In the interests of safety, many business users of cars prefer a sedan with a locking luggage space that completely hides the contents – and Mercedes-Benz has now expanded the A-Class range to include the 200 and 250 sedan versions.
The A-Class Sedan has dynamic proportions, with short overhangs at both the front and rear, however still manages good rear headroom space. The new A-Class Sedan also features the new MBUX – Mercedes-Benz User Experience multimedia system, which ushers in a new era for Mercedes me connectivity.
With a Cd value of 0,22 and a frontal area of 2,19 m², the new A-Class Sedan has the lowest aerodynamic drag of all production vehicles worldwide.
“The 2019 COTY winning A-Class Hatch continues to grow from strength to strength. The A-Class Hatch, launched late in 2018 has been joined in 2019 by the new B-Class, the new CLA and now the new A-Class Sedan,” says Selvin Govender, Marketing Director for Mercedes-Benz Cars South Africa. “The introduction of the A-Class Sedan enables the brand an opportunity to target different audience segments“.
The A-Class Sedan offers above-average shoulder, elbow and headroom plus the easy access to the rear. It is at the top of its segment with regard to rear headroom (944 mm). The boot holds 420 litres and is designed for practical usability. The boot opening is large with a width of 950 mm and a diagonal of 462 mm between lock and lower edge of the rear window. This allows comfortable loading and unloading of larger luggage items.
The new A-Class Sedan takes advantage of the favourable conditions provided by its long rear-end and minimised frontal area produce the good aerodynamic properties that are crucial in delivering low fuel consumption figures in real-life conditions.
Design measures include an extensive sealing concept (with sealing of the headlamp surroundings) as well as the nearly complete panelling of the underbody, which comprises the engine bay, the main floorpan, parts of the rear axle, the diffuser and other components.
The front and rear wheel spoilers were optimised specifically to route the air around the wheels as efficiently as possible. The rims and tyres also underwent aerodynamic fine-tuning.
Thanks to a range of wheels (17-inch to 19-inch wheels available), pronounced wheel arches, and slimline headlamps, the A-Class Sedan has a sporty stance on the road.
Inside, the centerpiece is a dashboard that dispenses with the traditional cowl to deliver a continuous surface from driver to passenger windows while the media display floats freely above. The air vents in a sporty turbine look are another highlight.
The ambient lighting enhances this effect, accentuating the free-floating impression of the substructure. The 64 colours of the optional ambient lighting make five times as many colours available than before.
The fully free-standing cockpit is available in two versions: standard with two 7-inch displays (17.78 cm) or Optional with two 10,25-inch displays.
One can access the multimedia system in a variety of ways: Touchpad, Touchscreen, Touch Control buttons on the steering wheel — or even through Voice Control using every day, conversational language, which is activated with the keyword ‘Hey Mercedes’. All the while, artificial intelligence learns about driving habits and preferences over time, ensuring that the A-Class Sedan more and more suits your style every time you take the wheel.
For the first time, the A-Class is able to drive semi-autonomously in certain situations. To do this, it keeps a close eye on the traffic situation: improved camera and radar systems allow it to see up to 500 metres ahead.
The A-Class also uses map and navigation data for assistance functions. For example, Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC as part of the Driving Assistance Package is able to provide route-based support to the driver in numerous situations, and to predictively and conveniently adjust the speed, such as when approaching bends, junctions or roundabouts.
The new A-Class comes with expanded Active Brake Assist as standard. Depending on the situation, it can effectively help to mitigate the consequences of rear-end collisions with slower-moving, stopping or stationary vehicles ahead, and even with crossing pedestrians and cyclists, or prevent them altogether.
Active Lane Keeping Assist is able to warn the driver by means of pulsed vibrations in the steering wheel when the vehicle is unintentionally drifting out of its lane at speeds between 60 km/h and 200 km/h.
PRE-SAFE PLUS can recognise an imminent rear-end collision. If the danger of a collision persists, the system can also firmly apply the brakes of the stationary vehicle, thus minimising the risk of injuries by reducing the forward jolt caused by an impact from the rear.
The A‑Class Sedan is available in two variants – the A 200 and the A 250 Sport, with the diesel model expected in South Africa in 2020. Both models benefit from new engines. The A 200 with the M282 engine is powered by a 1,33-litre unit, which generates 120 kW and 250 Nm of torque with a 7G‑DCT dual-clutch transmission.
The M260 2,0-litre engine of the A 250 Sport generates 165 kW and 350 Nm, and is available with the 7G-DCT dual-clutch transmission. New features for both engines include CAMTRONIC for the intake camshaft, and particulate filter as standard.
There is a choice of suspension systems for the A-Class, depending on engine variant and driver preference.
The suspension with adjustable damping offers this exciting spectrum. The DYNAMIC SELECT rocker in the centre console selects the program and characteristics: ‘Eco’, ‘Comfort’ or ‘Sport’.
Technical data at a glance
|Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan 200||Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan 250 Sport|
|Peak torque (Nm)||250||350|
|Fuel consumption –
|CO2 emissions – combined (g/km)||124-119||153-148|
|Retail price (ZAR)||R533 400||R604 800|