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New 2009 Mercedes-Benz A-Class and B-Class Pricing - (Australia)

September 5th, 2008
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Mercedes-Benz Australia have announced pricing and specifications for their new-generation A- and B-Class.  From Spring 2008, the completely upgraded A- and B-Class will arrive in Mercedes-Benz showrooms nationwide with a host of new features, including Active Parking Assist and the new NTG 2.5 Telematics platform.

Mercedes-Benz A-Class: An even more pronounced styling emphasis

The completely upgraded A-Class five-door Saloon and the three-door Coupé now appear more youthful and self-confident than before. The sweeping lines of the newly designed headlamps harmoniously combine the front end and flanks, which literally appear to be cast from a single mould. The redesigned front bumper reinforces this impression; its lower air intake is now much larger, emphasising the width of the body. The radiator grille is also in a new design which underlines the progressive aura of the A-Class.

Mercedes-Benz B-Class: Sports Tourer in better shape than ever

The restyled front end injects the B-Class with more poise and assurance than before. This is primarily thanks to the radiator grille with its three chromed cross fins painted in metallic grey and the Mercedes-Benz star integrated into its centre. However, the more imposing appearance of the B-Class also stems from the new look bumper-whose design emphasises the large air intake at the bottom, as well as the modified bonnet. This new design idiom makes the front look broad and, as a consequence, especially powerful, symbolising the sporty attributes of the B-Class even more clearly than before. The design at the sides seems more harmonious and elegant than before, because the exterior mirror housings, door handles and skirt panels are now painted to match the body colour on all model variants.

The rear styling picks up on the dynamic flow of lines at the front and along the sides. A direct visual link is created by the tail light assemblies, whose upper edges merge seamlessly with the character line along the vehicle's sides. The tail lights sport a new high-brilliance look and draw the gaze to the large tailgate, which now comes with an ergonomically enhanced chrome handle strip.

Active Parking Assist: ultrasound and electric steering for easier parking

In both the new-generation A- and B-Class, the Metro package now includes Mercedes-Benz Active Parking Assist.  Through the use of enhanced side-mounted ultrasonic sensors, the system identifies suitable parallel parking spaces on both sides of the road in passing.  A “P” on the instrument cluster indicates that the search is in progress, which is active up to 35km/h and measures the length and depth of possible parking spaces between two cars.

When the system identifies a suitable park, an arrow appears on the display to inform the drivers which side of the road the parking space is located.  If the driver engages reverse, they are asked to accept Active Parking Assist on the display.  Once activated, the system automatically takes over the steering and manoeuvres the car into the parking space, leaving the driver to simply operate the brake and accelerator accordingly.

A 180 CDI: the new entry point to Mercedes-Benz diesel technology

Mercedes-Benz Australia have unveiled a new entry point to their class-leading diesel technology with the introduction of the A 180 CDI Saloon.  Priced from only $39,900*, A-Class customers are now given the opportunity to experience the refinement and sophistication of Mercedes-Benz diesel engines.  With constantly rising fuel prices, the A 180 CDI is set to become an instant success with a fuel consumption of just 5.2L / 100km combined cycle (Fuel consumption according to ADR 81/01).

NTG 2.5 Telematics

Like all the new 2008 Mercedes models, the A- and B-Class are available with further improved infotainment.  The new NTG 2.5 Telematics platform has been introduced to both new-generation A- and B-Class, providing customers with Audio 20 AM/FM radio with integrated CD player and MP3, WMA and AAC compatibility.  Bluetooth Hands Free Profile telephone connectivity is now standard in both model lines, offering greater freedom and flexibility than ever.

Australian model range: pricing and specifications

The current Australian A-Class model range sees the introduction of the A 180 CDI Saloon, while the B-Class model range remains unchanged.  Building on the already rich standard equipment list of the A- and B-Class are even more features for the new-generation models. These are detailed below.

A 170 Coupé, A 170 Saloon and A 180 CDI Saloon

Pricing for the A 170 Coupé moves to $35,500 while the A 170 Saloon moves to $37,900, up just $500 and $400 respectively from the previous model.  The A 180 CDI Saloon, the gateway to Mercedes-Benz class-leading diesel technology, is priced at just $39,900.  All three new-generation models are fitted with the following options as standard:

    * NTG 2.5 Audio 20 AM/FM radio with single disc CD player and MP3, WMA and AAC compatibility
    * Bluetooth Hands Free Profile telephone connectivity
    * Electric rear windows (Saloon only)
    * Leather steering wheel, gear shift and handbrake lever

A 200 Coupé

The new-generation A 200 Coupé is priced from $45,900, up from $45,100.  The new-generation A 200 Coupé gains these popular options as standard:

    * NTG 2.5 Audio 20 AM/FM radio with single disc CD player and MP3, WMA and AAC compatibility
    * Bluetooth Hands Free Profile telephone connectivity

A 200 Saloon

The new-generation A 200 Saloon has received a minor price increase of just $300.  Now priced $47,900, A 200 Saloon now feature the following popular options as standard:

    * NTG 2.5 Audio 20 AM/FM radio with integrated 6 disc changer and MP3, WMA and AAC compatibility
    * Bluetooth Hands Free Profile telephone connectivity
    * UCI (Universal Communication Interface) connectivity for AUX-IN, iPod integration and USB
    * Elegance model line with electrically adjustable front seats, including seat heating
    * New design, 16 inch light alloy wheels, 10 spoke design

A 200 Turbo Coupé

The range toping A 200 Turbo Coupé is now priced from $49,500 (up from $48,600).  With only a $900 increase, this range leading model, gains the following features as standard:

    * NTG 2.5 Audio 20 AM/FM radio with integrated 6-disc changer and MP3, WMA and AAC compatibility
    * Bluetooth Hands Free Profile telephone connectivity
    * UCI (Universal Communication Interface) connectivity for AUX-IN, iPod integration and USB

B 180 CDI and B 200

The new-generation B 180 CDI and B 200 are priced from $46,200, up from $45,800.  The new-generation B 180 CDI and B 200 are further enhanced with the following standard options:

    * NTG 2.5 Audio 20 AM/FM radio with integrated 6-disc changer and MP3, WMA and AAC compatibility
    * Bluetooth Hands Free Profile telephone connectivity
    * UCI connectivity for AUX-IN, iPod integration and USB
    * 16 inch light alloy wheels, 5 twin spoke design

B 200 Turbo

The range-topping B 200 Turbo is now priced from $52,800, representing only a $400 increase over the previous model.  The B 200 Turbo, gains the following four popular options as standard in the new-generation model:

    * NTG 2.5 Audio 20 AM/FM radio with integrated 6-disc changer and MP3, WMA and AAC compatibility
    * Bluetooth Hands Free Profile telephone connectivity
    * UCI connectivity for AUX-IN, iPod integration and USB
    * New design, 17 inch light alloy wheels, 5 twin spoke design

The new-generation A-Class: key facts at a glance

Model Power Torque Fuel Cons.** Price*
A 170 Coupé 85 kW 155 Nm 6.9L/100km $35,500
A 200 Coupé 100 kW 185 Nm 7.4L/100km $45,900
A 200 Turbo Coupé 142 kW 280 Nm 8.1L/100km $49,500
A 170 Saloon 85 kW 155 Nm 6.9L/100km $37,900
A 180 CDI Saloon 80 kW 250 Nm 5.2L/100km $39,900
A 200 Saloon 100 kW 185 Nm 7.4L/100km $47,900

*All prices quoted exclude dealer delivery and statutory charges
** Fuel consumption according to ADR 81/01

The new-generation B-Class: key facts at a glance

Model Power Torque Fuel Cons.** Price*
B 180 CDI 80 kW 250 Nm 5.8L/100km $46,200
B 200 100 kW 185 Nm 7.4L/100km $46,200
B 200 Turbo 142 kW 280 Nm 8.1L/100km $52,800

*All prices quoted exclude dealer delivery and statutory charges
** Fuel consumption according to ADR 81/01


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