Connectivity For Mercedes-Benz A-classPOSTED BY admin ON 31 July 2012
Nothing says “young” better than style, choice, connectivity and personalisation, all of which are being catered for in the latest generation of the A-Class (test drive story here).
The first smorgasbord of options comes in the form of model range, with an extensive choice of engine configurations.
Two 1.6-litre and a single 2.0-litre petrol engines are offered, all with four cylinders. The A180 develops 122hp, while the A200 produces 156hp for a 9.3sec 0-100km/h dash. The 211hp A250 (Sport) is the range topper, giving the A-Class enough pace to rival the Golf GTI by hitting 0-100km/h in just over 6.5 seconds.
There are also three turbo-diesel inline-fours.The model designation for diesel models follows a similar path, but does so without the performance derivative. The A180CDI, A200CDI and A220CDI offer 109hp, 136hp or 170hp respectively.
In Europe, all variants come with a standard six-speed manual gearbox, but a seven-speed dual-clutch auto can be specified. Initial indications from Mercedes-Benzs Malaysia suggest that only the A200 and A250 (automatic transmission) will make it to our shores.
For an entry level Mercedes-Benz, the A-Class surprises with its plethora of hi-spec standard features, which ranges from comfort settings to active safety features to multimedia functions.
Via the seamless integration of the iPhone, for example, the A-Class is able to offer the Facebook generation a natural home on four wheels. In addition to staying connected on “FB”, the owner can stay active on Twitter as well as utilise the Drive Kit Plus and Daimler’s app concept to bring other digital services and content into the vehicle.
Another major highlight that stands out as unique for a vehicle of this class is the radar-assisted collision warning and prevention system with Pre-Safe seatbelt pre-tensioning in the event of a crash.
The system not only sets off an alarm when collision is likely at a certain speed, it also gives assistance by correcting the pressure on the brake pedal if not enough is being applied to avoid a crash.