India-bound Mercedes A-Class facelift to unveil in Frankfurt

Tuesday 14 April 2015, 11:58 AM by

Mercedes-Benz, the German luxury carmaker, will unveil the 2016 A-Class hatchback at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. If reports are to be believed, the bookings for the German market will commence from July, while the deliveries are expected to begin from September.

The A-Class facelift gets subtle styling changes, which are similar to the one found in the new B-Class, The exteriors of the hatch gets new bumpers, new light cluster graphics, and an optional LED setup instead of the bi-xenon headlamps. The rear bumper gets integrated tailpipes.

India-bound Mercedes A-Class facelift to unveil in Frankfurt |
Mercedes-Benz A-Class

Inside the cabin is a new steering wheel, redesigned twin-dial instrument panel with 12 colour 'mood lighting' LED technology, an updated free-standing display and others. It also gets an updated infotainment system with new software including 'Connect Me' function, and a Wi-Fi hotspot.

The company has also updated the safety technologies to make them more responsive. The 'Attention Assist' function now reacts from 60-200kmph, while the Active Parking Assist supports longitudinal and perpendicular parking spaces. Its traffic sign wizard now gets additional traffic signs and entry restrictions. However, these features are not likely to be offered on Indian-spec model.

Under the bonnet, the luxury hatchback will remain unchanged; however, the engines will be more efficient and offer lower emissions. The top-spec A45 AMG is likely to get an improvement in performance. The India-spec model will continue to be offered in both petrol and diesel guise. While the petrol engine is the 1.6-litre unit, the oil burner is the 2.2-litre motor. Both engines are paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox which transmits the power to front wheels.

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