New Mercedes A-Class price range entry point has been set at 30,231 euro, in its home market, Germany. First examples will be in dealer showrooms in May.
Base price will bring you on the front lawn the Mercedes-Benz A 200 with 120 kW (163 hp) and a manual transmission. Its four-cylinder, 1332 cc gasoline turbo engine delivers a peak torque of 250 Nm from 1.620 rpm and is credit with a mixed fuel consumption of 5.8 l/100 km. Adding the 7G-DCT dual-clutch automatic gearbox to the mix takes the bill note to 32,326 euro.
Moving up the range, there’s the A 180 d diesel with four-cylinders, 1461 cc and 116 hp/260 Nm. Prices start from 31,398. Compared to the A 200, despite its power deficit, the A 180 d justifies its higher cost by the presence of the 7G-DCT gearbox as standard equipment. Consumption is rated as low as 4.1 l/100 km.
At the top of the new A-Class familiy we find the A 250, available from 36,461 euro. Powered by Mercedes’ own 2-liter turbo four-cylinder motor, it offers 224 hp and 250 Nm and it is also the quickest accelerating A-Class to 100 km/h: 6.2 seconds. The Mercedes-Benz A 250 won’t keep its range king title for long, though, as later this year or early 2019 the range will welcome the new Mercedes-AMG A 45 sports variant with no less than 400 hp.
The A-Class will be available as an “Edition 1” model at an additional price of 7021 euros for around one year after the market launch. Both on the exterior and in the interior, the exclusive special model has numerous colour highlights in Edition green. In addition, equipment features such as LED High Performance headlamps, sport seats and ambience lighting are standard equipment. The Edition 1 is available with all engine variants.
The new A-Class is equipped with the latest driving assistance systems, which give the driver cooperative support. The optional head-up display (1178.10 euros) is a new feature in the A-Class, alongside the Driving Assistance package (1796.90 euros, expected to be available from fourth quarter of 2018) includes the following systems: Active Distance Control DISTRONIC with route-based speed adjustment; Active Steering Assist with Active Lane Change Assist and Active Emergency Stop Assist; Active Speed Limit Assist; Active Brake Assist with cross-traffic function; Evasive Steering Assist; Active Blind Spot Assist; PRE-SAFE® PLUS.
PRE-SAFE®PLUS can recognise an imminent rear-end collision. If the danger of a collision persists, the system can lock the brakes of the stationary vehicle before a rear-end collision to prevent it from being shunted forward by the impact. This can minimise the risk of injury by reducing the forward jolt caused by the impact. Further PRE-SAFE® functions are included in the Driving Assistance package, but are also separately available in the PRE-SAFE® system (392.20 euros).
The new A-Class is the first Mercedes-Benz model to feature the completely new multimedia system MBUX – Mercedes-Benz User Experience, which also ushers in a new era in Mercedes me connectivity. A unique feature of this system is its ability to learn thanks to artificial intelligence. MBUX is optionally individualisable, and adapts to suit the user. As a further option it features intelligent voice control, which is activated by the key phrase “Hey Mercedes”.
The MBUX functions are modular in structure, so that the precise needs of different customers and markets can be met. As standard this has two 7-inch displays for the instrument cluster and media display with touchscreen, a multifunction sport steering wheel with touch control buttons on the left and right, a USB interface (Type C), a Bluetooth® connection for telephony and audio sources.
- Basic Navigation package (1356.60 euros): extended MBUX functions (including intelligent voice control with “Hey Mercedes”), navigation, pre-installation for Live Traffic Information and touchpad.
- Premium Navigation package (3016.65 euros): 10.25-inch instrument cluster, 10.25-inch media display, extended MBUX functions, navigation, pre-installation for Live Traffic Information, pre-installation for digital radio, touchpad and Traffic Sign Assist.
MBUX Augmented Reality for Navigation (297.50 euros) is a completely new function where the map display is enhanced with augmented reality. A video image of the surroundings taken with the aid of the front camera is augmented with helpful navigation information, for example, arrows or house numbers are automatically superimposed directly onto the touchscreen of the media display.
The individual Mercedes me Connect services are grouped into equipment packages. Those available for the new A-Class are the Connectivity package for Navigation (119 euros), which includes Live Traffic incl. Car-to-X communication, map updates in the dealership or over-the-air and the extended navigation services such as carpark information, filling station prices) and the Connectivity package for Navigation and Comfort(261.80 euros with additional in-car office function and pre-installation for the Concierge service).
At the same time, comfort features from higher vehicle segments make an appearance: For the first time in this model series, and apart from seat heating for the driver and front passenger (345.10 euros), seat climate control (1059.10 euros) and the Multicontour Seat package (702.10 euros, expected from second quarter of 2018) with a massage function are available for the front seats.