MercedesBenz AClass — Marking A Shift

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Mercedes-Benz C 180 CGI AT Special Series

Mercedes-Benz A-Class — Marking A

Written by Administrator | 10 July | Published in July 2013 ( New )

Mercedes-Benz India Limited has a flurry of new model introductions up this year as it plays to an growth strategy. The recently A-Class is an important link in the chain of events as it makes the of the three-pointed-star more accessible. off a new segment, the A-Class is presently the Mercedes, yet densely packed technology. We drove the A 180 extensively varying conditions to find out if it can do any for the brand in India.

The A-Class a changing face of Mercedes-Benz is increasingly targeting the youth. The design, packaging and positioning of the too is in line with the demands of buyers across geographies. It is the second model based on the Modular Front Architecture platform, which will a key role in business expansion in countries.

One of the key highlights of the A-Class is the it strikes among efficiency, inclusion, visual appeal and pleasure. The focus on efficiency is in the entire lifecycle of the vehicle, is rated at about 160,000 km. The BlueEFFICIENCY emits 5.7 tonne CO2 than its predecessor. This is an of 16 % and reflects the company’s 360º to lower emissions.


The clearly stands out among the Mercedes cars and is visually the striking car in the company’s present market portfolio. The model is the torchbearer of a new design language, seems to be going down with Indian consumers. more than 400 bookings in than two weeks of its launch, the is already the most popular in the company’s tenure in India.

The road hugging design a dynamic touch to the car in the first The radiator grille has been a striking treatment, which with the sharp headlamps a concept car look to the vehicle. The lines flowing through to the section help the car exude a road presence. A low roofline a relatively small glass further accentuates the concept car Even the day time running are designed to project an aggressive which the A-Class carries very well.

The sleek also has functional advantages in the of efficient aerodynamics, owing to the A-Class features a low drag of 0.27. This also into better fuel at high speeds.

Right the first look, the A-Class manages to convey a new design which reflects from the it’s presently enjoying geographies. We experienced the same our test and came across young car enthusiasts, who appreciated the new of the A-Class.


In MBIL presently offers two options for the A-Class, the 180 CDI (diesel) 109 hp on offer and the 180 CGI (petrol) with 122 hp. Our car, a 180 Sport, was equipped the 180 CGI, a 1.6 l turbocharged, direct engine, based on the fully M 270 engine platform. The M 270 is a versatile and features chain driven overhead camshafts operating valves. The scalable nature of the means it can be used in larger too in a progressive manner.

Highlighting its is the fact that this can be installed transversally or longitudinally and be with front, rear or all wheel drive system. more, it can be paired with a torque convertor or a dual transmission. Such flexibility play an instrumental role many other factors to the MFA platform successful in markets as India.

With 200 Nm of torque over 1,250 to 4,000 there’s minimal lag off the line. is decent in the low revs but is at its best about 2,500 to 5,000 after which the engine a bit strained. Refinement levels, are of top class and at no point does one the car out of the brand’s comfort characteristics.

lack of turbo lag has almost a cliché now in the premium segment, the of the turbo in this engine a special mention. The turbocharger air into the combustion chambers at up to 1.9 bar, with turbine rated at a maximum of 230,000 A new manifold turbocharger module has integrated into the front of the engine, thereby resulting in cooling. Individual exhaust from the cylinders and a high temperature of up to 1,050º C improve the of exhaust gas energy. Further, a overlap in the opening times of the and exhaust valves causes cold air to replace the hot gases in the manifold. This process, known as scavenging, is claimed to optimise the charging process in with the conventional method.

The 7G-DCT dual clutch isn’t something entirely new and a good job of balancing efficiency and Downshifts aren’t particularly from this unit, when in sports mode. The towards efficiency is easy to while driving as it’s trying to upshift at any given During our test, we got a best of 9.2 km/l (on-board computer in the city and 12.8 km/l on the Overall, the A-Class with powertrain manages to offer a experience, which would favour among young The car checks all boxes in terms of technology advancement and efficiency. It miss out a bit on the driving factor but that up through brilliant explained below.


The comes across as a pleasant after a few minutes of spirited as the focus on driver rather the rear occupant shows up. the exterior dimensions, one would the A-Class to be nimble and agile and it disappoint at all. A key reason for is the reduced centre of gravity and position than the earlier Body roll isn’t too and the car is able to maintain composure a series of quick turns ease.

Mercedes-Benz C 180 CGI AT Special Series

The car is equipped with a rear axle, in which the forces are absorbed by three arms and one trailing arm on each The benefit of this arrangement is longitudinal and lateral movements are of each other, leading to handling and ride quality. The of this solution is clearly on uneven surfaces, which the tackles very well and the cabin insulated from The electromechanical steering unit is direct and offers decent as speeds build up. This adds up to the overall driver appeal of the vehicle. For a front-wheel car, the A-Class is quite a when it comes to handling.


The offers one of the best cabin and quality in its price segment in the right now. Materials in the cabin are of high quality and the towards the cabin design a special mention. The AMG styled not only lend a sporty to the cabin but also offer support all around. Being black, the cabin is in line that of sports cars and the shade also accentuates the parts’ appeal.

Legroom at the rear is good but support and head room a little short, but that’s of a trade-off for the low-slung exterior A 14.7 cm colour screen the display for the COMAND Online systems and also adds to the visual appeal. The system now seamless connectivity with the through a purpose built in the elbow compartment.

Safety has been a strength for Mercedes-Benz and the of decades shows up in the A-Class in the of 11 driver assistance systems from the usual passive systems in place. Key safety include active parking attention assist, ESP, skid control, hill assist and seven airbags.

at the A-Class as a package there’s anything more one could for. It comes loaded safety convenience technologies, and is yet to be in its price segment. It offers a approach to comfort and connectivity and should help it win some

If initial numbers are anything to go by, the has had a great start in India. long-term sales are quite from initial stages. A key for the A-Class is that it has created a which never existed in the It will also benefit the fact that the company’s two competitors are yet to launch models in the segment. This advantage, won’t last long as BMW is to launch the 1 Series shortly.

Helping its case further is the A-Class is a striking and youthful to look at, which will be by many as a dynamic statement. decision to load it to the gills in of features and technology is another as consumers in this segment are sensitive towards value initial buying cost. the package is a competitive pricing of Rs lakh for the 180 Sport and Rs 21.93 for the 180 CDI

Text: Arpit Mahendra

: Bharat Bhushan Upadhyay

Mercedes-Benz C 180 CGI AT Special Series
Mercedes-Benz C 180 CGI AT Special Series
Mercedes-Benz C 180 CGI AT Special Series
Mercedes-Benz C 180 CGI AT Special Series


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