THE arrival of the new Mercedes-Benz A 180 model for just $42,300 (plus on-roads) in February 2019 signals a new starting point for the A-Class range, which will be further beefed up with the addition of two new variants for the popular A 250 range.
The A 180 hatch will be packed with value and refinement, featuring the ground- breaking new MBUX multimedia system that is standard across the Mercedes-Benz A-Class range destined for Australia.
This includes two fully-digital 10.25-inch screens and the intuitive ‘Hey Mercedes’ interface that not only recognises and enacts countless common commands, it also has the ability to learn the habits and preferences of its driver and prompt them with helpful suggestions.
The central display screen responds to touch, and there is also a touch pad in the centre console as well as the latest-generation Mercedes-Benz steering wheel equipped with buttons that respond to smartphone-style swipes and presses.
These features, along with advanced voice recognition, enable the driver to choose the most convenient method of interacting with the MBUX system and many other standard infotainment, comfort and driving features.
A comprehensive range of active safety and security features are also equipped as standard, including Active Lane Keep Assist, Active Parking Assist, Blind Spot Assist with exit warning, Active Brake Assist, Traffic Sign Assist, a reversing camera and LED headlights.
Convenience and comfort features include satellite navigation, DAB+ digital radio, smartphone integration, key less start, and sports seats in ARTICO upholstery.
Style wise, the A 180 sports the Style Equipment Line with its distinctive diamond radiator grille complementing the predator face styling. The 17-inch, 5 twin-spoke alloy wheels complete the fetching external appearance.
The standard 17-inch wheel is available for order now with production from June 2019. Vehicles available for sale prior to June 2019 production will have an optional 18-inch wheel at an additional cost.
A 1.3-litre turbocharged engine mated to a 7G-DCT seven-speed dual-clutch automatic makes 100 kW of power and 200 Nm of torque, with a combined fuel consumption figure of 5.7-litres/100km.
For comparative purposes, the A 200 model on sale now for $47,200 (plus on-roads) adds 18- inch alloy wheels, Progressive Equipment Line, wireless charging, Adaptive High Beam Assist, and 120kW / 250Nm from the same engine-transmission combination.
The A 250 family will also expand with two new models, including a front-wheel-drive version of the A 250 4MATIC ’Limited Edition’ which will share the same generous equipment and technical specification.
It’s joined by the A 250 4MATIC with AMG Line, which will include standard equipment such as 18-inch AMG bi-colour alloy wheels, AMG Line body styling, Night Package with window tint, Keyless-Go, a panoramic sunroof, ambient lighting and upholstery in ARTICO/DINAMICA.