March 03, 2016 @ 06:35 PM

Mercedes-Benz Malaysia gives the A-Class a facelift

What’s different from the outgoing model? We investigate

Introduced globally last year, the refreshed Mercedes-Benz A-Class is now on sale in our country. You can now go Urban Hunting with the even more stylish A-Class to wow the crowd! Not only did Mercedes-Benz introduce a number of upgrades for the A-Class they have also introduced a brand new variant in the line-up.

The A-Class now comes with DYNAMIC SELECT that allows the drives to change the suspension set up via a touch of the button allowing more comfort without compromising on the car’s dynamic performance. The system doesn’t just modify the engine, transmission and steering but the air conditioning as well. Drivers have four driving modes “Comfort”, “Sport”, “Eco” and “Individual”.

Not much has been changed in terms of looks during the refresh, the most notable change being the diamond grille, new LED high-performance headlamps and newly designed tail lamps with dual tailpipe. On the inside, the A-Class’ seats have a new depth adjustment by up to 60mm and this feature comes standard to every A-Class.

ATTENTION ASSIST has been updated in the new A-Class, now able to give drivers comprehensive support and protection within an extended speed range (60-200kph) and the system now uses a five-stage bar display to visualise the driver’s current attention level.

Along with the drowsiness detection system, the sensor technologies system has also been updated. Now known as COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS, the system extends the functions of the previous Collision Prevention Assist system with autonomous partial braking to reduce the risk of rear-end collisions.

The biggest updates in the A-Class are under the bonnet. The A250 Sport now comes complete with Launch Assist for even faster acceleration from standstill. The car’s Eco Display also has a new way of assisting drivers in maintaining an environmentally friendly style of driving.

Mercedes’ entry level AMG, the A45 AMG, also had an engine upgrade along with the cosmetic changes. The 1991cc four-cylinder engine now produces a total output of 381bhp and a peak torque of 475Nm giving the A45 the ability to sprint from 0-100kph in 4.2 seconds, shaving 0.4-seconds off its predecessor.

The A200 now has an output reading of 156bhp. Although both the A200 and the new entry-level A180 shares the same 1.6-litre engine, the A200 produces 34bhp more with the A180 has an output reading of 122bhp and you even have the option to “sportify” the car by upgrading to the 18-inch AMG Wheels.

The price listed on-the-road without insurance for the new A-Class is as follows:
A180: RM195,888/ RM196,888 with 18-inch AMG Wheels
A200 AMG Line: RM205,888
A250 Sport: RM238,888
A45 4MATIC: RM348,888

Mercedes-Benz Malaysia is also offering the A-Class with an attractive Hire Purchase Classic package developed by Mercedes-Benz Services Sdn Bhd through Mercedes-Benz Financial. MBM is offering financing rate from as low as 2.18 per cent up to 2.38 per cent, with tenures ranging from three to seven years. Only the A180, A200 with AMG Line and A250 Sport is eligible for the package.

Jerrica Leong

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