Mercedes is set to launch limited editions of its diesel A- and B-class. Does more kit and higher ground clearance improve appeal?
Published on Jun 13, 2014 09:44:00 PM
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Mercedes A-Class and B-Class Edition 1.
Since launch, Mercedes-Benz's A- and B-class hatchbacks have been well received in our market. These models started raking in the numbers for the luxury carmaker, so much so that these entry-level compact cars account for around 20 percent of the company's sales in India. Apart from lowering the entry-level into the brand, according to the carmaker, these two luxury hatchbacks are also helping it attract younger buyers.
The carmaker didn't just rest on the healthy numbers, but looked to improve on its products. Now, based on customer feedback, Mercedes-Benz is set to bring special editions of the A- and B-class with added kit. Known as Edition 1, the special edition will be available only on the diesel versions.
On the outside, the A 180 CDI and the B 180 CDI special edition diesel trims now sport glossy black wing mirror housings and decals with ‘Edition 1’ lettering. Both get new design alloys but there are no changes in wheel or tyre size.
On the inside of both special editions, the manual front passenger seat gets electronic adjustment with memory function, the rear seat gets a center arm-rest with cup holders, there's a reversing camera, panoramic sunroof and ‘Edition 1’ badging. Additionally, the B 180 CDI Edition 1 gets a rear seat entertainment system.
Though the reversing camera makes navigating into cramped parking spaces a lot easier, surprisingly, Mercedes has skimped on parking sensors. The rear centre armrest with cup holders is a practical addition but the rear seats of the A-class still feel cramped.
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