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A CLASS APART - Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan

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Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan

All the pricing for the first ever A-Class Sedan is right here

Following the introduction of the new A-Class hatchback and the new B-Class, the next new model in Mercedes-Benz’s compact car assault on the South African market is here, and it is the first ever A-Class Sedan. And yes, the A-Class Sedan will join the CLA-Class and play in roughly the same segment.

We have managed to scoop some pricing for upcoming line-up which will include only two models at introduction. The spicy Mercedes-AMG A35 Sedan and the fiery A45 S Sedan are expected to join the range in due course, but those are only expected to his Msanzi at the very end of 2019 or in early 2020.

At introduction, there will only be two petrol-engined derivatives available – the A200 and the A250 Sport. Much like they did with the W177 A-Class hatchback, Mercedes introduced a diesel variant later, but there is no update from Mercedes-Benz South Africa if the Sedan range will follow suit.

As with the hatchback range, the V177 A200 will use a turbocharged Renault-Nissan developed 1.4-litre four-cylinder petrol motor, good for 120kw and 250nm. It will be available exclusively with a 7-speed DCT transmission, with power sent to the front wheels. Expect average fuel consumption to sit between 5.2 - 5.5 litres per 100km. The A200 Sedan will be available in two specification levels – Progressive and AMG Line, priced from R533 906 and R558 906 respectively.

Until an AMG A35 arrives, the range-topper will be the A250 Sport. The sportier A250 Sport Sedan starts at R608 469, and uses an evolution of the W176 A250’s turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol motor, and now makes 165kw and 350nm. It produces marginally more grunt than the motor in the W176 hatchback, up from 160kw and 350nm, so 0-100kph is handled in a claimed 6.3 seconds. It will also only be available with a 7-speed DCT transmission, although this variant does feature Direct Select shift paddles. The A250 Sport Sedan also comes standard with the AMG Line kit.

Specification across the range is good. Both models feature the highly-rated MBUX multimedia system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality. Whereas the entry-level A200 Sedan uses an Artico artificial leather interior, the A250 Sport Sedan gains an Artico – Dinamica sport upholstery. As you would expect, there is an enormous amount of available aesthetic packages and optional extras.

There is also a host of standard safety equipment, notably 7 airbags, Active Brake Assist, cruise control, a tyre pressure monitoring system. The A200 Progressive features halogen headlamps and LED daytime running lamps, while the A250 Sport gets LED High Performance headlights paired with Adaptive High beam Assist.

Both models feature Dynamic Select as standard. This system offers different drive programs with preset options for the engine, transmission, chassis and steering, for instance. With the "Sport" mode you can drive decidedly dynamically, and with the default program "Comfort" very harmoniously. "ECO", on the other hand, places the emphasis on maximum efficiency and saves fuel and money.

Aside from the drivetrain, one key technical different between the two is that the A200 Sedan uses a torsion-beam axle at the rear whereas the A250 Sport Sedan uses a multi-link axle setup. In Progressive guise, the A200 rides on attractive 17-inch alloys, while the AMG Line variant gets sporty 18-inch AMG alloy wheels.

The Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan comes standard with a 2-year/unlimited kilometre warranty and a 5-year/100 000km premium maintenance plan, with a service interval indicator standard on all models.

 

 

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