It is a pretty well known fact that Mercedes India, the Indian subsidiary of the popular German premium car maker, will officially launch the A Class premium hatchback in Indian market this year.
It has now emerged that Mercedes India might launch the A Class in the fast developing Indian car market as soon as in May 2013. The source of this rumour is a tweet by Siddharth Vinayak Patankar, who is the host of NDTV 24×7’s Car & Bike Show. It is also being said that unlike the B Class, which was launched in India in only the petrol engine variant, the upcoming A Class will come to us in both petrol and diesel guises. Both the engines will be mated to automatic transmissions.
The petrol variant, which has been dubbed as the A180, is powered by a 1.6 litres turbocharged engine which has a max power output of 122 PS. The diesel engine variant, which is named as the A180 CDI, is powered by a 1.5 litres unit with 109PS of peak power. It may be noted that this engine is the same Renault sourced K9K motor that powers many small cars in India.
The car will be launched at a price that will be undercut by that of many D segment sedans. The car will battle it out against the upcoming 1 Series of cars from BMW and might even lock horns with the Audi A3 hatchback, if and when Audi India decides to bring it here.