Press photos of the upcoming Mercedes-Benz A-Class have surfaced the internet ahead of the 2012 Geneva Auto Show. The A-Class may hit Indian shores by 2014.
The A-Class mostly resembles the A-Class concept which Mercedes-Benz showcased at the 2012 Delhi Auto Expo. As seen in the concept, the production-ready A-Class is a low-set, coupe-like and radically styled as against the tallboy designs of the present A-Class models. The A-Class and the upcoming B-Class Sports Tourer are built on a common platform.
The A-Class has smaller headlamps when compared with the A-Class concept. The radiator grille in the production version has the same large Benz logo at the centre as it was in the concept. The production version has a pair of air dams on both sides of the lower bumper unlike a single large air dam on the concept.
The A-Class production model has four doors unlike the large two-doors found in the A-Class concept. The ORVMs get a pair of LED turn indicators. At the rear, the production model has a conventionally designed tail lamp cluster unlike the ornamental LED taillamps of the A-Class concept.
The A-Class is expected to come with a host of engine options which includes five petrol engines and five diesel engines. Among the petrol engines, expect the A-Class to be made available in a 1.8-litre 120 bhp motor, 2-litre 154 bhp motor, 2-litre 170 bhp motor, 2.5-litre 209 bhp motor and a 2.5-litre 348 bhp motor. Among the diesel engines, expect the A-Class to be powered by a 1.6-litre 89 bhp engine, a 1.8-litre 107 bhp engine, a 2-litre 134 bhp engine, a 2.2-litre 168 bhp engine and a 2.5-litre 203 bhp engine.
There is no information about the features to be offered in the A-Class. However, the A-Class concept had a radar-based collision warning system (first in its segment) and adaptive Brake Assist. These features can be expected in the production version.
The A-Class could be priced anywhere around Rs. 15 – 20 lakh. The A-Class will be the cheapest offering from Mercedes-Benz because, at present, the lowest priced model is the C-Class starting at Rs. 25.75 lakh.
The A-Class will be the cheapest Merc to own in India. Though the A-Class is expected to hit the showrooms only in 2014, the company hopes to establish itself in the entry-level luxury car segment by launching the B-Class Sports Tourer during the second-half of 2012.