The family of compact cars from Mercedes-Benz continues to grow with the launch of the A-Class Sedan. A four-door sedan car that is based on the hugely popular A-Class hatchback that was first introduced in 2013, and more recently awarded Car of the Year in South Africa in 2019. The A-Class Sedan has dynamic proportions, with short overhangs at both the front and rear, however, still manages to top the segment with regards to rear headroom space. The A-Class Sedan range is equipped with modern and efficient engines, and also incorporates high levels of safety thanks to state-of-the-art driving assistance systems taken directly from the flagship S-Class range. The new A-Class Sedan also features the new MBUX – Mercedes-Benz User Experience multimedia system, which ushers in a new era for Mercedes me connectivity. With a Cd value of 0.22 and a frontal area of 2.19 m², the new A-Class Sedan has the lowest aerodynamic drag of all production vehicles worldwide.
Good aerodynamic properties are crucial in delivering low fuel consumption figures in real-life conditions. The measures include an extensive sealing concept. The front and rear wheel spoilers were optimised specifically to route the air around the wheels as efficiently as possible. The rims and tyres also underwent aerodynamic fine-tuning. Depending on the market, an optional two-part shutter system behind the radiator grille is available, which minimises the airflow through the engine bay.
The designers at Mercedes-Benz are reconciling tradition and modernity in designing the cars for the future. Their work centres on ‘Sensual Purity’ as an expression of modern luxury. The new design idiom featuring reduced edges and creases – indentations and recesses in the sheet metal – aims to create clear forms and sensual surfaces which showcase high tech while also arousing emotions. With its puristic design emphasising surfaces, the A-Class Sedan is a seamless fit with the design idiom of Sensual Purity. A long, low hood, pronounced shoulders, bold contours and assertive stance bring sheer excitement to the segment.
Individualisation both on the outside and in the inside leaves nothing to be desired with the Progressive and AMG Line. Additional options such as the Night package or the Leather package with exclusive colour combinations make the vehicle even more attractive.
No less exciting is the car’s interior with an impressive amount of space and stunning modern design. The centrepiece is a dashboard that dispenses with the traditional cowl to deliver a continuous surface from driver to passenger windows while the media display floats freely above. The air vents in a sporty turbine look are another highlight.
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.
The A-Class Sedan is available in two variants – the A 200 and the A 250 Sport, with the diesel model expected in South Africa in 2020. Both models benefit from new engines. The A 200 with the M282 engine is powered by a 1.33-litre unit, which generates 120 kW and 250 Nm of torque with a 7G‑DCT dual-clutch transmission. The M260 2.0 litre engine of the A 250 Sport generates 165 kW and 350 Nm, and is available with the 7G-DCT dual-clutch transmission. New features for both engines include CAMTRONIC for the intake camshaft, and particulate filter as standard.
The modern diesel and petrol engines also set standards in terms of performance, efficiency and emission control. SCR catalytic converters or petrol particulate filters are part of standard equipment. The model-specific cylinder shut-off is a further expression of the high technological standards.
There is a choice of suspension systems for the A-Class, depending on engine variant and driver preference. The suspension with adjustable damping offers this exciting spectrum. The DYNAMIC SELECT rocker in the centre console selects the program and characteristics: ‘Eco’, ‘Comfort’ or ‘Sport’. As though you had two suspensions in one car, refined sportiness.
The AMG suspension is systematically tuned for high cornering speeds with a low tendency to roll. As a result the dynamic potential of your vehicle can take full effect. For you this means more driving pleasure.
The comfort suspension offers a dynamic overall package. It brings even better road holding. The suspension has been lowered by 15 millimetres and works with specially tuned springs and dampers: it has a much sportier configuration than the standard suspension.