Mercedes-Benz has launched its newest entry-level luxury sedan, the A-Class Limousine, in India earlier today. At present, Mercedes-Benz has introduced the A-Class with an introductory price of Rs 39.90 lakh for the A200 petrol variant, Rs 40.90 lakh for the A200d diesel variant and the A 35 4MATIC AMG is priced at Rs 56.24 lakh (ex-showroom, India, respectively).
The A-Class is offered with two different engine options, a 1.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine producing 161bhp and 250Nm and a 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine which produces 148bhp and 320Nm of torque. While the petrol engine is offered with a 7-speed DCT gearbox, the diesel engine is offered with an 8-speed DCT gearbox and sends power to the front wheels. Mercedes-Benz claims that the petrol engine has a 0 to 100 km/h time of 8.3 seconds while the diesel engine does the stint in 8.2 seconds.
Also on offer is an AMG variant of the A-Class called the A 35. Under the hood of this is a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that produces 302bhp and 400Nm of torque, sending power to all four wheels via a 7-speed DCT gearbox. The A 35 AMG claims to hit 100km/h from a standstill in just 4.8 seconds. It also boasts plenty of exclusive features such as the front grille with twin louvres, the AMG front bumper with flics on the air intakes, a front splitter and silver chrome trim elements exhaust chrome elements and curtain element in the bumper enhance the sharp characteristics.
On the inside, the A-Class is loaded to the gills with tech such as the NTG 6 with MBUX, Mercedes me connect, HD Media Display, Autonomous active brake assist, digital instrument panel, touchscreen infotainment system and multibeam headlamps with LED-taillights. On the A 35 AMG, customers are also offered more standard kit such as the flat-bottom steering wheel in nappa leather, twin digital displays (widescreen). The ergonomically contoured sport seats in DINAMICA microfibre with red stitching enhance the interiors of the A 35 AMG. A Burmester® surround sound system, adaptive AMG suspension and 18-inch AMG alloys are also unique to the A 35.
Commenting on this vital product roll-out Martin Schwenk, Managing Director & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India stated, “We are glad to introduce the highly anticipated A-Class Limousine to the Indian market. With the A-Class Limo we are offering today’s young and successful luxury car customer a very stylish and sporty car that is very comfortable, highly tech-laden, extremely practical in addition to a hassle free ownership experience driven by an industry first 8 years warranty on engine and transmission. We are equally thrilled to roll-out the first-ever ‘AMG 35 series’ for the Indian market with the AMG A 35 4MATIC. This is also the second AMG model we are locally manufacturing from our production facility. With as many as seven new AMGs planned this year, we are strongly placed to maintain our firm leadership in the performance motoring segment in India.”
The Mercedes-Benz A-Class competes with the recently launched BMW 2 Series, which is also offered in a petrol engine and a diesel engine. The petrol variant of the 2 Series is priced at Rs 37.90 lakh (ex-showroom, India), which is around 2 lakhs cheaper than the A-Class, while the diesel variant of the 2 series is priced at Rs 40.90 lakh (ex-showroom, India), which is the same as the A200d.
|Variant||Price in Lakhs (ex-showroom, India)|
|A200 Progressive Line||₹ 39,90,000|
|A200d Progressive Line||₹ 40,90,000|
|AMG A35 4MATIC||₹ 56,24,000|