Mercedes-Benz has locked in pricing and specifications for its updated A-Class range ahead of the arrival of 2016 models early next year.
For 2016, the same five variants will carry over but some engine outputs have been improved. The updated A-Class also brings a refreshed look both inside and out, but prices have increased.
The range again kicks off with the A 180, powered by the same 90kW/200Nm 1.6 litre four-cylinder petrol engine as for 2015. Fuel economy is also unchanged at 5.8 l/100km.
Two A 200 models are next in the line-up, with the cheaper petrol variant getting a small boost to power for its 1.6 litre four-cylinder engine. Outputs now measure 115kW and 250Nm, but fuel consumption hasn’t suffered - still measuring 6.1 l/100km.
The A 200d is the only diesel-powered A-Class model, and brings a 2.1 litre four-cylinder engine making 100kW and 300Nm, while returning 4.0 l/100km.
At the sporty end of the range is the aptly-named A 250 Sport, which offers up 160kW and 350Nm from its 2.0 litre four-cylinder petrol engine. That’s a 5kW boost over the outgoing model, but it brings a 0.1 l/100km increase in fuel consumption at 6.7 l/100km.
The A 250 gets a traction-boost over the lesser models' front-wheel-drive layout thanks to its 4Matic all-wheel-drive system. A special ‘Motorsport Edition’ is also available in A 250 Sport spec.
Mercedes has reserved its biggest effort for the range-topping Mercedes-AMG A 45 4Matic super hatch, which now belts out an impressive 280kW and 475Nm.
Power is up 15kW from the 2015 model, and torque is boosted by 25Nm. This sees the 0-100km/h time tumble (relatively speaking) from 4.6 to 4.2 seconds, but fuel economy suffers with the new figure of 7.3 l/100km (up from 6.9).
Every 2016 A-Class model in Australia has a turbocharged engine, and every model is offered only with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.
New styling for the 2016 A-Class includes LED headlamps and redesigned tail-lamps, new exhaust tips and a new front bumper.
Safety features include nine airbags, Benz’s ‘pre-safe’ pre-collision system, attention assist, lane-keep assist and Collision Prevention Assist Plus.
Inside, interior trim also gets a rethink and the 2016 A-Class is the first Mercedes-Benz model to be available with Apple CarPlay.
“The progressive new A-Class continues the success story of our compact car range,” Mercedes-Benz Australia CEO, Horst von Sanden, said.
“Since 2013, the A-Class model range has enhanced the youthful appeal of our brand, and been one of the real highlights in our product offensive. This latest generation delivers even greater comfort and value to our customers.”
The 2016 Mercedes-Benz A-Class is scheduled to arrive in local showrooms early next year.
Note: Overseas images shown, Australian gallery to follow.
Pricing (excludes on-road costs)
2016 MERCEDES-BENZ A-CLASS
- A 180 - $37,200 (up $1300)
- A 200 -$42,800 (up $1000)
- A 200d - $43,300 (up $1000)
- A 250 Sport 4matic - $53,300 (up $2300)
- AMG A 45 4Matic - $77,900 (up $2200)