The all-new Mercedes-Benz A-Class range will expand to include the new A 250 4MATIC in late 2018 priced from just under $50,000 plus on-road costs. The A 250 4MATIC will arrive with the same level of standard equipment as the A 200, but adds more power and all-wheel drive traction.
The M 260 four-cylinder engine in the A 250 4MATIC is essentially a further development of the previous M 270. Utilising 165 kW of power and 350 Nm of torque and combined with the standard 7G-DCT dual clutch transmission, the A 250 4MATIC is able to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in just 6.2 seconds. Combined fuel consumption is rated at 6.6L per 100 km.
The 4MATIC system has been developed further, and now offers even more driving pleasure and efficiency. 4MATIC components include the power take-off to the rear axle, which is integrated into the automated dual clutch transmission, and the rear axle differential with an integrated multi-plate clutch. This is no longer electro-hydraulically powered, but instead electro- mechanically.
Drive torque distribution between the front and rear axles is fully variable. Depending on the driving situation, 100 per cent of the drive torque can be directed to the front axle (e.g. when driving straight ahead with no increased slip at the front axle), or up to 50 per cent can be directed to the rear axle if more traction is called for.
Using the DYNAMIC SELECT switch, the driver is able to influence the characteristics of 4MATIC even more than before. In the A-Class there are two characteristic curves available for clutch control. Models equipped with 4MATIC have a four-link rear suspension.
As with the A 200, the Mercedes-Benz A 250 4MATIC packages 18-inch aero alloy wheels, MBUX multimedia system with widescreen cockpit (2 x 10.25-inch digital screens), TOUCHSCREEN Central Display with NTG 6 MB Navigation, standard LED headlights with Adaptive High Beam Assist, keyless start and wireless charging.
The A 250 4MATIC also arrives with a host of standard safety equipment such as nine air bags (front, pelvis side, and window bags for driver and front passenger, side bags for rear occupants and knee bag for driver), Active Brake Assist with semi-autonomous braking function, Active Parking Assist including PARKTRONIC, Active Lane Keep Assist, Blind Spot Assist with exit warning, Traffic Sign Assist and reversing camera.
2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class range (price before on-road costs):
A 200 $47,200
A 250 4MATIC $49,500