With the A-Class the big shift is movement of luxury to the affordable end. Affordable not yet for the masses but for the indulgent Indian car buyer with deep pockets. That the A-Class is unlike any staid looking Mercedes Benz car is an understatement.
Mercedes Benz new hatchback for the indulgent Indian is a car which has been designed to turn heads and also change perception of 3-pointed star marquee from all the fun being in the rear seat to it now being shifted to the driver seat. The desire is to take the battle straight to the space which currently is owned by BMW''''''''''''''''s and Audi''''''''''''''''s. The desire is also to appeal to a far younger upwardly mobile Indian car buyer. And we believe that A-Class through its design and improved driveability is making no bones about releasing this ambition of their in a fast forward way through the A-Class.
The 180 CDi Style transversely mounted front wheel drive turbo charged diesel engine delivers 108 BHP of peak power over an RPM range of 3200 to 40000 with a matching torque of 255 NM starting as low as 1400 Rpm and delivering the peak torque till 2800 Rpm. A-Class engine is mated to 7-Speed Dual Clutch automatic transmission, with gear selector being on the steering column. A-Class engine delivers seamless and smoother power with easy shifting gears that makes it a great city car. The car does a 0-100Kph dash in 11.29 secs and boasts of a city mileage figures of 11Kmpl.
With dimensions that would do proud even a sedan, the A-Class hatchback is not small by any stretch of imagination, as a matter of fact with L/W/D of 4324/1765/1421 mm, the A-Class boasts of dimensions equal to that of a Ford Fiesta. Rear Aircons with a rear seat capable of taking 3 at a stretch, bolstered seats makes the car worth considering if one has upwards of 20 lacs INR to spend on a hatch.
All-in-all, there is no denying that with the A-Class Mrecedes-Benz seems to have set their eyes on a younger deep pocketed Indian car buyers, which if initial sales numbers are any indication seems to be moving as per plan.
Better quality plastics, richly textured dash, soft-touch leather, glossy black plastics with brushed aluminum finish makes the cars cabin the best place to be in.