The revised 2016 Mercedes-Benz A-Class range will see a boost to its standard equipment list when the updated model launches in January next year.
Mercedes-Benz Australia is promising that any change in pricing “will not be significant”, although the brand will add plenty of kit to its smallest model offering in the local market for its competitor to the Audi A3, BMW 1 Series, and Lexus CT200h.
Full specifications and pricing for the 2016 model A-Class are yet to be confirmed – the current range starts at $35,900 plus on-road costs for the A180 base model and ranges through to $75,700 plus on-road costs for the flagship A45 – but what we do know is that the line-up will be offered with satellite navigation as standard for the first time.
All models will be fitted with the Garmin Map Pilot system, which is paired to a new – larger – 8.0-inch media display screen. The old version was a 5.8-inch unit. A reverse-view camera and front and rear parking sensors will also be standard-fit items.
Further standard equipment inclusions will consist of blind spot assistance and Benz’s collision prevention assistance system with partial autonomous emergency braking that is said to reduce the risk of rear-end collisions. On top of that, keyless start will also be fitted.
The model line-up is set to remain relatively similar, with the entry-level model being the four-cylinder, 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol A180 (with 90kW/200Nm), which will be followed by the powered-up A200 petrol 1.6-litre four-cylinder (115kW/250Nm) and the renamed A200d with its 2.1-litre turbo diesel four-cylinder (100kW/300Nm).
All models see fuel consumption and acceleration improvements due to a new drive select system with a launch control function and eco mode. Read more about that here.
The most affordable of the go-fast A-Class models, the A250 Sport, is now sold with 4Matic four-wheel drive as standard. It was previously front-drive only, and as with all models in the A-Class line-up, it will be sold with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic (although there is a six-speed manual option available, but Benz’s local arm doesn’t see much demand for that drivetrain).
Its 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine is now pushing out 160kW of power (was 155kW) and 350Nm of torque.
That model sees the addition of AMG ride control suspension with adaptive dampers, which will also be offered as an option on the A200 and A200d models.
The flagship Mercedes-AMG A45 has been upgraded with plenty more power – its 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol drivetrain now produces a world-beating 280kW and 475Nm, making it the most powerful production four-pot.
It also gets the AMG ride control suspension, and its drive mode selection settings – which adapt engine response, gearbox timing, steering weight and damper stiffness – now includes a Race mode. Further, A45 models can be specified with a front axle differential lock and tyre pressure monitoring.
Mercedes-Benz Australia has announced it will offer the A250 Sport 4Matic Motorsport Edition (pictured above) in Australia, though specific numbers are yet to be confirmed.
That specification includes “a new visual package that incorporates Petronas green highlights throughout, from the Neon Art design on the seat upholstery and stitching to the dramatic AMG alloy wheels with Petronas green flange detailing”.
Stay tuned for our review of the updated Mercedes-Benz A-Class, coming soon.