi).

COMPETITION

AUDI A1

Audi A1 is the entry level hatchback in the German automaker’s stable. The car is a luxury hatchback with sharp and appealing stylish, and this car reflects urban design. The power source for this car is a 83 hp 1.2 litre TFSI engine, a 118 hp 1.4 litre TFSI unit and a 102 hp 1.6 litre turbodiesel engine.

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BMW 1 SERIES

The BMW 1 Series the entry level model for the BMW. The car is a muscular looking bold hatchback which offers the customers a sneak peek at the luxury elements available in BMW’s lineup. The power source for BMW 1 Series ranges between several engines. In India the car is sold with a 2.0 litre four cylinder twin turbocharged unit.

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VOLVO V40

The 2017 Volvo V40 will come powered by 2 petrol engines and 2 diesel engine options, which include a 2.0 litre D4 diesel engine, and a 2.0 litre D3 engine.

Volvo V40 Gallery

CONCLUSION

The next generation of Mercedes Benz A-Class comes with a stylish appearance, sharper and luxurious. The new A-Class gets more technologies and features inside the cabin. Although dimensionally the car is supposed to come similar like the outgoing model, the new model might get better space, which will offer a comfortable journey for the occupants.

QUOTE

“The 2018 A-Class will make the switch to a brand new platform that will replace the MFA architecture, also found in the B-Class, CLA, GLA, and CLA Shooting Brake. Most likely, this will lead to a healthy diet, improving fuel efficiency and performance.”
— motor1

“In the powertrain department, expect 4-cylinder engines and dual-clutch transmissions to feature prominently. High-performance models from Mercedes-AMG are also planned.”
— Motor Authority

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2018 Mercedes Benz A-Class

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The fourth generation A-Class will come bearing several exterior and interior updates
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Mercedes Benz is certainly the most popular luxury automotive around the world. In India the German automaker has taken an aggressive expansion strategy to grab the large potential market. The A-Class from the company’s lineup is the entry level model, which is specially built for those who are seeking their first taste of luxury cars. This model has been built to attract the young customers precisely.

Mercedes Benz introduced the first generation A-Class in 1997, which couldn’t garner much attraction. Later, when the second generation model came in 2004, the car grabbed eyeballs. Last year in 2015 the German luxury automobile brand introduced the third generation of the A-Class to the Indian market. Now the fourth generation of the Mercedes Benz A-Class has been spotted testing somewhere in Europe, which would reach Indian shores sometime around 2018. In India the car will attract the young customers, who look forward to get the first taste of luxury automobiles.

The third generation A-Class launched in India sports a very much urban and stylish guise. The styling has been done keeping the urban customers need in mind, while the interior offers the delicate touch of premium luxury features and comfort. Being a hatchback this car offers compactness which is very much convenient in Indian congested city roads. Moreover the global styling is very much appealing to the customers. Here let’s take a look, how the 2018 Mercedes Benz A-Class is going to be like.

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2016 Mercedes-Benz A-Class
2016 Mercedes-Benz A-Class

The first generation A-Class was definitely not successful when it was introduced back in the year 1997, so Mercedes had to go back to their drawing board and redesign a new car from scratch. The result was the second generation A-Class introduced back in 2004 which was loaded with plenty of safety features and also new engines under its hood but it still was a semi hit amongst the crowd. Thus in order to make their entry level compact offering work Mercedes introduced the third generation model in 2012 and it was based on the concept A-Class which was unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Auto show.

The new generation compact hatchback was way ahead of its predecessors in terms of styling and comfort factor. The luxury hatchback was also larger than its predecessors which naturally resulted in more interior room as well. This hatchback as you all know is a direct competitor to the BMW 1 Series, Volvo V40 and also the Audi A3 hatchback (not available in the Indian market).

It has not been long that the German premium auto manufacturer has introduced the A-Class in our market but now we already have some good news for the Merc fans, recently they have taken the covers of the new A-Class which actually is a mid cycle refresh and comes with many new and exclusive features.

What defines the new A-Class from the rest of the competition is its youthful styling complemented by dynamic lines, coupe like windows and offcourse! Some of the inputs taken directly from the concept model showcased back at 2012 Geneva Auto show. The car is still based on the same platform which also supports the B, GLA, and the CLA Class. Available with plenty of engine options and in front wheel drive layout the new model surely gets some new features while the engines are carried over from the previous car with minor improvements.

As of now the Mercedes-Benz A-Class is available with two engine options for India and we have provided you all the information about the changes that you will notice in the existing engines too.

Update 8.12.15:- Mercedes-Benz launched the facelift A-Class in India today. The prices and rest of the details has been updated in this review.

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Mercedes-Benz A-Class Facelift Launched; Priced At INR. 24.95 Lakhs

AS promised earlier Mercedes-Benz launched the facelift A-Class in India today priced at INR. 24.95 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the A180 Sport petrol variant while the diesel A 200d is priced at INR. 25.95 lakhs(ex showroom Delhi).

The facelift A-Class gets minor cosmetic updates which come in the form of a new redesigned front bumper which gets new integrated air intakes while the headlamp too has been revised and n ow there is also optional LED headlamps too on offer with the facelift model. There are no noticeable changes that you will find towards the side profile apart from new redesigned wheels but walk towards the rear of the premium hatchback and you will find that it gets new redesigned rear bumpers and also integrated duel exhausts. The rear taillamps also gets differently designed LED units.

The interior of the new A-Class gets few upgrades of its own which includes a three spoke steering wheel which also gets 12 functional buttons as well along with a shift lever finished in leather. The instrument cluster in particular gets multifunctional; color display and improved graphics. The speedometer and the rev counter get fine scale graduation which helps in giving out accurate readings. Apart from all these the dashboard also gets new colors and materials as well to keep things fresh last but not the least the switches too gets galvanized. The infotainment system on the dashboard also has been updated and gets an optional 8.0-inch screen complete with COMAND infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink software to integrated Smartphone.

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Mercedes Benz Launches Edition 1 A Class And B Class in India
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Mercedes-Benz Launched the ’Edition 1’ A-Class and B-Class in India today. Only 100 of these special edition cars will be sold in India.

The ’Edition 1’ A Class and the B Class has been garnished with some additional features which are not available on the regular A and B Class available in the Indian market. The ’Edition 1’ A and B Class gets few cosmetic upgrades on its exterior which includes a glossy black side view mirrors, decals on the side profile and a specially designed alloy wheels. While on the inside of both the cars you will get an electronically adjustable front passenger seats which are definitely not available on the standard cars and the rear passenger gets two screens and a DVD player apart from the cup holders on the arm rests provided at the rear seat.

Both these ’Edition 1’ A Class and the B Class are available only with diesel engine options and has the same diesel engines which are available with the standard A180CDI and B180 CDI. Thus both of them are powered by the same 2.2-liter four-cylinder diesel engine which produces about 107 bhp of peak power at 5000 Rpm and 250 Nm of torque at 1250 Rpm, the engines on the A and B Class is mated with a 7G-DCT or a 7 speed dual clutch transmission. These Edition 1 cars are available in White, silver and red colors.

The A Class ’Edition 1’ has been priced at INR 26.1 Lakhs while the Edition 1 B Class has been priced at INR 28.75, (Ex showroom Mumbai).

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Mercedes Benz has recently launched the A class here in the Indian market and this is the cheapest car which wears the three pointed star in its front. The Mercedes A class is basically a hatchback and this is the second hatch which Mercedes Benz launched in India after the B class last year.

Merc has tried to break away from their classy avatar and wanted to create something more appealing and youthful which will attract mostly the young generation of the Country and if you look at the new A class you will surely agree with me that they have achieved success, the aggressive design and the sporty engine of the A class has already made it a hit in the overseas market now that it has finally arrived in the Indian market, so let’s find out how it scores.

The Mercedes Benz A class is launched in both Petrol and Diesel variants. The Petrol engine is powered by a 4cylinder, 1595cc direct-injection turbo-petrol engine which generates maximum power of 122bhp at 5000rpm and 20.39kgm of torque at 1250-4000rpm, whereas the diesel engine generates 80 KW of maximum power and 250 NM of maximum torque. The figures really sound interesting; let’s find out all the details about this new hatchback.

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For a hatchback, that is a lot. But, this is the segment that has brought new customers to the brand. With changing times and the introduction of new, attractive cars even younger buyers are looking at Mercedes-Benz as an option, this according to Mercedes-Benz themselves.

The first quarter of 2014 was the best in terms of sales for the German brand. Out of the 2,554 units sold during this time, 510 units of A-Class and B-Class combined were dispatched to their owners. Now, that’s 20 percent of the total number of cars sold during the period.

This shows how important the entry-level premium segment has become for the company. It not only has brought new customers to the brand, but also in substantial numbers.

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Looks like the 3-pointed Star’s "little" gamble has finally paid off as recent reports suggest the the demand for the new A-Class and B-Class are going up, with customers waiting an average of 2 months for their car. Who would’ve thought?

Since these two models are imported through CBU route, with this soaring demand, Mercedes-Benz India has requested the Stuttgart HQ to prioritize and allocate more stock to the Indian market.

How good is the demand, you ask? Mercedes hasn’t disclosed any exact figures but we do know that they’ve managed to snag 400 bookings of the A-Class, 10 days prior to its launch

"When we launched the A Class there were doubts if India was ready for such compact luxury cars. Going by our experience, we can say India is ready. Today one out of every four Mercedes-Benz cars sold in India is a compact car." said a happy Mr Eberhard Kern, MD & CEO of M-B India.

Even we had such doubts, but given the fact that the Germans have engineered an amazing product that stays true to their core values in a compact nutshell, the two models were destined for fame.

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Most new cars are merely an evolution over their predecessors. The general idea being why change anything if it’s a successful formula. The previous generation Mercedes A-class wasn’t the success the manufacturer had hoped for which meant Mercedes had to go back to the drawing board and completely reinvent and re-ink the car. The result is that the all new Mercedes A-class represents a revolution for its maker asMercedes seems to have acknowledged that they misjudged the direction that it was heading with the previous A-class. The 2012 A-class which could come into India next year is aimed at the yet untapped group of younger customers who until now favoured cars like the Audi A1 andBMW 1-series. According to the manufacturer the new A-class is highly contemporary and is exactly what younger car buyers now seek - a compact but high-quality car with plenty of badge recognition. There’s a broad range of petrol and diesel engines, a wide range of trim options and for the international market Mercedes is including the aggressive AMG Sport. If launched, prices for the Mercedes A-class in India would start from around Rs20 lakh.

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Mercedes Benz confirms A-class based compact SUV to take on the BMW X1 and the Audi Q3

Mercedes Benz confirms A-class based compact SUV to take on the BMW X1 and the Audi Q3

Mercedes Benz has confirmed the development of an A-class based SUV to rival the Audi Q3 andBMW X1. This will mark the entry of the manufacturer in the premium compact crossover segment and Daimler Chief Executive Dieter Zetsche made the announcement during a conference at Mercedes’ plant in Germany. Speaking on the occasion Zetsche said, "This start of production marks a further milestone in our Mercedes-Benz 2020 growth strategy. The A-Class represents our offensive in the compact segment." "And there is more to come: The compact SUV will be the third model we will build here in Rastatt."

The upcoming A-class SUV will likely be named GLA and will share a four-cylinder diesel and petrol engine line up with the hatchback model. The name GLA is based on Mercedes philosophy – where GL stands for SUV and the A denoting its small size. No details about the launch have been confirmed and we expect it not to be production ready before 2014. The compact SUV though might make debut in concept form at one of the Motor Shows next year.

According to the manufacturer since the start of sales of the A-class it has received more than 40000 orders, while it has already delivered over 70000 B-class vehicles since its launch in November 2011. Mercedes-Benz has said that it will invest further US$731 million in 2012 and next year for a second wave of expansion in addition to the US$731 million it has already spent for the production of the new compact models.

The new model is aimed at the youth and is more dynamic to look at and to drive, and clearly aimed at a younger audience. The compact SUV will have a more upright stance with a diamond grille and Xenon headlights. The compact crossover is one of the missing links in the Mercedes range and this segment has seen significant growth in recent past and Mercedes has been losing numbers to its German rivals due to lack of an appropriate product.

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Mercedes A-class revealed. India launch probably in 2013

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