The new Mercedes-Benz A-Class limousine is officially launched in Malaysia. And although this is more of a compact sedan, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia terms it a ‘limousine’ in line with its classification of its three-box sedan collection.
Codenamed the V177 (W177 for the hatchback), this is the fourth generation A-Class. This fully imported sedan is available in two variants – A200 Progressive Line (RM229,888) and A250 AMG Line (RM267,888 estimated). Included is a four-year unlimited mileage warranty. These prices are close to that of the hatchback variants which are targeted at a different customer segment.
“A first for Mercedes-Benz, the combination of a limousine paired with the progressive, cutting-edge design of a compact car. It embodies the next step on the revolutionary journey into the digital future of the automobile world,” said Mark Raine, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia.
The new Mercedes-Benz A-Class limousine claims to offer better utility with above-average shoulder, elbow and headroom plus easy access to the rear. It is at the top of its segment in terms of rear headroom (944 mm) and has a practical boot volume of 420 litres. The boot opening measures 950 mm wide and 462 mm diagonally between lock and lower edge of the rear window, which allows for comfortable loading and unloading, and large items.
The car also boasts a Cd of 0.22, the lowest aerodynamic drag of all production cars, equaling the original world record set by the CLA Coupé. In comparison the A-Class hatchback has a Cd of 0.25 due to the nature of its shape.
The exterior design has the same Sensual Purity language seen in the new CLS and A-Class hatchback. But in designing the A-Class sedan, Mercedes-Benz had altered the design of the tail lights to fit with the new curves, as well as changing the light guides within to pay homage to the previous hatchback’s. LED high performance headlamps with adaptive high-beam assist come standard for both variants.
Like the A-Class hatchback, the sedan also has a high-resolution digital widescreen cockpit in lieu of the traditional cowled instrument cluster and separate infotainment display. The widescreen display is a combination of two 10.25″ displays, one for the instruments, the other a touchscreen for media. The ambient lighting can be adapted according to several moods. The sporty turbine air vents are another highlight of the new design.
A200 Progressive Line
The A200 Progressive Line sports a 1.3-litre turbocharged engine with 163 hp and 250 Nm that goes to the front wheels via a 7G-DCT dual clutch transmission. It sits on 18″ 5-twin-spoke light alloys on lowered comfort suspension. It also comes with the direct-steer system that provides variable ratios and reduced steering wheel travel for more precise steering.
Other features include:
- ARTICO leather
- Comfort seats
- Adjustable front seats with memory function
- 4-way lumbar support
- Black open-pore linden wood trim
- Leather multi-function sports steering wheel
- THERMATIC climate control
- Rear armrest
- Auto dimming interior and driver’s side exterior mirror
- Reversing camera
- Active Parking Assist with PARKTRONIC
- Active Brake Assist
- Tyre pressure monitoring system
- Run-flat tyres
- Cruise control
A250 AMG Line
The A250 AMG Line is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine producing 224 hp and 350 Nm that also goes to the 18″ front wheels via the same dual clutch transmission. Direct-steer, lowered comfort suspension and DYNAMIC SELECT are also found here like in the A200.
The exterior and interior are dressed in the AMG Line theme and also includes the following, in addition to / in place of what’s in the A200:
- ARTICO leather / DINAMICA microfibre in black
- Light longitudinal-grain aluminium trim
- Multi-function sports steering wheel in nappa leather
- Sports seats
- Adjustable front seats with memory function and heating
Another highlight of the new A-Class is the completely new MBUX – Mercedes-Benz User Experience multimedia system that features a learning artificial intelligence. The system is also compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Standard features include the MBUX infotainment system with touchscreen, and driving assistance systems of the latest generation such as Active Brake Assist and Active Lane Keeping Assist. The improved camera and radar systems allow the car to monitor traffic up to 500 metres ahead for semi-autonomous driving. The A-Class also uses map and navigation data for assistance functions.
The new A-Class is available with financing and insurance solutions from Mercedes-Benz Financial which has tailored packages that suit various needs.*
*Terms and conditions apply. Mercedes-Benz Financial – A Daimler Financial Services Brand. The financial services provided by Mercedes-Benz Services Malaysia Sdn Bhd are regulated by the provisions of the Financial Services Act 2013. Mercedes-Benz Services Malaysia’s operations are not within the regulatory purview of Bank Negara Malaysia.