Indian Autos Blog has learnt that Mercedes-Benz India has configured the A Class with a 1.6-liter petrol engine capable of producing 122PS of power and 200Nm of torque, and a 2.2L diesel engine putting out 110PS of power and 250Nm of torque.
The car launches into the market on the 30th of May, while Mercedes would continue holding launch parties until then in important cities.
Both variants will be the A180, either having the 'CDI' or the 'Sport' badge depending on the engine type.
The 2.2L diesel engine borrowed from the C Class, and also used on the E Class, is tuned to return a fuel economy of 20kpl in the ARAI certification process. Mercedes offers the high capacity engine in select global markets as the A220 CDI variant, according to Wikipedia, though this variant doesn't show up in a Google search.
This diesel engine is also assembled in India for Mercedes Benz cars by Force Motors in Pune.
The A Class is the smallest Mercedes Benz in the current range. It measures 4.29m long and weighs not more than 1.4 tonnes. Its aerodynamic drag coefficient stands at 0.27.
In another development, Mercedes Benz conducted a private launch party for prospects and existing customers at the Transcar dealership in Chennai on Saturday.
The car presented at the event was the A180 with a diesel engine (A180 CDI).
Through a preliminary brochure, Mercedes Benz discloses the features that the A Class will come fitted with.
Mercedes A Class features for Indian market
- Attention Assist
- Hill Start Assist
- Brake Assist System
- Bi-Xenon headlamps
- A total of seven airbags, ABS and ESP
- Acceleration skid control (ASC)
- Adaptive Brake Lights
- Electronic parking brake
- Tyre pressure loss warning system
- Start-Stop system
- Paddle shifters
- 14.7cm display with TFT technology
- Audio player can read WMA, MP3 and ACC formats.
- Songs can be streamed using Bluetooth, AUX-in and USB, through a six-speaker sound system.
- Panoramic sunroof
[With features like a seven-speed dual clutch gearbox, paddle shifters and well-bostered seats, driving experience may also be fun]
There's no word on the pricing but there's a feeling among prospective buyers and fans today that Mercedes may not price this car under 25 lakh rupees in India.