2019 Mercedes-Benz A 200 sedan
2019 Mercedes-Benz A 200 sedan

THE sixth member of the Mercedes-Benz compact car family has arrived in Australia with the introduction of the first variants of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class sedan range, starting with the A 200 model.

Its launch will be quickly followed by the range-opening A 180, with both offering a longer and higher option than the new-generation A-Class hatch, which launched in Australia in 2018, and a 60-litre boot space increase to 430 litres.

The exterior design and overall proportions of the new A-Class sedan also break new ground in aerodynamic efficiency – a drag coefficient of 0.22 is the lowest ever measured for a passenger vehicle, setting a new world benchmark.

The new A 180, which arrives in August, is fitted with a 1.3-litre turbo 4-cylinder petrol engine (100kW/200Nm), mated to a 7-speed auto transmission. Combined fuel consumption is 5.7-litres/100km.

It will hit the market at $44,900 plus on-roads, and comes loaded with the full MBUX multimedia system, featuring the same style of widescreen cockpit used in the A-Class hatch, utilising side-by-side 10.25-inch digital screens.

NTG6 MB navigation is standard and can be programmed via the central touchscreen, the new-generation touch-pad between the front seats, using ‘Hey Mercedes’ voice control, or via the Mercedes me Connect app.

Safety features include active parking, brake and lane keep assist, traffic sign assist, blind spot assist with exit warning, front and rear parking sensors, reversing camera, electronically folding exterior mirrors, and the PRE-SAFE accident anticipatory system.

Other key features include DAB+ digital radio, SatNav, a nine-speaker audio system with 225-watt output, 17-inch alloy wheels, comfort seats in ARTICO upholstery, climate control and smartphone integration.

There’s also a new-generation sports steering wheel with touch controllers and shift paddles, Dynamic Select driving modes,j key-less start, and the addition of the Style equipment line, which features a distinctive ‘diamond’ radiator grille.

The A 200 sedan, which is available now, also utilises the same engine and gearbox, but with increased outputs of 120kW and 250Nm. It also gets 18-inch alloy wheels, the Progressive exterior and interior styling package, and a two-pipe chrome-tipped exhaust system.

Additionally, it adds a four-way electro-pneumatic lumbar support for the driver’s seat, a folding rear armrest, adaptive high beam assist, and wireless charging for eligible smartphones. It is priced at $49,400 plus on-roads.

Later this year, the A 250 Sedan and Mercedes-AMG A 35 Sedan will join the line-up.

Larger and more practical inside than its predecessor, the new B-Class range will consist of a single model in Australia – the B 180 Sports Tourer, with the new model taking a number of design cues from the acclaimed A-Class.

Complete with an updated design and more technology, the the B 180 offers more passenger and loading space, a taller seating position and increased visibility in all directions thanks to its low belt line and deep glasshouse.

The new B-Class offers the same engine and gearbox package as the A-Class sedans, with the same fuel consumption figures.

Safety tech includes active park assist, lane keep assist, brake assist, traffic sign assist, blind spot assist with an exit warning, front and rear parking sensors, reversing camera, electronically folding exterior mirrors, and the PRE-SAFE accident anticipatory system.

Other key features include DAB+ digital radio, SatNav, a nine-speaker audio system with 225-watt output, 17-inch alloy wheels, comfort seats in ARTICO upholstery, climate control and smartphone integration.

There’s also a new-generation sports steering wheel with touch controllers and shift paddles, and Dynamic Select driving modes. The new Mercedes-Benz B 180 Sports Tourer is priced at $46,400 plus on roads. It’s available now.

2019 Mercedes-Benz B 180 Sports Tourer
2019 Mercedes-Benz B 180 Sports Tourer

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