Mercedes A-Class Facelift Brings Adaptive Drivetrain
|   Friday, July 03, 2015
After less than three years, Mercedes has revised the A-Class range and introduced an adaptive drivetrain, a new basic version of the 160, a very efficient version, and a more powerful AMG with 381 hp.

The Mercedes compact range is a successful one. In the case of Mercedes A Class, two out of three customers are new. In Western Europe, about one in two drivers of Mercedes A, B, GLA and CLA previously drove a rival vehicle. A-Class significantly contribute to the rejuvenation of the brand.
Currently, the average age of European drivers who own a new A-Class is about 13 years less than the former model. In China, the average age is 34 years.

The greatest achievement of the Mercedes A-Class facelift is the new adaptive drivetrain; A-Class is recognized as a very dynamic car but now is more comfortable than ever.

With Dynamic Select, the vehicle characteristics can be adjusted at the touch of a button. The driver can adjust the response of the engine, transmission, suspension, steering and air conditioning in four driving modes: Comfort, Sport, Eco and Individual.

Dynamic Select comes as standard for the A 200d 4Matic, A 220 4Matic, A 220d, A 220d 4Matic, A 250 4Matic, A 250 Sport and A 250 Sport 4Matic versions.
The models with 7G-DCT AMG Line transmission and lowered suspension includes Dynamic Select on the standard equipment list.

In the case of the Mercedes-AMG A 45 4Matic version, Dynamic Select has the same settings as the Mercedes-AMG GT, and C 63 AMG: Comfort, Sport, Sport + and Individual. As a new option, the AMG Dynamic Plus package includes a mechanical limited slip differential on the front axle, AMG Ride Control sports suspension with adaptive damping and the fifth run mode called Race.

The new range includes a basic version named A 160. Powered by the same 1.6-liter turbocharged engine from the A 180, and A 160 develops 102 hp and 180 Nm of torque. But the most fuel efficient variant is the new A 180 d BlueEfficiency ( 1.5-literturbodiesel at 109 hp), which promises fuel consumption of only 3.5 l/100 km (emissions of 89 g/km CO2).

Top of the range is the Mercedes-AMG A 45 4Matic that also benefits from the facelift applied. The most powerful 2-liter turbo engine in the world is now even more powerful with 381 hp and a torque of 475 Nm. The new A 45 AMG accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in only 4.2 seconds, 0.4 seconds faster than its predecessor.
The support systems have been improved too. Attention Asssist system (standard) now operates within an extended range (60-200 km/h) and uses a five-stage display to view the level of attention of the driver. LED High Performance headlamps are optional (standard on the A 45 AMG).

With the occasion of this facelift, Mercedes A-Class introduces a new nomenclature for its versions: petrol models have no suffix, while point d replaces the abbreviation CDI before. So, A 180 CDI is now called A 180 d.
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