Mercedes-Benz Australia/Pacific will, for a limited time, offer a higher-spec version of its A-Class hatchback that adds more grunt and an all-paw driveline.
The A250 4Matic will join the full-time A200 from November, priced at $49,500 plus on-road costs, but it's unclear how many units will be available.
For comparison, the A200 checks in at $47,200, while timing and specification for other A-Class variants including an entry-level A180 and the AMG-fettled A35 will be confirmed before the end of the year.
More A250 variants will be added as permanent members of the A-Class family next year, explained Mercedes-Benz Cars Australia's head of media relations, Jerry Stamoulis.
“We’ve managed to secure some stock which is the same specification that we have with the A200 currently, and we managed to secure some stock with the A250 engine and 4Matic (all-wheel drive) to see out the rest of this year,” he said.
“Next year, we will announce some other models in the A-Class range, including the A180 and other A250 variants, but we won’t go into that just yet.”
The A250 4Matic is powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol engine, tuned to produce 165kW and 350Nm, allowing it to do the 0-100km/h sprint in 6.2 seconds.
That's a significant jump over the A200, which delivers just 120kW/250Nm from its 1.3-litre turbo-petrol, and has a 0-100km/h time of 8.0 seconds flat.
However, with less displacement, the A200 uses less fuel at 5.7L/100 kilometers as opposed to the A250's 6.6L/100km figure.
Both utilise a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, and benefit from a strong list of standard features including 18-inch alloy wheels, MBUX multimedia system with two 10.25-inch digital screens, LED headlights with adaptive high beam assist, keyless start/stop and wireless charging.
The A250's 4Matic all-wheel-drive system features a full variable torque distribution between the front and rear axles, meaning that 100 per cent of the drive can be sent to the front wheels if it suits the driving conditions.
For safety, the upcoming small car features nine airbags, AEB, active parking assist, active lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, traffic sign assist and a reversing camera.
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