The entry-level sedan will rival BMW’s 2 Series Gran Coupé that has the entry-level trim (sport variant) priced at Rs 37.9 lakh. Mercedes will revise prices upwards by Rs 1 lakh from July 1.
The A-Class launch is one of the 15 models Mercedes plans to launch this calendar year as it seeks to consolidate its leadership position in a market that has been stuck in the slow lane. High taxation, policy changes, sluggish economy, and the Covid-19 pandemic had slowed the luxury car market in India.
“It will help in growing the segment substantially. The A-Class has further improved the CLA styling,” said Martin Schwenk, managing director and chief executive officer, Mercedes-Benz India.
With the latest offering, Schwenk expects at least 60 per cent buyers to be first-timers. “It has a real chance of expanding our line-up,” added Schwenk.
Mercedes commenced bookings of the model earlier this year and it is sold out till May, he said, without divulging the numbers. In a first for the Indian automobile industry, the luxury car market leader is also offering an eight-year engine-transmission warranty as standard for the A-Class.
Meanwhile, the company has also started locally assembling the AMG A 35 4MATIC sedan — the 12th completely knocked-down model to be locally assembled. This is part of a grander plan for the AMG brand to play an even bigger role in Mercedes’ overall product offering in India. Close to seven new AMGs are planned for the current year. “We are strongly placed to maintain our firm leadership in the performance motoring segment in India,” added Schwenk.
Amid resurgence in Covid cases, automobile companies
are hopeful of a continuation in demand recovery. Luxury carmakers, including BMW and Audi, are banking on new launches to rekindle excitement in a segment that accounts for less than 2 per cent of India’s passenger vehicle market. The top three firms have lined up more than 50 new model launches to recoup last year’s volume loss.
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