2016 Mercedes A Class facelift which would be showcased at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2015 in September has been unveiled. In addition to design revisions, the hatchback also receives new features, powertrain tweaks and an additional variant.
For starters, Mercedes has made the stylish diamond pin grille as a standard fitment and has bestowed the car with sharper front bumper. LED headlamps are now optional (standard on AMG). Alloy wheel pattern is the only new thing on the side while the rear gets revised taillight detailing and new diffuser with integrated dual exhaust tips. New exterior color options are also on offer.
Interior changes come in the form of upgraded instrument console (derived from CLA/GLA), new color themes, trims, revised seats, upgraded COMAND system which now supports Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink, optional 8-inch screen and enhanced material quality.
Powertrain lineup has been tweaked to for enhanced efficiency and reduced emission. Some motors get power hike as well. The entry level A 160 is powered by a 1.6-litre 102 PS petrol motor while A 180 D BlueEfficiency emerges as the greenest A Class yet with its 109 PS 1.5-litre diesel engine (Renault K9K). The frugal diesel variant has a claimed combined mileage of 28.57 kmpl while the CO2 emission stands at 89 g/km. A 220 D diesel and A 250 petrol motors get a hike of 7 PS each. It’s to be noted that CDI has been changed to D to denote diesel variants.
A 45 AMG’s 2.0-litre turbo petrol motor now produces 381 PS. A 7-G Tronic automatic transmission is standard across the range. Mercedes has also introduced DYNAMIC SELECT adaptive suspension system as standard in several variants.
For India, A 180 Sport petrol with 122 PS and A 200 D Sport diesel with 136 PS will continue to be offered. Mercedes will start deliveries of 2016 A Class in Europe this September. Since the vehicle is currently imported as CBU into India, we should be receive the updated model in a few months’ time.