Australians will be able to get behind the wheel of the 2019 Mercedes Benz A-Class when it arrives in August, the new model year will feature the MBUX infotainment system and a plethora of active safety systems as standard.
The new A-Class has grown slightly with 29 litres more boot space over the outgoing model taking the capacity to 370 litres.
Shoulder, elbow and headroom are also suggested to offer more space as well as improved entry and egress. The length has grown by 120mm to 4419mm, the width has increased by 16mm to 1796mm, the wheelbase is larger by 30mm at 2729mm and the height has also been bumped up 6mm to 1440mm.
Powering the new A200 model will be a new 1.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine (yet it’s still called the A200), which will offer 120kW of power and 250Nm of torque. It will be mated with a seven-speed DCT transmission.
New 18-inch aero alloy wheels, LED headlights with adaptive high beam assist, keyless start, touchscreen central display with satellite navigation and wireless charging are also included on the new A-Class.
A highlight is the new MBUX infotainment system with two 10.25-inch digital screens, which is activated by voice control with the keywords ‘Hey Mercedes’.
The MBUX also uses a new Linguatronic system to perform a range of infotainment functions with improved natural speech recognition. The voice control is also capable of learning and can vary its dialogue output from the traditional stereotypical responses.
Standard safety equipment on the new A-Class includes nine airbags, autonomous braking, parking assist, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring and traffic sign assist.
The A200 model will be available from launch priced at $47,200 plus on-road costs. The A180 and A250 are expected to be available later in the year.
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