Mercedes-Benz has facelifted its A-Class and B-Class fashions, that are on account of go on sale within the coming months.
There are minor styling adjustments throughout the line-up, with the majority of updates targeted on know-how and powertrains.
Earlier this 12 months, the model unveiled a method to refocus its model line-up in high-profit luxury segments, dropping cheaper fashions. The model stated it plans to grow to be a ‘devoted pure-play luxurious automobile firm’ and can goal three segments: top-end luxurious, core luxurious and entry luxurious.
The petrol engines for each fashions now function mild-hybrid know-how, achieved through the fitment of a belt-driven starter-generator and 48v battery. The revised engines are paired with 7- or 8-speed automated transmissions.
A 1.3-litre unit powers the A 180, A 200, B 180 and B 200. The 180 produces 136PS and the 200 produces 163PS. An extra 14PS is supplied by the mild-hybrid system as a part of a Increase operate.
A extra highly effective 2.0-litre petrol engine can also be provided, at the side of all-wheel-drive. It has energy outputs of 190 or 224PS.
The diesel powertrains, provided in 180, 200 and 220 variants, stays out there as earlier than.
Mercedes has additionally geared up its A 35 AMG mannequin with mild-hybrid know-how, whereas the powertrain for the range-topping A forty five stays unchanged.
The plug-in hybrid A 250e and B 250e fashions get a bigger battery as a part of the updates, extending their zero-emission functionality. The battery has a capability of 15.6kWh, which supplies a WLTP vary of greater than 40 miles for all variations.
The battery may be charged extra shortly, too, because it now options 11kW AC charging functionality in addition to 22kW DC charging.
The A-Class was the primary Mercedes mannequin to function the model’s MBUX infotainment system and the up to date A-Class and B-Class function an up to date model. Adjustments to the instrument cluster show present a simplified format, whereas the voice management system has been enhanced to clarify and help with car capabilities.
The brand new fashions will formally launch in direction of the tip of the 12 months, when pricing an UK specs will probably be revealed.
Mercedes-Benz has reached an company mannequin settlement with its retailers which is able to result in the new retail framework’s introduction in the UK from 2023.