The new powertrains will go on sale next spring and be popular with fleet buyers
Felix Page Autocar writer
12 November 2018

Mercedes has introduced two new diesel engines to its A-Class range, both of which sit above the existing entry-level A180d.

The models, the A200d and A220d, use new OM654 engines that conform to RDE 2 emissions standards, not compulsory until 2020. 

The engines are among the first to be RDE 2-compliant in the UK. As a result, business car owners will benefit from reduced benefit-in-kind tax: in 2017’s Budget, the Government announced there would be a diesel tax supplement of 4% for cars that do not meet the RDE 2 standard.

Diesel-powered A-Class models are expected to make up the lion’s share of the line-up’s sales. However, the diesel mix is expected to decline - in the last generation it accounted for 70% of sales - as a result of diesel falling out of favour. 

The A200d is powered by a 2.0-litre diesel engine, producing 148bhp and 236lb ft of torque, while the 2.0-litre diesel in the A220d offers a 40bhp upgrade, and 295lb ft. 

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With both engines, the A-Class can achieve at least a claimed 65.7mpg on the combined cycle, emitting 110-114g/km of CO2, meaning that both are likely to continue outselling petrol variants. 

The A200d will be available in two trims: Sport and AMG Line, while the A220d will be available only with the range-topping AMG Line package. 

Sport offers a reversing camera, DAB radio, keyless starting and carbonfibre trim as standard, while AMG Line in addition includes a sports steering wheel, AMG styling elements and larger 18in wheels.

The A200d Sport will be available from £28,805, £3,660 more than the A180d SE. The A220d AMG Line starts at £30,005. 

For £1395, the Executive equipment line adds Active Parking Assist, intelligent mirror technology and heated front seats, while the £3595 Premium Plus line comes with memory seats, a panoramic glass sunroof and an upgraded sound system.

Customers can order an A200d or A220d now, with the first cars set to be delivered in spring 2019. 

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12 November 2018

Yeh, yeh, yeh...  it meets the new standards etc.

The trouble I have understanding is why is this diesel going t be popular with fleet buyers? New emission rules have dented the real-world mpg - newer diesel engines get nowhere near the mileage of older engines. Add to that the diesel engine is still more expensive to buy, that it'll be hit harder by depreciation, and that...  well in my area right now petrol is 126p whilst diesel is 135p.

Unless the owner is coveing huge annual mileages, I just can't see the economic benefits anymore. ( I'm a diesel supporter by the way ).

12 November 2018

...hopefully no one will buy these....

Steam cars are due a revival.

12 November 2018
Thekrankis wrote:

...hopefully no one will buy these....

Hard to see the logic of this comment - if an engine meets the strictest emissions standards available, those not even in force til 2020, then why would you hope no one bought it ? Would you also hope no one buys petrols that also meet the same emissions standards ?

XXXX just went POP.

FMS

13 November 2018
Thekrankis wrote:

...hopefully no one will buy these....

 

What EXACTLY is disgusting?. No point in trying to converse with you...with your closed mind, blinkered attitude, what vehicular marvel do you pound the streets with then?.

12 November 2018

 Canidate for BCOTHY, it’s not best?

Peter Cavellini.

13 November 2018

I also hope no one buys these. Assuming MB haven’t cheated on the emission tests, that these cars are maintained perfectly in accordance with the makers directions for the whole of their lives and that no failure or malfunction of any component in their emission system ever occurs, I dare say they’d just about be safe. Though I wouldn’t want a child of mine to breathe anywhere near their tailpipe.

Meanwhile, back in the real world, they’ll be dirty and smelly within a few years, just like all the other diesel cars, and the only reason they haven’t been banned is that EU governments fear the electorate won’t like it. Never mind the environment, just appease the voters

Robbo

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13 November 2018

The issue diesel is that at its core you have a slow, heavy and dirty but reliable, simple and economical power unit. However, in order to make it faster you have to add turbochargers and intercoolers. To make it cleaner you have to add mutiples of the emissions gear you need in a petrol. So, you end up with something faster and cleaner but much more complex and this has a huge knock on effect on reliability, particularly after 3 years or so. Ultimately, it doesn't matter if the new diesels are much cleaner than their older counterparts, as soon as the expensive emissions gear needs replacing any fuel consumption advantage over a petrol engine is negated. 

People are already voting with their feet. When we were looking for a secondhand Mercedes Estate for my wife the diesels were at a premium to the petrol ones, a situation that has completely reversed. Remember, people started buying diesel because of the tax incentives and concentration on CO2 by a previous Government, as well as  the economy. For a private motorist who does less than 15,000 miles a year, there is no real incentive to buy a new or used diesel and this is rapidly feeding through into both the new and secondhand markets.

I have never owned a diesel car, but am not anti diesel. If I did 20,000 miles a year, my company bought the car and sold it after 3 years, I'd consider one. Otherwise, the economic argument (I will leave the environmental one to others) doesn't stack up. 

13 November 2018
Remember when Mercs were smart, restrained and tasteful?

This A class is absolutely ghastly. Ugly and blingy on the outside, fussy and chintzy inside.

Still, they seem to have no trouble shifting 'em...

13 November 2018
The instrument display on my old E Class needed replacing twice out of warranty when the digital display gradually failed. Both times it cost over £1000.

Just imagine the cost of replacing that Christmas tree when it falls after 4 years?

13 November 2018

The A220d AMG Line starts at £30,005. What can you say?

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