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What Makes The A-Class a Premium Saloon?


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The all-new A-Class Sedan is unlike Mercedes product before it and its exterior alone conveys that message. This dynamic and compact saloon brings together a number of traits that set it apart from the rest like; pronounced wheel arches that fit up to 19-inch wheels, the elegant single-louvre diamond radiator grille, a progressive front end design, precise character lines, muscular and sensual shoulders, and many more. Some features that do well at complementing these character traits are the; optional radiator grille chrome pins, various wheel options, an AMG package for sportier design cues and Night Package for improved street presence.

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With its puristic design emphasising surfaces, the A-Class Saloon is hot and cool at the same time, and thereby is a seamless fit with the design idiom of Sensual Purity. This includes the clear formal shapes emphasising surface areas with reduced lines and precise gaps. The new A-Class Saloon has the proportions of a dynamic and compact saloon car with short front and rear overhangs.

The greenhouse which sits far back and the compact rear end lend the vehicle a formal dynamic boost. Thanks to the 16 to 19-inch wheels and the pronounced wheel arches, the A-Class Saloon has a sporty stance on the road.

The front end design looks very progressive. Contributing to this impression are the low, elongated bonnet, the slimline headlamps with chrome element, the torch-like daytime driving lights - plus the single-louvre diamond radiator grille with chrome pins (optional), and the central star.

The muscular and sensual vehicle shoulder with a precise character line running below it emphasises the perfectly contoured side volume. The side mirrors sit on the beltline.

The two-part tail lamps underscore the clear rear end that emphasises width. The rear reflectors were relocated to the modular two-part rear bumper. Depending on the selected equipment, this rear bumper is available with a black diffuser or with chrome trim strip and chrome tailpipe tips.

Here are the design details of the individual equipment lines:
  • Production model: Radiator grille with individual louvres and central star, outside mirror flap painted in the vehicle colour, 16-inch steel wheels, 17-inch wheels for models with an output of 120 kW or higher
  • Style: Radiator grille with diamond pins in black, silver-painted louvre and chrome inlay; side skirts painted in the vehicle colour; chrome-plated beltline trim strip. 16-inch or 17-inch light alloy wheels (for models with an output of 120 kW or higher)
  • Progressive: Diamond radiator grille with pins in black, silver-painted louvre and trim insert in chrome; side skirts painted in vehicle colour; beltline and window line trim strip chromed; visible non-functional tailpipe trims and rear apron with trim element in chrome as well as various 17-inch light alloy wheels.
  • AMG Line: Diamond radiator grille with pins in chrome and silver-painted louvre and trim insert in chrome, AMG front apron with front splitter in chrome, AMG rear apron (with visible non-functional tailpipe trims) as well as AMG side sill panel in the vehicle colour, beltline and window line trim strip chromed, 18" AMG light alloy wheels. Front brake calliper with Mercedes-Benz logo, front brake disks perforated (for A 220 and higher).
  • Night Package (available in combination with the Progressive Line and the AMG Line): The package includes black-painted exterior mirror housings; diamond radiator grille with pins (depending on the Line) and louvre painted in black with a high-gloss finish; rear apron with trim painted in black with a high-gloss finish; beltline trim strip and window line trim strip in high-gloss black; heat-insulating dark-tinted glass from B-pillar. The Progressive line also comes with 18-inch 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels in black with a high-sheen finish. The AMG Line also includes 18-inch AMG 5-spoke light-alloy wheels painted in black with a high-sheen finish as well as the front splitter painted in black with a high-gloss finish.

The Edition 1 will follow around one year from market launch. Both on the exterior and in the interior, the exclusive special model comes with numerous colour highlights in copper, such as on the pins of the diamond radiator grille. The Edition 1 is shod with 19-inch AMG multi-spoke light-alloy wheels, copper-painted with a high-sheen finish. Additional standard features include LED High Performance headlamps, sport seats with adjustable head restraints and ambience lighting. The Edition 1 is available in all engine variants and selected paint finishes.
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Interior

On the inside you'll find the automotive definition of avant-garde with its dashboard that has no visual discontinuity from end to end, an optional widescreen display as its main center piece, and turbine influenced vents that don't distract you from the rest of the interior. Highlighting the lower part of the cabin is ambient lighting that enhances the similar free-floating design continued here. Key configuration decisions owners will have to make are screen options ranging from two 7-inch displays to 10.25-inch display, fresh interior colors such as' indigo blue, neva grey or black, carbon-fibre look in black or silver and a mix of grain and wood trims.

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The interior of the new A-Class is completely redefined with its modern, avant-garde look. Mercedes-Benz has taken a completely new approach, revolutionising the compact class from the inside with a new feeling of spaciousness. The unique interior architecture is shaped in particular by the avant-garde design of the dashboard: The designers completely dispensed with a cowl above the cockpit. As a result, the wing-shaped main body of the dashboard extends from one front door to the other with no visual discontinuity. The Widescreen display (optional) is completely free-standing. The air vents in a sporty turbine look are another highlight.

Below this main body is a low-lying section, the so-called wing. The wing appears to float, as there are no connections or shape transitions to the surrounding area. The ambient lighting enhances this effect, accentuating the free-floating impression of the substructure. The 64 colours of the optional ambient lighting make five times as many colours available than before. And it is not just the variety that has increased, as the emotive presentation also sets standards in this segment: The different colours are composed into ten colour themes to allow an avant-garde lighting display with spectacular colour changes.

The cockpit is available in three versions:
  • with two 7-inch displays (17.78 cm),
  • with one 7-inch and one 10.25-inch (26 cm) display and
  • with two 10.25-inch displays.

Colour and trim: fresh colours and unusual trim

The interior can be adapted to suit personal tastes in many ways. The fresh colour concept plays an important part in this: the choice includes indigo blue inspired by the denim jeans look, as well as cool neva grey exclusive to the A-Class. Light effects create an additional effect in this context.

Depending on the equipment line, different types and colours of trim elements are available for the dashboard. An overview of the trim elements:
  • Style: colour band matching the upholstery in neva grey, indigo blue or black with integrated, contrasting piping in orange, light blue or grey
  • Progressive: carbon-fibre look in black or silver
  • AMG Line: AMG microfibre in black or aluminium with bright longitudinal grain (in conjunction with Artico upholstery)
  • Optional for Progressive/AMG Line: light aluminium with longitudinal grain, light aluminium with line grain, trim in black open-pore lime wood or brown open-pore walnut wood (Progressive only)
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MBUX

Surprisingly the A-Class of all new Mercedes products is the first to get the completely new MBUX multimedia system along with a new generation of Mercedes me connectivity. Millennial buyers will be happy to know all of this comes standard. This advanced multimedia system includes its own ability to learn (thanks to AI integration) and tailor itself to the driver, passengers and the vehicle. Also, augmented reality technology, intelligent voice control, a head-up display, 3-D maximum-resolution graphics, navigation with car-to-X communication, and more that make it unlike anything price similarly.

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The new A-Class is the first Mercedes-Benz model to feature the completely new MBUX - Mercedes-Benz User Experience multimedia system, which also ushers in a new era for Mercedes me connectivity at the same time. As a result, it also comes standard in the A-Class Saloon. A unique feature of this system is its ability to learn thanks to artificial intelligence. MBUX - Mercedes-Benz User Experience is customisable and adapts to the user. It thus creates an emotional connection between vehicle, driver and passengers.

Its further strengths include, depending on the specification, the high-resolution Widescreen Cockpit with touchscreen operation of the media display, the navigation display with augmented reality technology plus intelligent voice control with natural speech recognition, which is activated with the keyword "Hey Mercedes". A head-up display is also available. The touchscreen is part of the comprehensive MBUX -Mercedes-Benz User Experience touch-control concept – a triad consisting of the touchscreen, touchpad on the centre console (optional) and touch controls on the steering wheel.

MBUX - Mercedes-Benz User Experience is a revolution of the user experience in the car. Emotively appealing showcasing features underline the comprehensibility of the control structure and thrill through brilliant 3-D maximum-resolution graphics which are rendered, i.e. calculated and displayed, in real time.

New and improved Mercedes me connect services are being launched with the new infotainment generation MBUX - Mercedes-Benz User Experience. These include the navigation functions based on Car-to-X Communication (information from vehicle to vehicle on events recorded by sensors, e.g. emergency braking, ESP® intervention, or a manual system message from the driver, e.g. about an accident) and Vehicle Tracking, which makes it easier to find the parked car, as well as a message if the parked car has been bumped or towed away.

The Mercedes me app collection can be placed as an icon on the screen in a user-friendly way and can be freely sorted on the homepage like all other main applications. In addition, online content such as current filling station prices or the availability of parking spaces in the multi-storey car park are displayed in MBUX - Mercedes-Benz User Experience as an option.
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Powertrain

Globally, from launch the A-Class will come with 6 engine options that range from diesel to various gasoline options and of course that new M20 cranking out 224 hp. Still, no facts on a possible hybrid or AMG model just yet. Transmission options are a 6-Speed Manual on the A 200 and a 7G-DCT dual-clutch transmission, the latter offered on every model. Top features include CAMTRONIC for the intake camshaft, low-friction cylinder walls and the particulate filter. 4MATIC all-wheel drive gets improvements for a more fluid experience with the dual-clutch transmission and rear axle differential.

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The engine portfolio of the A-Class Saloon is efficient and powerful, and completely fulfils the Euro 6d TEMP limits[1]. There are six engines available at launch, two of which are combined with 4MATIC all-wheel drive.

Innovations in the M 282 with a displacement of 1.33 litres and up to 120 kW include cylinder shutoff (in conjunction with the 7G-DCT transmission) and the delta shape of the cylinder head. The second new petrol engine is the M 260 with a displacement of 2.0 litres, 140 or 165 kW and 350 Nm. New features include CAMTRONIC for the intake camshaft. Both petrol engine series have low-friction cylinder walls and a particulate filter as standard. Also new is the four-cylinder diesel (OM 608) with a displacement of 1.5 litres, up to 85 kW and up to 260 Nm. Its highlights are a near-engine mounted emission control system with AdBlue® technology, a turbocharger with optimised response time and water intercooling. The fuel tank has a capacity of 43 litres as standard, with a 51-litre tank optionally available.

The engine line-up at launch:
  • A 200 (120 kW/163 hp, 250 Nm); with 6-speed manual transmission (fuel consumption combined 6.0-5.7 l/100 km, CO2 emissions combined 138-131 g/km)
  • A 200 (120 kW/163 hp, 250 Nm); with 7G-DCT dual-clutch transmission (fuel consumption combined 5.4-5.2 l/100 km, CO2 emissions combined 124-119 g/km)
  • A 220 4MATIC (140 kW/190 hp, 300 Nm); with 7G-DCT dual-clutch transmission (fuel consumption combined 6.7-6.5 l/100 km, CO2 emissions combined 153-149 g/km)
  • A 250 (165 kW/224 hp, 350 Nm); with 7G-DCT dual-clutch transmission (fuel consumption combined 6.3-6.1 l/100 km, CO2 emissions combined 143-139g/km)
  • A 250 4MATIC (165 kW/224 hp, 350 Nm); with 7G-DCT dual-clutch transmission (fuel consumption combined 6.7-6.5 l/100 km, CO2 emissions combined 153-149g/km)
  • A 180 d (85 kW/116 hp(, 260 Nm with 7G-DCT dual-clutch transmission (fuel consumption combined 4.3-4.1 l/100 km, CO2 emissions combined 113-107g/km)

4MATIC all-wheel drive: More driving pleasure, more efficiency

4MATIC components include the power take-off to the rear axle, which is integrated into the automated dual clutch transmission, and the rear axle differential with an integrated multiplate clutch. This is no longer electro-hydraulically powered, but instead electro-mechanically. The advantages of this control system are above all non-rpm-dependent operation across the entire actuation range, pilot control of the clutch while still stationary and higher efficiency thanks to the ball ramp concept.

Drive torque distribution between the front and rear axles is fully variable. Depending on the driving situation, 100% of the drive torque can be directed to the front axle (e.g. when driving straight ahead with no increased slip at the front axle), or in borderline cases up to 50% can be directed to the rear axle if the friction coefficient suddenly changes.

Using the DYNAMIC SELECT switch, the driver is able to influence the characteristics of 4MATIC even more than before. In the A-Class there are two characteristic curves available for clutch control.

[1] The stated figures were determined in accordance with the prescribed measuring method. These are the "NEDC CO2 figures" according to Art. 2 No. 1 Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1153. The fuel consumption figures were calculated based on these figures.
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Safety

A host of new driving assistance systems with features that have been trickled down from the flagship S-Class creates an even more unique driving experience. In the spotlight is its ability to drive semi-autonomously that analyzes data within a 500 meter perimeter. What these new system mean for drivers in simple terms is; route-based support in numerous situations, predictively adjust the speed, a braking system that mitigates the consequences of rear-end collisions, and more among the many (not as exciting but essential) passive safety systems.

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The A-Class has the very latest driving assistance systems with cooperative driver support, and thus provides the highest level of active safety in this segment with functions adopted from the S‑Class. For the first time, the A-Class is able to drive semi-autonomously in certain situations. To do this, it keeps a close eye on the traffic situation: improved camera and radar systems allow it to see up to 500 m ahead. The A-Class also uses map and navigation data for assistance functions.

For example, Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC as part of the Driving Assistance Package is able to provide route-based support to the driver in numerous situations, and to predictively and conveniently adjust the speed, e.g. when approaching bends, junctions or roundabouts. Also on board are e.g. Active Emergency Stop Assist and intuitively understandable Active Lane Change Assist .

The new A-Class comes with expanded Active Brake Assist as standard. Depending on the situation, it can effectively help to mitigate the consequences of rear-end collisions with slower-moving, stopping or stationary vehicles ahead, and even with crossing pedestrians and cyclists, or prevent them altogether.

Active Lane Keeping Assist (likewise standard) is able to warn the driver by means of pulsed vibrations in the steering wheel when the vehicle is unintentionally drifting out of its lane at speeds between 60 and 200 km/h. If the vehicle passes over a solid line, it can pull the vehicle back into lane by applying the brakes on one side. In the case of a dotted line, such intervention takes place only when there is a danger of collision with a vehicle in the adjacent lane (including danger from oncoming traffic).

PRE-SAFE® PLUS can recognise an imminent rear-end collision. If the danger of a collision persists, the system can also firmly apply the brakes of the stationary vehicle, thus minimising the risk of injuries by reducing the forward jolt caused by an impact from the rear.

Passive safety: highly stable passenger compartment and modern restraint systems

The new A-Class is also the first Mercedes-Benz model to have been developed at the new Technology Centre for Vehicle Safety (TFS). The design of the vehicle structures incorporates findings from research into real accidents. Every single body shell component was developed according to the loads and stresses encountered, with respect to geometry, material thickness, joining technology and material quality (increased proportion of high-strength and ultra-high-strength sheet steel).

The centrepiece of the body's safety concept is the highly rigid passenger compartment. Its great rigidity when subjected to accident-induced stress e.g. in frontal, lateral or rear-end collisions and roll-overs is above all due to the greater use of high-strength, ultra-high-strength and press-hardened sheet steel.

Driver and front passenger each have a three-point seat belt with belt force limiter and belt tensioner. In conjunction with the PRE-SAFE® system (optional equipment), the front seats are equipped with reversible belt reel tensioners. Both of the outer rear seats are fitted with a seat belt with reel tensioner and belt force limiter. The new A-Class is equipped with driver and front passenger airbags, a driver's knee airbag and window airbags as standard. Unlike in many competing models, the window airbag also covers the A-pillar for more complete passenger protection. Thorax-pelvis side airbags are likewise standard in the front, and available as optional equipment for the rear.
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Having spent time in the new S-Class and then seeing a similar take on design in an entry-level product such as this (even at a premium) it still amazes me what MB can include.
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