A Mercedes for under Rs. 20 lakh, A-Class launch in May 2013

Those of you who’ve always wanted a Mercedes Benz, here’s one three-pointer star that won’t really break the bank. Mercedes is all set to launch its most-affordable car yet in the Indian market, the Mercedes A-Class in the third week of May.

The Mercedes A-Class is a large hatchback, which looks roomy enough and has the DNA that Mercedes cars are known for, such as a pliant ride, luxurious interiors, and stunning road presence. The Mercedes A-Class is being positioned as a Sports-hatchback, with a low slung body and bits of sporty kit like a spoiler at the rear adding to that positioning. Also read: Mercedes Benz hatchback spotted testing

The most interesting bit about this car would be its price tag. It is rumoured to be priced at about Rs. 18 lakh (there could be a lower variant that’s cheaper as well as a variant that’s slightly more expensive). At this price point, the car would be directly pitted against premium mid-size sedans in the Indian market such as the Hyundai Elantra, Skoda Laura and Chevrolet Cruze. The choice buyers will have to make would be – premium mid-size sedan or entry-level luxury hatchback? That’s going to be an interesting dilemma to sort out.

At the moment, the most affordable Mercedes Benz in India is the Mercedes Benz B-Class Sports Tourer launched in with a 1.8 litre petrol engine a few months ago, and which would likely come with a diesel option in a few months. This car has a price tag starting at about Rs. 22 lakh, making it directly compete with vehicles like the Honda CR-V and Chevrolet Captiva. Also read: Mercedes Benz B-Class launched at Rs.21.49 lakh!

The Mercedes Benz A-Class would likely come with a 1.8 litre petrol engine with a seven-speed automatic transmission, just like the B-Class. It will also get a diesel engine option, but that may come in a little later, around the time that the B-Class comes with a diesel option, as both cars are likely to share engines and transmissions. Also read: Mercedes Benz B-Class unveiled and driven

Meanwhile, Mercedes has confirmed the launch of the new GL-Class on May 16 in New Delhi, to be unveiled by tennis legend Boris Becker. That’s what makes us take this news of the Mercedes A-Class launch in May with a pinch of salt – two cars in the same month? It’s possible, but we’ll let you know for sure once we confirm this launch.

Source: NDTV