From Spring 2008, the completely upgraded models will arrive in showrooms nationwide with a host of new features, including Active Parking Assist and the new NTG 2.5 Telematics platform.
The new A-class range features both five and three-door models which it labels deceptively with Saloon and Coupe designations, boasting a completely new look designed to distinguish the new model from its controversial predecessor.
Likewise, the new B-class models sport an equally evolutionary styling enhancement, stemming from the new look bumper design which emphasises the large air intake at the bottom, as well as the modified bonnet.
Both the new-generation A- and B-Class boast an unprecedented level of the latest technology from Mercedes as part of the Metro package.
This package includes an Active Parking Assist system which identifies suitable parallel parking spaces on both sides of the road in passing through the use of side-mounted ultrasonic sensors.
Once the system recognises a suitable spot, and arrow appears on the dash to inform the driver which side of the road the spot is located.
When reverse is selected, after a prompt from the driver the system automatically takes over the steering and manoeuvres the car into the parking space, leaving the driver to simply operate the brake and accelerator accordingly.
Another major new technology making its A- and B-Class debut is the new NTG 2.5 Telematics platform which incorporates Audio 20 AM/FM radio with integrated CD player and MP3, WMA, AAC and Bluetooth hands free compatibility as standard.
Mercedes-Benz B-Class Pricing and Specifications
|B 180 CDI||80 kW||250 Nm||5.8L/100km||$46,200|
|B 200||100 kW||185 Nm||7.4L/100km||$46,200|
|B 200 Turbo||142 kW||280 Nm||8.1L/100km||$52,80|
Mercedes-Benz A-Class Pricing and Specifications
|A 170 Coupé||85 kW||155 Nm||6.9L/100km||$35,500|
|A 200 Coupé||100 kW||185 Nm||7.4L/100km||$45,900|
|A 200 Turbo Coupé||142 kW||280 Nm||8.1L/100km||$49,500|
|A 170 Saloon||85 kW||155 Nm||6.9L/100km||$37,900|
|A 180 CDI Saloon||80 kW||250 Nm||5.2L/100km||$39,900|
|A 200 Saloon||100 kW||185 Nm||7.4L/100km||$47,900|