When it comes to buying a Mercedes-Benz, buyers in Malaysia are definitely spoiled for choice. The range has a huge number of models available – from the compact A-Class, to a selection of SUVs to the flagship S-Class (and many others in between). And of course, for those with plenty of money, the brand-shaping Dream Car Collection.
Now Mercedes-Benz Malaysia (MBM) makes the decision even tougher with the introduction of the A-Class Limousine – essentially a sedan variant of the latest A-Class hatchback. This variant was first unveiled 2 years ago at the Shanghai Motor Show and was initially just for China though the carmaker also developed a sedan variant for the rest of the world.
Identical features/specs to hatchback
In terms of features and specifications, the A-Class Limousine is near-identical to that of the A-Class hatchback. MBM is offering two variants of the model: the A200 Progressive Line, and the A250 AMG Line.
Pricing for the A200 Progressive Line is RM229,888, while the A250 AMG Line will have an estimated price of RM288,888. The A200 is powered by a turbocharged 1.4-litre inline-4 engine producing 163 ps/250 Nm, while the A250 gets a turbocharged 2.0-litre inline-4 engine that makes 224 ps/350 Nm. Both powertrains drive only the front wheels through a 7G-DCT dual-clutch transmission.
While most dimensions are similar in height, wheelbase, and width to the A-Class hatchback, the overall length is, of course, extended; in this case, it has 130 mm more length to take it to 4549 mm.
Generous boot space
The boot offers 420 litres of room, with an aperture that’s 950 mm wide and with a diagonal of 462 mm between the lock and the lower edge of the rear window. In contrast, the all-new CLA-Class that has yet to be released locally has a boot space of 460 to 470 litres, although the aperture is far narrower.
The A-Class Limousine also benefits from a roofline that follows a more traditional 3-box shape, which, in turn, means that rear headroom isn’t compromised. While it doesn’t look as sleek as the CLA-Class, it is a far more practical proposition when you need to carry a full load of occupants – especially for long journeys. This is going to be the key point for the A-Class Limousine, as prior to this if you needed a boot, you would also be trading away that headroom by choosing the CLA-Class.
Latest infotainment systems
As mentioned, the features and specifications of the A-Class Limousine mirror the hatchback and this includes the dual 10.25-inch displays that occupy a large portion of the dashboard. The MBUX infotainment system is present here with its natural language voice control operation, alongside touchscreen functionality and the traditional controller on the centre console.
The A200 Progressive Line gets a generously specified interior even as an entry-level model. ARTICO leather is present as the seat materials, with black open-pore linden wood trim. The steering wheel is finished in leather, while the front seats are the Comfort design that are electrically adjusted. THERMATIC automatic climate control is also available, as is ambient lighting.
In contrast, the A250 AMG Line sees minor differences in trim. ARTICO leather and DINAMICA microfibre black are the material choices, and the electrically-adjusted front seats are of the Sport design that’s meant to be more body-hugging. The steering wheel is also sportier in shape and wrapped in nappa leather. Wood trim is swapped for a lighter long-grained aluminium trim for a more modern, aggressive look.
Top safety features, of course
Both models carry the same exterior and safety features. They are both packaged with 18-inch alloy wheels (albeit in different designs), along with LED high-performance headlamps and Adaptive Highbeam Assist. Reversing Cameras, Active Parking Assist with PARKTRONIC, Active Brake Assist, Cruise Control, KEYLESS-GO, and PRE-SAFE functionality are all part of the sticker price as well.
With the introduction of this A-Class Limousine, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia may very well have disrupted the market in a way that rivals will struggle to match. The popularity of the A-Class hatchback has proven that the model stands on its own even in the face of consumer preferences for sedans.
With competitive pricing and specifications, the A-Class Limousine stands to be a popular choice, and may just win over customers who wanted an A-Class but really wanted a boot.