The A-Class has played a monumental role in lifting Mercedes-Benz to the top of the premium carmaker ranks in Malaysia last year and the marque will be counting on the facelifted model to increase its appeal to buyers here.
Four variants of the A-Class are now available here; an entry-level A180 Urban Line now represents the most affordable variant with the familiar A200 AMG Line and A250 Sport positioned above it while the monstrous A45 AMG sits atop the A-Class throne.
“Today, we’ve made a great car even better. The new A-Class was a radical departure from the preceding series. With the newly-introduced innovations and added features, the A-Class will now meet and exceed the wishes and expectations of our many loyal fans as well as our new customers,” said Mark Raine, vice president, sales and marketing at Mercedes-Benz Malaysia.
The A180 is priced at RM195,888 and is powered by a detuned version of the 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder from the A200, putting out 122hp and 200Nm of torque to the front wheels via the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Some of the equipment standard with the variant includes a Comfort suspension, LED headlamps with Adaptive Highbeam Assist and the Night Package that sees the pins on the diamond radiator grille, wing mirrors and belt line painted gloss black.
Inside, the seats are wrapped in fabric with leather sides and eight-inch media display screen is standard as well.
Moving up to the A200 AMG Line, priced at RM205,888, sees it powered by the same 1.6-litre turbocharged inline-four but in a higher state of tune with 156hp and 250Nm of torque channelled through the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
The AMG Line trim adds sportier bumpers and side skirts as well as 18-inch AMG alloy wheels with a ride that is now 15mm lower courtesy of the sports suspension that stiffens the ride a little.
Step inside and the AMG theme continues with a flat-bottom steering wheel, AMG Line sports seats wrapped in Alcantara and leather with red stitching.
The RM238,888 A250 Sport packs a larger 2.0-litre turbocharged inline-four under its hood, producing 211hp and 350Nm of torque, mated to the same seven-speed dual-clutch box. Setting it apart from its A200 sibling are subtle red stripes on the bumpers.
It rides on 18-inch AMG wheels but hidden behind them is the AMG-tuned suspension that is stiffer than the sport suspension on the A200 and sits 15mm lower as well.
The interior remains largely similar to the A200, save for the red highlights and seatbelts.
Last but not least, the A45 AMG 4Matic has the power output of its 2.0-litre turbocharged inline-four raised to 381hp and 475Nm of torque while its gear ratios, aerodynamics and new Dynamic Select driving modes raise overall performance.
The AMG Ride Control suspension features adaptive damping and sit behind the 19-inch AMG wheels. Other AMG pieces comprise the Performance Exhaust System, Night Package, Sports Seats, Performance Steering Wheel and E-Select Shifter as well as Red Designo seatbelts.
To call the range-topping A-Class your own will cost you RM348,888.
Safety features for all variants include seven airbags and the usual electronic nannies. The Collision Prevention Assist gets an update with autonomous partial braking introduced.