Mercedes Updates A- and B-Class
STUTTGART, GERMANY– The A- and B-Class ranges from Mercedes-Benz are among Europe’smost luxurious vehicles. The biggest change for the A-Class is the convenientECO start-stop function for the high-volume A150 and A170 that can switch offthe engine when the driver shifts to neutral at a low speed while applying thebrakes, and cuts fuel consumption by 6.5 percent, according to www.edmunds.com.
TheB-Class cousin is still available with a choice of six engines: twodirect-injection diesels with 109 or 140 horsepower, and four gasoline models,with the high-end version outputting a powerful 193 hp. The turbodiesel B180can travel beyond 600 miles with only one trip to the gas station.
Mercedeshas completely redesigned the headlights and taillights, front bumper, andradiator grille and has painted the mirror housings and door handles bodycolor. The B-Class also gets a new hood, grille, front and rear bumper andhigh-brilliance taillights. Inside, buyers have the choice of brushed aluminumor wood trim on the high-end variants. A sport package is also an option on theB-Class, which includes leather-trimmed seat bolsters and new fabric for thecenter console and door panels.New Mercedes technology includes the adaptive brake light system, whichtriggers the brake lights to warn other drivers by flashing during excessivebraking. Four optional head units are also available for all the Mercedesmodels, and the iPod interface makes it easy to pick and choose songs withcontrol keys mounted on the steering wheel.These U.K.-only platforms are currently priced starting at the equivalent of$26,350 for the three-door A150 and $33,500 for the B150.