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Facelifted Mercedes A-Class Sedan Breaks Cover With Electrified Powertrains


The sedan has received feature updates such as a fingerprint scanner and better driver assistance tech

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  • It has a slightly reworked front end with new headlights, grille and air dam. 

  • The A 200 variant’s petrol engine now has a mild-hybrid system with a 10PS e-motor. 

  • AMG A45 S hatchback also gets updated aesthetics and features. 

  • The new A-Class sedan should make it to India by early 2023, the hatchback could be updated too. 

The new Mercedes A-Class sedan and hatchback have been unveiled overseas. Both cars get a mild facelift alongside updated features and new electrified petrol powertrains. The A-Class sedan is the entry-level product in Mercedes’ lineup in India and should receive the updates soon, possibly by early 2023.

 
 
 
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What’s different in the new A-Class?

On the outside, the new A-Class sedan has a revised front end with new LED headlights and eyebrow DRLs that are now flush with the shark nose grille. The grille features a new star pattern and slimmer centre chrome trim piece with an oversized Mercedes logo. Lower down, the air dam now features a sportier trapezoidal design instead of the earlier oval part.  

Changes to the rear end are much less apparent – the most noticeable feature are the split LED taillights that are distinct from the previous A-Class’s Y-shaped LED elements. 

AMG model's interior shown for reference

Inside, the A-Class sedan looks largely similar to its predecessor but gets a slew of new features. These include a fingerprint sensor for driver identification, standard comfort seats with lumbar support made from recycled materials and a revised telematics system. 

As before, the A-Class gets dual 10.25-inch displays for driver’s instrumentation and infotainment, “Hey, Mercedes” voice commands and ambient lighting. 

The driver-assistance features now include Active Steering Control to help with the lane-keeping assist function. The India-spec model should get the new ADAS tech alongside the next-generation Parking Package, Mirror Package and the new 360-degree camera.

New Mercedes A-Class specs 

There are major changes under the bonnet for A-Class models overseas with the addition of new plug-in hybrid powertrains. The India-spec sedan is likely to continue with the same 163PS 1.3-litre petrol and 150PS 2-litre diesel engines as before, but the petrol engine now gets a mild-hybrid system with a 10PS e-motor dishing out 14Nm.  

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The Mercedes A-Class is likely to carry a steeper price tag than the existing sedan that retails from Rs 42 lakh (ex-showroom pan-India). Once launched, it’ll rekindle its rivalry with the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe.

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