Mercedes-Benz has finally uncovered the facelifted A-Class range, along with the range-topping A45 AMG which now packs more power.
As you can see, the styling revisions have been kept down to a minimum as the premium hatchback only gained some mildly updated bumpers, a diamond front grille, slightly modified graphics for the lighting clusters and optional LED headlights which come as standard on the A45 AMG.
Stepping inside the cabin Mercedes-Benz has brought the interior more in line with the CLA and they also updated the infotainment system which now supports CarPlay and Android Auto. Other changes include galvanized switches and an optional free-standing 8-inch display, revised instrument cluster with tubular design along with fresh colors and materials.
Moving on to engine changes, the entry-level A160 comes with a 1.6-liter engine developing 102 PS (75 kW) and 180 Nm (133 lb-ft) of torque while the most frugal model of the range is the A180d BlueEFFICIENCY Edition with a 1.5-liter diesel rated at 109 PS (80 kW) and 260 Nm (192 lb-ft) which consumes just 3.5 liters / 100 km (67.2 mpg US or 80.7 mpg UK) and has CO2 emissions of only 89 g/km.
The A220d’s 2.1-liter engine has been upgraded by 7 PS (5 kW) to 177 PS (130 kW) while the A250 Sport / A250 Sport 4MATIC now offer 218 PS (160 kW) instead of the previous 211 PS (155 kW).
Mercedes-Benz is also adding new manual transmissions for the A250 / A250 Sport and a launch assist function for the models equipped with the seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
As for the flagship A45 AMG, this one takes the power crown back from the 367 PS Audi RS3 Sportback as Mercedes-Benz's engineers have tweaked the engine to develop 381 PS (280 kW) and 475 Nm (351 lb-ft) whereas the old model had 360 PS & 450 Nm. This output hike has lowered the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint time by 0.4s to 4.2 seconds without affecting the fuel consumption which continues to stand at 6.9 liters / 100 km with 162 g/km of CO2 emissions.
The A45 AMG can also be optionally configured with an AMG DYNAMIC PLUS package which brings a new mechanical front axle locking differential and AMG RIDE CONTROL sport suspension (with two-stage adaptive damping adjustment). It also gains DYNAMIC SELECT driving modes allowing the owner to choose from Comfort, Sport, Sport + and Individual modes which upon selection will modify the handling characteristics.
They also updated the A45 AMG's 7-speed dual-clutch by shortening the ratios of the 3-7 gears to enable a "more dynamic acceleration in all speed ranges." In addition, the transmission now has optimized response and shift times.
There's no word yet about that A45 AMG S version with 400 PS (294 kW), but chances are it will come out sooner or later. Until then, the facelifted A-Class range will be available on order July 3 and will start hitting dealerships by the end of September.