The all new Mercedes Benz A-Class has been spied testing in Pune, Maharashtra. The A-Class is a large luxury hatch which will likely capture the fancy of many buyers who are looking for a classy, feature rich and sophisticated luxury hatchback.
This spy shots come close on the heels of the Mercedes B-Class sport tourer which was launched in India at a price of Rs.21.49 lakh for the B180 variant and 24.87 lakh for the B180 Sport (ex-showroom Mumbai).
The B-Class was launched only recently in September 2012 and the fact that Mercedes is already testing the A-Class suggests they will launch it soon as well. Mercedes Benz seems to have found great potential in the Indian car market and is making all the right moves by launched premium luxury hatchbacks. Also read: Mercedes Benz B-Class launched at Rs.21.49 lakh!
So far Indian buyers had no option apart from the Fiat500 and the MINI Cooper’s when it came to luxury hatchbacks. Another point to be kept in mind is that the A-Class looks rather spacious from its outside dimensions and although the cabin isn’t too large it may actually offer more space than its competitors.
The A-Class test mule that was spotted testing in Pune was partially camouflaged but it is still easy to make out the overall shape and design of the vehicle. The A-Class luxury hatchback is expected to sport a 1.8 litre diesel motor that produces 134 bhp of power and will be mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The luxury hatch will likely see a launch sometime next year (2013) and will bear a price tag of Rs.16-18 lakh. If Mercedes does indeed launch the car with such aggressive pricing it could become a runaway success. At this price point buyers of sedans like the Chevrolet Cruze and Toyota Corolla Altis may in fact be tempted to stretch their budget and upgrade to the three-point star! What do you think about the Mercedes Benz A-Class? Share your views in the comments section below. Also read: Mercedes Benz B-Class unveiled and driven