Mercedes-Benz has announced Australian pricing for its all-new A-Class due to arrive in March 2013. Price for the new small car from Mercedes will start from $35,600 plus on-road costs, putting it in direct competition with not only the BMW 1-Series and Audi A3 but also the upper specced Volkswagen Golf.
The sharp pricing comes as Mercedes aims to reposition itself for strategic growth in Australia next year. Mercedes-Benz cars Australia managing director Horst von Sanden said 2013 will be “one of the most important years in the brand’s Australian history”. The new A-Class will be joined by the new S-Class, a facelifted E-Class and the CLA four-door coupe in 2013.
Both petrol and diesel engines will be offered. The petrol range starts with the A180 BlueEfficient that comes with a 1.6-litre engine producing 90kW and 200Nm. The same engine produces 115kW and 200Nm in the A200 BlueEfficient, while the range topping A250 BlueEfficient is equipped with a 2.0-litre turbo that generates 155kW and 350Nm.
The only diesel variant coming to Australia is the A200 CDI BlueEfficient which comes with a 1.8-litre unit rated at 100kW/300Nm. Both petrol and diesel engines is paired with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 7-speed automatic that drives the front wheels.
An AMG version will also be available toward to end of 2013. The A45 AMG will be packed with 260kW and 450 Nm of torque. Power is sent to all four wheels via a seven-speed dual clutch gearbox.
The new A-Class will be on display at the Mercedes-Benz booth at the upcoming Australian International Motor Show from Oct 19 to 29.
|Mercedes A-Class Australian Pricing|
|A 180 BlueEFFICIENCY 1.6L turbo petrol (a) 90kW/200Nm||$35,600|
|A 200 BlueEFFICIENCY 1.6L turbo petrol (a) 115kW/200Nm||$40,900|
|A 200 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY 1.8L turbo diesel (a) 100kW/300Nm||$40,900|
|A 250 Sport 2.0L petrol (a) 155kW/350Nm||$49,900|