The A-Class hatch and sedan have had more standard equipment added for 2023, but pricing is up significantly
The Mercedes-Benz A-Class hatch and sedan has been updated, and it’ll begin to arrive in Australian dealerships this month.
Gone is the entry-level A180 variant, with A200 and A250 in both body styles now filling the non-AMG lineup.
Prices now start at $61,900 before on-road costs for the A200 hatch, a significant entry-point increase of $10,500 over the outgoing A180.
Pricing peaks at as much as $119,900 before on-road costs for the flagship AMG A45 S 4Matic hatch. The A45 is now $13,000 more expensive than before.
The updated Mercedes-Benz A-Class is expected to launch in Australia this month.
Mercedes-Benz says that the A-Class range now includes standard features such as a panoramic sunroof, AMG Line interior and exterior, metallic paint, electric and memory function front seats and a 360-degree camera across all engine types.
Aesthetically, the A-Class looks subtly different to before, thanks to a power-bulge bonnet, redesigned radiator grille, new rear diffuser and standard LED rear tail lights.
Inside the A-Class, two free-standing 10.25-inch displays are standard and run the latest MBUX infotainment software. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also standard.
Mercedes-Benz says it has also updated its engines, adding a mild-hybrid 48-volt system to its four-cylinder engine range, aside from the A45.
The German brand says that the mild-hybrid system not only helps with starting the vehicle, but also provides 10kW more power for the driver when setting off from a stop.
A new belt-driven starter-generator aims to quieten the start of the A-Class, while also recuperating the onboard battery while braking or on the overrun.
The A200 is fitted with a 120kW/270Nm 1.3-litre mild-hybrid four-cylinder engine, while the A250 utalises a more powerful 165kW/350Nm 2.0-litre engine.
In the AMG range, the A35 is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces outputs of 225kW/400Nm.
The Audi RS3-rivaling A45 S 4Matic is also powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, but produces significant figures of 310KW/500Nm.
The feistiest A-Classes money can buy have also been tweaked for 2023, with the A35 becoming more aggressive in the looks department than before.
Tweaks include revised front LED headlamps, an AMG-specific radiator grille, new AMG round badge, revised front apron and power bulges from the A45 make the A35 more chiseled than before.
A new wheel design, rear spoiler lip, revised rear tail lights and round exhaust pipes are also installed on the AMG A-Class models.
The AMG A35 also gains the 48-volt mild-hybrid system found on the rest of the A-Class range for 2023.
All prices listed are before on-road costs.
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