2016 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Facelift to Launch in India on Dec 8

sdBENGALURU: Now Mercedes-Benz India is planning to launch of a new A-class hatchback on December 8. The new launch will mark Mercedes-Benz India's final new product in 2015, which is part of its "15 in 15" product presentation strategy, according to ibtimes.co.in.

The old interior is spruced up with an updated with tubular design instrument cluster with some new graphics, while the dash gets revised switches and a large, free-standing and frameless display of the infotainment system, which is now optionally available with eight-inch screen. More than exterior, it’s the cabin that has received more significant updates. It gets a new infotainment system that supports both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, optional 8-inch display.

There are new control buttons, updated instrument cluster, and new interior material and shades. The vehicle will also get more comfortable seats with 60mm more cushion depth. The new-generation A-Class is the first Mercedes-Benz model to be available with seamless smartphone integration such as Apple CarPlay for iPhone users and MirrorLink will be available starting in early 2016. Besides new features and styling updates, the Mercedes-Benz A-Class facelift might also receive more powerful versions of its existing engines 2.1-litre diesel and 2.0-litre petrol.

Upon launch, the updated Mercedes-Benz A-Class will also get new nomenclature for the diesel variant. Instead of 200 CDI, the new model will be called A 200 D. It is also expected to continue with the same petrol and diesel engines. The A 180 Sport petrol variant, which will be renamed A 180 according to the new nomenclature of the company, will be powered by the inline four-cylinder 1,595cc engine.

With regards to power specs, the engine develops 120bhp at 5,000rpm and 200Nm of torque starting at 1,250rpm. The A 200 CDI Sport diesel mill, which will be renamed A 200d, will be powered by an inline four-cylinder 2,143cc engine that develops 134bhp at 3,600rpm and 300Nm of torque at 1,600rpm. Both engines will be mated to seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

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