The all-new Mercedes-Benz A-Class Limousine has finally reached India looking all suave and sophisticated. After a delay of nearly a year, it is now primed to be launched on March 25. While the coronavirus pandemic pushed the A-Class Limousine’s original arrival slot, its upcoming release is exciting news, nonetheless. Luxury sedans have always held a special place in the hearts of premium car buyers in the country. Among the handful of premium carmakers in India, few stand higher and mightier than Mercedes-Benz. While there are many who have the kind of pockets that are deep enough to afford a luxury car, a deal done affordably is a deal done right.
Therefore, prospective buyers would be happy to know that the all-new A-Class Limousine will be assembled here in India. Localization means Mercedes-Benz will be able to price the sedan reasonably enough for it to be viable. Once launched, the all-new Mercedes-Benz A-Class Limousine will be available in three variants – A200, A200d, and A35 AMG.
Competing against the newly-launched BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe, the A-Class Limousine effectively replaces the A-Class hatchback and the CLA sedan in India. Mercedes-Benz will soon be commencing production of the A-Class Limousine, while reports indicate that dealerships have already started accepting bookings. If you are willing to fork out over 40 lakh rupees on a compact luxury sedan, exterior styling will be among your top concerns.
On this front, the all-new Mercedes-Benz A-Class Limousine doesn’t disappoint at all. Even in its non-AMG avatar, this compact sedan looks undeniably gorgeous and definitely upscale. The sharp front-end sports angular LED headlamps with signature LED DRLs and a large Mercedes-Benz logo right in the middle of the grille.
Meanwhile, the swooping character lines and a sloping roof blend perfectly with this sedan’s extended rear portion. Since Mercedes has extended the wheelbase to make the standard A-Class sedan into a ‘limousine’, it has also had to make the rear doors longer. While this can make some cars look a little awkward, that doesn’t seem to be an issue with the A-Class Limousine at all. And if you pick the A35 AMG, its sporty appeal will probably charm your pants off.
Mercedes-Benz will offer customers of the A-Class Limousine up to six exterior colors. This will include Cosmos Black, Denim Blue, Iridium Silver, Mojave Silver, Mountain Grey, and Polar White. Being a modern Mercedes model, the all-new A-Class Limousine comes well-equipped with features, too. There is a panoramic sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, wireless charging, electrically-operated front seats with memory function, and cruise control.
Further adding to the aura of the A-Class Limousine’s cabin is LED mood lighting and two high-definition digital screens. One of these is the 10.25-inch primary head unit for the MBUX infotainment system from Mercedes. You can control the screen using touch inputs or via a touch-sensitive pad located on the center pedestal.
Unlike some other Mercedes-Benz models, the MBUX system found in the all-new A-Class Limousine is the latest version of the interface. Of course, it comes as standard with Android Auto & Apple CarPlay and also gets built-in GPS navigation. Meanwhile, the driver gets an equally-large and high-definition digital instrument cluster with multiple display modes on offer. When you couple those beautiful screens with the stylish turbine-style air vents, large sunroof, 64-color ambient lighting, and a well-crafted interior, the A-Class Limousine’s cabin seems like a great place to spend some time in.
In its A200 petrol form, the A-Class Limousine is powered by a 1.3-liter turbocharged four-banger that makes 161hp and 250Nm. Meanwhile, the diesel-powered A200d uses a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that churns out 148hp and 320Nm of torque.
The A35 AMG, on the other hand, is powered by a 2.0-liter turbo-four that develops 302hp and 400Nm of twist. It can also accelerate from 0 to 100 kmph in just 4.8 seconds – the other two require over 8 seconds to achieve the same. Where the A200 and A200d are front-wheel-drive only, the A35 AMG gets the German brand’s 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system a standard. Transmission duties on the A200 and A35 AMG are handled by a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic, while those on the A200d are managed by an 8-speed torque converter.