All-New Mercedes-Benz A-Class Limousine
The Mercedes-Benz A-Class Limousine is the first model from the new-gen A-Class range that has come to India. We first saw it in India at the 2020 Auto Expo and we recently got to drive it as well, ahead of its official launch. The sedan version of the A-Class will be the new entry-level model in the company's India line-up and it will be offered in both petrol and diesel option.
The very first thing that pops into your head is the CLS when you see it, especially the front. The diamond-stud-pattern grille comes with a sleek chrome slat, with the three-pointed star logo at the centre, flanked by sweptback LED headlamps with LED daytime running lamps.
When it comes to the profile, it's more like the compact version of the C-Class, but it has a unique identity, and with an overall length of 4549 mm it does look long. The twin-5-spoke alloy wheels add to the sporty feel.
The tail lamps too add to the overall look of the car and the design then is progressive and looks great and in tune with the times. The sculpted boot-lid comes with a protruding design that acts as spoiler, while the bumper gets underbody cladding, with chrome details, for protection.
The cabin has been designed in line with the current Mercedes-Benz models, featuring the large single unit display with split screens for infotainment and instrument cluster. The signature round air-con vents are also present, along with the trackpad and the round, leather-wrapped multi-functional steering wheel.
The big aspect about the A-Class Limousine is the space at the rear. It boasts of a segment-best 2729 mm wheelbase which is 59 mm more than its closest rival and that shows. There was decent knee room and good headroom for a person as tall as me but what it lacks is underthigh support, so yes, long journeys will be a bit of a hassle.
The Mercedes-Benz A-Class Limousine comes with a pair of petrol and diesel engines, and the one here is the former. The 1332 cc 4 cylinder petrol motor churns out 161 bhp and develops a peak torque of 250 Nm from as low as 1650 Nm and you have that power at your disposal thanks to the 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Mercedes-Benz claims that the Limousine is the most aerodynamic production car in the world with a coefficient drag of .22. And of course, you get driving modes too, with Sport mode which significantly changes the character of the car.
The intention of Mercedes-Benz India was to launch the car in 2020, but the pandemic pushed these plans and now the car will be launched in India on March 25. Mercedes-Benz of course is looking at an aggressive price tag but given what's on offer, we won't be surprised if the company doesn't undercut its rival.