Mercedes-Benz Malaysia debuts locally-assembled A-Class Sedan and GLA models


By Natalie Khoo

Mercedes-Benz Malaysia debuts locally-assembled A-Class Sedan and GLA models
Mercedes-Benz and klpac present ‘There’s Something About M’ at the launch of the new CKD models

Mercedes-Benz Malaysia officially launched the new locally-assembled A-Class and G-Class models at The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (klpac) today, marking the occasion with a stellar production titled ‘There’s Something About M’ in support of the local performing arts industry. Both the A-Class and G-Class models will feature two variants, namely the A 200 Progressive Line, A 250 AMG Line, GLA 200 and GLA 250 AMG Line.

“These two new additions to our local production line are testament of our commitment to further expand our local foothold and increased investment in the local automotive sector. Both the A-Class and GLA are our success and best-selling models and we are excited to announce that they will now be locally assembled at Pekan, Pahang. We believe that this expansion will continue to strengthen our local offerings as we strive to provide our customers the very best of premium and luxury German engineering,” said Michael Jopp, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Passenger Cars at Mercedes-Benz Malaysia.

Here’s everything to know about these newly launched CKD models that are on track for deliveries as soon as next week.

A 200 Progressive Line and A 250 AMG Line

Let’s start with the latest sedan models from Mercedez-Benz Malaysia. The new A-Class Sedan is the second locally-assembled model after the GLA 450 which was launched last year. Designed with the philosophy of Sensual Purity, the A-Class Sedan features an above-average shoulder, elbow and headroom plus easy access to the rear for greater utility and comfort.

The A 200 Progressive Line runs on a 1.33-litre engine producing 163 horsepower and 250Nm of torque, capable of achieving the century sprint in 8.1 seconds with a top speed of 230 kilometres per hour. Meanwhile, the A 250 AMG Line features a 2-litre engine with an output of 224 horsepower and 350Nm of peak torque. It accelerates from 0-100 kilometres in 6.3 seconds towards a top speed of 250 kilometres per hour.

Inside, both variants boast modern, avant garde interiors highlighted by the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) infotainment system with twin 12.3-inch displays. Another key feature are the air vents that come in a sporty turbine look, complementing the wing-shaped dashboard that extends from one door to another seamlessly.

The Mercedes-Benz A 200 Progressive Line is priced at RM219,888 (OTR without insurance, inclusive of 5 per cent sales tax) and the Mercedes-Benz A 250 AMG Line is priced at RM249,888 (OTR without insurance, inclusive of 5 per cent sales tax).

GLA 200 Progressive Line and GLA 250 AMG Line

As for the compact SUV models, both the GLA 200 and GLA 250 variants feature the same specs as the imported models that arrived last year, with the only difference being the more competitive price point due to the local footprint. Characterised by powerful overall proportions with short overhangs front and rear, the new GLA maintains a sportiness and modernity with clear contours and coupé-like lines in the side windows.

The GLA 200 is equipped in Progressive Line with 18-inch five-twin-spoke alloy wheels. It’s equipped with a 1.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine that outputs 163 horsepower, capable of reaching zero to 100 kilometres per hour in 8.7 seconds. Its top speed is rated at 210 kilometres per hour.

On the other hand, the GLA 250 gets the AMG Line bodystyling with 19-inch AMG 5-twin-spoke alloy wheels. The AMG Line also features a lowered and dynamically tuned suspension to intensify the driving experience. Powered by a 1.9-litre engine, it outputs 224 horsepower to complete the century sprint in 6.9 seconds with a top speed of 240 kilometres per hour.

Interior-wise, the new GLA is more spacious than before, offering a higher seating position, increased legroom and luggage compartment that’s more typical of an SUV. The Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) system with twin 10.25-inch instrument and infotainment displays also come as standard.

The Mercedes-Benz GLA 200 Progressive Line is priced at RM242,888 (OTR without insurance, inclusive of 5 per cent sales tax) and the Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 AMG Line is priced at RM278,888 (OTR without insurance, inclusive of 5 per cent sales tax).

For more information or to reserve a unit, visit the official website.

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