Before its market launch on the 30th of May, Mercedes-Benz India is previewing the new A Class to select customers at dealer showrooms. The first private launch party was held yesterday at Shaman Wheels, dealers for the three-pointed star in Mumbai.
Our reader Manzoor Shaikh spotted this vehicle on the back of a flatbed truck last week in Mumbai. The model in question is the A180 variant with special design touches such as the 'Diamond' radiator grille and 'AMG 5-twin spoke' alloy wheels. The car sports a 'Polar silver metallic' paintwork.
It is learned that the A180 will launch with petrol and diesel engines, paired to a 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission. The ARAI fuel efficiency rating for the diesel engine is about 20kpl.
Mercedes Benz has not shared the technical specifications of the product as the launch is still sometime away. Internationally, the A180 variant employs the 1.5-liter Renault K9K engine, which is widely popular in India in the B and C segments. Mercedes may also use the in-house developed 1.8-liter diesel engine which motors higher variants.
Even though it is an entry-level car, the A Class bears heavy equipment. It sports Bi-xenon headlamps, a total of 7 airbags, ESP, adaptive brake lights, attention assist, hill start assist and tyre pressure loss warning.
We expect the A Class to be priced at 22 lakh rupees, ex-showroom New Delhi.
[Images are sourced from Team-BHP.com]