Mercedes-Benz has introduced the new-generation of its entry-level A-Class range into Australia which features a completely revised design, improved safety, comfort and economy.
The revised 2008 range also includes the A 180 CDI model – marking the first time the A-Class has been offered locally with a turbo-diesel engine.
The new model is defined by its redesigned headlamps, grille and front bumper which incorporates a much larger lower air intake.
The interior boasts high-grade upholstery fabrics and door linings with the Elegance line featuring leather seats while the Avantgarde models are upholstered in a combination of ARTICO man-made leather and fabric, which is available in three colours.
These two models lines can also be differentiated through the use on smoke-grey brushed aluminium accents in the Elegance range while the Avantgarde uses wood trim.
The new A 180 CDI is powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine that produces 80kW of power and 250Nm, paired with the standard-fitment six-speed manual transmission.
Completing the 0-100km/h sprint in an acceptable 10.8 seconds, is consumes just 5.2-litres of diesel per 100kms.
Standard equipment across all models includes THERMATIC climate control, multi-function steering wheel and display, AUDIO 20 sound system, and a split-fold rear bench seat along with ESP, ABS, Brake Assist, Acceleration Skid Control (ASR), eight full-size airbags and a full-sized spare wheel.
The A-Class also features the same new technologies introduced into its sibling B-Class range with the flashing emergency brake lights and active parking assist system.
Like all 2009 model Mercedes models, the A-Class features the latest generation infotainment system with a choice of two head units: Audio 20, and the optional COMAND APS.
The Mercedes-Benz A-Class range
|A 170||1.7l, 4-cyl, petrol||85kW||155Nm||5-speed MAN||6.9l/100km||$35,500|
|A 200||2.0l, 4-cyl, petrol||100kW||185Nm||CVT||7.4l/100km||$45,900|
|A 200 Turbo||2.0l, 4-cyl, petrol, turbo||142kW||280Nm||CVT||8.1l/100km||$49,500|
|A 170||1.7l, 4-cyl, petrol||85kW||155Nm||5-speed MAN||6.9l/100km||$37,900|
|A 180 CDI||2.0-l, 4-cyl, diesel, turbo||80kW||250Nm||6-speed MAN||5.2l/100km||$39,900|
|A 200||2.0l, 4-cyl, petrol||100kW||185Nm||CVT||7.4l/100km||$47,900|