An updated version of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class has arrived in South Africa, with the German automaker touting its ability to mix performance and comfort.
The Stuttgart-based manufacturer says its Dynamic Select system allows the driver to change the vehicle’s characteristics at the touch of a button.
The updated A-Class is offered in two diesel and three petrol variants: the A 200 d and A220 d and the A 200, A 250 Sport and Mercedes-AMG 45 4MATIC.
The range-topping A 45 gains a boost in power, with its 280kW and 475Nm making it the world’s most powerful compact sports model. This sees its sprint to 100km/h fall by four-tenths to just 4.2 seconds.
The A 220 d, meanwhile, now has a slightly higher output of 130kW while the A 250 Sport now develops 155kW.
“With the Dynamic Select driving programme selector, the new chassis with adaptive damping, and LED high-performance headlamps, the new generation of the A-Class demonstrates just how high the level of innovation can be in this segment,” said Florian Seidler, Co-CEO Mercedes-Benz South Africa & Executive Director Mercedes-Benz Cars.
“With this model update we are now meeting the wishes of many customers for even more comfort with no loss of dynamic performance,” said Seidler.
The A 220 d and the A 250 Sport models are equipped with Dynamic Select as standard, while the system is also included in all models with 7G-DCT, AMG Line, or lowered suspension. Dynamic Select is available as an option for the A 200 and the A 200 d.
Exterior styling updates include a new front bumper and newly designed tail-lights.
Inside, there’s a new instrument cluster and anodised switches. The frameless display of the infotainment system is now optionally available with a larger eight-inch screen. New colours and materials, as well as new finishes for the trim in the dashboard, are also on offer.