Launched: Mercedes-Benz A-Class
Mercedes extends its portfolio, this time with a small hatchback
This is not the first time it’s happening in India. But it’s certainly a good thing. Our country needs more of these. If you have been following our launch date story, you'll know what we’re hinting at... yes it's the launch of the Mercedes-Benz hatchback, the A-Class.
After the launch of the B-Class a few months back, the A-Class is Mercedes' second hatchback offering in the Indian market. Before we get into the details, let's get the price out of the way. So here goes, the petrol A180 'Sport' is priced at Rs 22.73 lakh and the diesel A180 'Style' will be yours for Rs 21.93 lakh (all prices ex-showroom, Mumbai).
In terms of features, the A-Class gets almost everything that a luxury car should.
The petrol A-Class has a 1.6-litre turbo-charged petrol engine under its hood, which puts out 121bhp and 200Nm of torque. Mercedes has also extended the option of a diesel to do the duty under the A-Class’s hood. The 2.2-litre oil burner churns out 107bhp and 250Nm. Both engines are mated to a 7-speed automatic gearbox with paddleshifts, with power being sent to the front wheels. The petrol-equipped A-Class can touch 202kph, while the diesel can do 190kph, says MB. As you may have made out from the figures, the A-Class is no slowpoke.
In terms of features, the A-Class gets almost everything that a luxury car should. There's seven airbags, Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Acceleration Skid Control (ASC), Adaptive Brake Lights (ABL), Attention Assist, Brake Assist (BA), Hill Start Assist and Hold Assist, an Electric Parking Brake, Tyre Pressure Loss Warning System, Bluetooth telephony and a reverse cam among other goodies.
The A-Class sports an aggressive look with its headlamps and grille design. The interiors too carry the design theme forward with sporty air-vents and seat design.
So are you running off to Merc showrooms, or do you think there's something else out there you'd rather plonk your dough on? Tell us in the comments below.