2016 Mercedes A-Class Facelift Prices (ex-showroom, Mumbai) –
1. A180 – Rs. Rs. 24,95,000/-
2. A200d – Rs. 25,95,000/-
The A-Class arrived in India in 2013 and boy was it a looker with its small dimensions and that absolutely beautiful diamond grille that kept us star struck. Two years and quite a few on the roads later, Mercedes-Benz has launched the 2016 A-Class facelift in India with a host of upgrades priced at Rs. 24.95 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the A180. The new A-Class is also the automaker’s last launch for the year and completes the 15 in ’15 launch strategy that saw some very interesting products come to India this year.
Talking about the youngest Mercedes on sale, the 2016 A-Class facelift gets subtly reworked exterior featuring a new bumper with revised air intakes and the new sleek pair of headlamps with optional LED DRLs. The character lines are sharper now but retain the overall shape from the current version. At the rear, summing up the list of changes are the new LED tail lamps and new exhausts integrated into the bumper.
Things change for the better inside the cabin as the 2016 Mercedes A-Class facelift gets new colours, upholstery and equipment to offer. The luxury hatchback is now available in a beige and black interior option in the Exclusive package and gets a number of feature upgrades including the new 8-inch touchscreen system that provides access to the COMAND infotainment and even gets first in the segment smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink.
Talking about matters of the heart, the baby Merc continues with the existing engine options even though the A-Class facelift received new engines to the lineup when it went on sale internationally earlier this year. Available in two variants, the A-Class A180 draws power from a 1.6-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine that pushes out 122 PS of power and 200 Nm of torque. The A200d uses a 2.1-litre diesel producing 136 PS and 300 Nm of torque. Both engines come paired to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and get multiple driving modes on offer.
The 2016 Mercedes A-Class facelift helps keep the competition as compatriot BMW has already introduced the facelifted 1-Series that gets significant improvements. There is also the stellar looking Volvo V40 in the segment and gives the baby Merc some tough competition in terms of looks and performance. The A-Class will also continue to come as a CBU in India, even though most of its other MFA based models are now being locally assembled. With the year drawn to a close, we can hardly wait for the new year to arrive.