The A-Class is the lowest priced offering from the stable of Mercedes-Benz and it has been doing pretty well in India. True to its standards, the German automaker has made the A-Class a class apart to other hatchbacks of India. This hatchback carved out a segment of luxurious small cars, which is relatively new to the Indian market. The Mercedes-Benz A-Class has indeed been selling very well and has contributed to record sales for Mercedes-Benz recently. Read on to know what the secret behind the success of this car.
Mercedes-Benz has offered the A-Class with both petrol and diesel motors and has come out with impressive mileage figures for Indian market. The CDI engine is a 2143 cc diesel motor that delivers 134 bhp. The common rail injector uses high pressure fuel injection and turbocharger has a variable nozzle, which optimises fuel consumption and boosts the power output. The maximum torque output has also been increased by 20% over the outgoing model. The 1.6 litre petrol engine also has a turbocharger and variable valve timing technologies which result in a power output of 121 bhp. The top speed for petrol version is 202 kph and that for the diesel version is 190 kph. The 7 speed, double clutch, 7G-DCT automatic gearbox provides for a very smooth drive and also helps the car be more efficient. The driver can select from the following different driving modes: Economy, Sport and Manual. The suspension and chassis are structured to match the characteristics of the powertrain.
The engineers at Mercedes-Benz have worked on the aerodynamics of the car to reduce the drag coefficient of the car. The bi-xenon headlamps with LEDs make the car stand out from the crowd while the chrome grille with 302 hexagonal pins gives the car an unmistakable look. The now standard panoramic sunroof adds in a premium feel as well. The interior is the most delightful part of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class. It is moulded from rich-feeling materials and is equipped with lots of features. The sports seats can be electrically adjusted and also have power adjustable lumbar support. The drivers seat also gets a memory function.
The A-Class also gets an illuminated glove compartment, leather wrapped steering and gear lever, a 4.5 inch display in the instrument binnacle, front and rear armrests, a tyre inflation compressor, an eco start/stop function, a 20 CD sound system with a 5.8 inch display in the centre console with USB and bluetooth interface, and speed-sensitive volume control. When it comes to safety, the A-Class is quite loaded. Mercedes-Benz has included ESP, ASR and Brake Assist functions, attention assist, adaptive brakes with brake drying, hill start assist, tyre pressure monitoring, brake pad wear indicator, crash-responsive emergency lighting, multiple airbags, electronic immobilizer, auto dimming mirrors and more.
The A-Class was one of the first ever luxury hatchbacks in India and it continues to lead the way. Owners loved it for its performance, comfort, features and looks. Not to mention the attraction of the three pointed star badge. The new A-Class is a clear level higher than its predecessor and there is no doubt that it will continue selling well for Mercedes-Benz and scripting its own success story.