Mercedes just announced the facelift of A-Class. But the updates are in minor scale. Seems like this is the first update (yes, it is. But I mean there’s a possibility for the second updates). The German carmaker did some changes at exterior, interior, powertrain, and immersing a new feature for the hatch.
Inside, now the A-Class gets dual instrument binnacle that you can find in CLA and GLA. Moreover, there are redesigned switches, revamped new seats with new colors and trim options, better quality material, and infotainment system that is now has 8-inch display as an optional and now compatible with Apple CarPlay and Mirrorlink. And for Mercedes-AMG A45 AMG, there are multifunction steering wheel with flattened lower section, and sport seats with cushion depth adjustment as standard.
A new feature that is immersed to the five-door hatchback is DYNAMIC SELECT. It is an adaptive damping system that has 4 driving modes: Comfort, Sport, Eco, and Individual. Moreover, Mercedes offers Motorsport Edition which is inspired by firm’s F1 team. The edition is available from the A200/A200 d upwards. It features green accents on the body, the AMG wheels, and in the cabin.
When you look at to the update 2016 A-Class probably you won’t notice the changes. Let me tell you that you can see the changes carefully. Up front, Mercedes’ designers redesigned the bumper that now comes up with more arrow-shaped. And also, now diamond accent grille is standard for all models. At the rear, you can notice the updates easier. The LED taillights gets new cluster design where duo brake lights surrounding the sign lamps. Furthermore, there are revised rear bumper and new dual-pipes.
And for A45 AMG, Mercedes offers more aggressive and sportier exterior design update. To improve the aerodynamic, Mercedes’ designers redesined the front bumper which is now gets front skirt and canards, a new rear bumper, quad-exhaust, a new rear spoiler, and LED headlights as standard.
Under the hood, there are some changes for the engines. First, A160 which has 4-cylinder 1.6 liter producing 99 hp. For the diesel engine, there’s A180d BlueEfficiency 1.5 liter with 108 hp. Meanwhile for A220d and A250 gets more power around 7 hp. And for A45 AMG, Mercedes’ engineers upgraded the powertrain 2.0 liter producing 376 hp and 475 Nm of torque.
Text: Andhika Pradityo