Citroën relaunches with quirky range

There is, perhaps, no other brand that has quite the same history as Citroën in the South African market – loved by many and not so much by others, the marque nevertheless continues an envbiable tradition set by its founder, André Citroën.

Now, relaunched for the third time, the brand comes into the market with the C3, C3 Aircross and C5 Aircross, each offering the same set of values of comfort and design ingenuity instituted by the brand founder and with the more modern quirkiness that sets it apart from competitors.

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More significantly, as part of the entire restructure of Peugeot and Citroën in South Africa, the new cars come with ‘Serenity’ in the form of a comprehensive five-year, 100 000 km warranty, 10 000 km Service Plan, roadside assistance and a full Customer service.

The Serentiy package includes 5-year / 100 000 km Warranty and Service plan across the range, Courtesy Car, Citroën Parts Basket, Complimentary Vehicle health check, Microdot, dedicated Apps connected to the car and Safety Film and Tracking solutions (optional).

The revised customer experience offers a 24-Hour Customer Care Centre, Licence Renewal reminder, Roadside Assistance, Service plan and warranty expiry notification.

“Citroën Serenity will give prospective customers’ confidence in purchasing a Citroën and reinforces the commitment both Citroën South Africa and Groupe PSA have in the local market said Xavier Gobille, MD of Citroën South Africa.

“It also underscores our confidence in the new generation of Citroën products we are introducing.”

Gobille emphasised although Peugeot and Citroën would share the same premises, the two brands would retain their individual identities with dedicated and trained sales staff for each.

“The benefits of the five-year 100 000 km warranty and service plan will allow Citroën new car owners to plan their motoring budget accurately with no hidden costs to worry about during the plan period. Providing Peace of mind and an enjoyable driving experience, while transferable to the new owner.

“’Citroën Serenity” also extends to ensuring every Citroën vehicle is professionally maintained, using only Citroën original parts, which will enhance the ownership experience through product and service excellence and, also boost resale value.

“We are moving forward in creating a new and exciting future, one that produces great opportunities for our customers.”says Gobille.

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At the media launch venue, several iconic Citroën models from yesteryear were on display – models that highlighted the massive motoring innovations made by André Citroën – including launching the first vehicle finance company in 1922 (Sovac), the creation of large sales and service network (5 000 by 1925), the first all-steel automobile in 1924 (Citroën B10), and the Traction Avant launched in 1934 which pioneered the front-wheel drive engine, independent suspension and a steel monocoque chassis.

Citroën’s lasty withdrawal from the South African market happened shortly after the local launch of the C4 Cactus and was the softest of moves – many dealerships carried the Citroën logo and the cars in the market were fully supported and serviced so much of the public was not really aware the marque had taken a back step.

C3

Carrying on the design trend introduced by the Cactus, the new C3 is – says Gobille – “brimming over with an exuberant freshness and optimism that will rock the market. Its unique morphology and original graphic features express energy and confidence. Audacious by design the interior is carefully thought out to make driver and passengers feel comfortable, to make each journey a pleasurable experience.”

C3

The C3 an affordable mid-range model addressing a broad sector of the population and, from the two-tone exterior, the red roof, red foglamp surround, red wing mirrors, rear C pillar graphic and Airbumps sets itself apart from the ordinary.

The design was guided throughout by the Citroën Advanced Comfort programme, which charts an up-to-the-minute approach to Citroën’s time-honoured supremacy in motoring comfort.

The sensation of superlative comfort starts with the seats, visually as well as physically comfortable, the passenger compartment flooded in light, the ingenious stowage features, with generous space allocations.

Advanced driver assistance systems include lane departure alert and Driver Attention Alert as well as a Coffee Break Alert.

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The C3 offers PureTech petrol engines availableas a 1.2 PureTech 60 kW naturally aspirated engine fitted with a 5-speed manual transmission and 1.2 PureTech 61 kW Turbo engine charged and fitted with the latest generation 6-speed EAT gearbox.

Particularly agile thanks to its 10,7 m turning diameter of radius, the new C3 measures 3,99 m and offers compactness in town. It has 5 doors and 5 seat places making it practical in all circumstances.

C3 Aircross

Inspired by the C-Aircross concept car presented at the Geneva Motor Show 2017 and featuring classic Citroën design cues, the New C3 Aircross brings a breath of fresh air to the compact SUV segment. Outside, it stands out with its unique body styling which gives it an assertive personality.

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Inside, it innovates through its comfort as part of the Citroën Advanced Comfort programme for enhanced spaciousness, modular design and brightness. Firmly contemporary, the New C3 Aircross is eminently connected and equipped with a range of technologies that make life easier in the city and on the road.

The new Citroën C3 Aircross is a compact 4,15 m long SUV distinguished by body styling fully representative of new Citroën models and all the attributes of a robust and protective SUV, including raised ground clearance, a high-set driving position, front and rear skid plates, large wheels and wing extenders.

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The C3 Aircross is available only with a 1.2 PureTech 81 kW engine.

The cabin is home to broad and comfortable seats and offers class-leading spaciousness (best ceiling height, generous leg room), unrivalled modularity (sliding bench in two independent parts, and exceptional boot volume (410 litres and up to 520 litres (on the Shine model).

Travelling well-being is also conferred by a light-bathed cabin.

The Citroën C3 Aircross Compact SUV was created through the inspiration of the design teams headed by Alexandre Malval, Styling Director at Citroën. The design is unique to the segment with its muscular bonnet, both short and high-set. It conveys a sense of robustness and underscores the front and rear light signatures while remaining free of aggression through its horizontal balance and generous forms.

The C3 Aircross is fitted with 16-inch alloy wheels with the option of stylish 17-inch diamond-effect aluminium wheels on the Shine model.

Safety features include keyless entry and start, a hands-free access and start system that allows the driver to open and start the vehicle without getting the key out (on the Shine model), Lane Departure Warning System along with multiple crash bags, anti-lock braking with EBD and traction control.

The C3 Aircross features the Mirror Screen function, with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink (on the Shine model), where drivers enjoy the multimedia content and apps of their smartphones in complete safety by replicating and controlling them via the 7-inch touchscreen (Available on the Shine Model).

C5 Aircross

The new C5 Aircross comes in as the range flagship with attendant technology and on-road off-road driveability.

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It is the most comfortable model in its segment, thanks to the Citroën Advanced Comfort programme, Progressive Hydraulic Cushion suspension and Advanced Comfort seats. Hydraulic buffers at either end of the suspension setup have all but eliminated bounce from the car’s drive

New Citroën C5 Aircross SUV is designed to provide advanced soundproofing with reduced road noise and wind noise thanks to double-glazed laminated front windows with an insulated layer, bringing its occupants exceptional, cocoon-like soundproofing. Particular attention was paid to the soundproofing of the engine compartment.

There is space inside for five, with the variable boot size thanks to the three, individual sliding/reclining seats in the rear – it starts at 520 litres and expands to 720 litres. With the seats folded down there is 1 630 litres of space to play with.

New C5 Aircross SUV features a 12,3-inch Thin Film Transistor (TFT) digital instrument cluster and an 8-inch touchscreen, plus latest-generation driver assistance technologies. The new, model can be equipped with Wireless Smartphone Charging and ConnectedCAM Citroën on the Shine models.

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The new C5 Aircross is powered by a 1,6-litre THP 121 kW petrol engine coupled to Citroën’s EAT6 automatic gearbox.

Park Sensors, Coffee Break Alert, Keyless Entry and Starting, Electric Parking brake, Reversing camera with rear 180°camera, Fog lights with static corner function, Active Safety Break, Active Lane Departure Warning System Driver Attention Assist, Active Blind Spot Monitoring and Hill Start Assist are some of the functions – some available only on Shine models.

“New C5 Aircross SUV is Citroën’s new flagship and a key lever for the international growth of the brand.” Says Linda Jackson, Citroën CEO.

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Velar limited edition launches

The ‘Big Daddy’ of the Range Rover Velar family is now available in South Africa, the SV Autobiography Dynamic Edition boasting supercharged V8 power.

The exclusive Range Rover Velar SV Autobiography Dynamic Edition has been developed by Land Rover Special Vehicles. Powered by a 405 kW and 680 Nm 5,0-litre V8 supercharged engine, the new addition features a range of design enhancements and will be available for one year only.

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The powerful new model accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 4,5 seconds and is capable of 274 km/h, while cosseting customers with traditional Range Rover refinement and comfort.

Uprated brakes and suspension components, plus bespoke settings for everything from the powertrain to the safety systems, ensure the SV Autobiography Dynamic Edition mixes the personality of a performance car with the go-anywhere capability of a luxury mid-size SUV.

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On the outside, the award-winning mid-size SUV features include a new front bumper with larger air intakes to feed the V8 Supercharged engine and cool the uprated braking system. A new grille and lower side mouldings combine with a revised rear bumper featuring integrated quad exhaust finishers.

The exterior changes combine with a transmission tunnel undertray to ensure the fastest Velar in the range cuts through the air more efficiently.

Even the Range Rover lettering on the bonnet and tailgate has been enhanced, with a knurled finish on the metal element of the two-piece letters adding a fresh degree of sophistication to the exterior. The SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition is also the only Velar available in Satin Byron Blue – a unique metallic paint finish from Special Vehicle Operations – and all models feature a contrast Narvik Black roof as standard.

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The lightweight 21-inch forged aluminium wheels weigh the same as the 20-inch rims on the core model, but customers can also specify optional 22-inch rims with a unique Silver Sparkle finish and diamond-turned edging or with a Dark Grey finish.

Larger diameter 395 mm front and 396 mm rear brake discs feature two-piece construction to optimise weight and dissipate heat more effectively while red brake calipers with Land Rover lettering also feature. Gloss Black calipers are also available for a more discreet appearance.

Inside, the carefully curated combination of trim finishes includes twin-stitched, perforated and quilted Windsor leather and the SV Autobiography Dynamic Edition features 20-way adjustable heated and cooled front seats with memory and massage functions as standard.

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Special touches include a unique sports steering wheel and a sophisticated knurled finish for the rotary gear selector and Touch Pro Duo infotainment circular control dials.

Calibrations for the AWD system, Active Rear Locking Differential, eight-speed transmission, steering and air suspension have all been honed and are all bespoke to the SV Autobiography Dynamic Edition; delivering a more focused driving experience. Engineers at Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations spent 63 900 hours fine-tuning the unique calibration to optimise the ride, handling and responsiveness.

They focused on delivering increased breath of capability, maintaining Land Rover’s renowned all-terrain expertise while providing new levels of dynamic control and performance. Aside from far-reaching electronic tuning, upgraded anti-roll bars reduce body roll during hard cornering and the revised set-up for the Continuously Variable Dampers works in combination with firmer air springs for the air suspension to deliver the ultimate balance of composure and comfort.

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The AWD system has been uprated with a transfer box capable of withstanding the higher loads generated by the 5,0-litre supercharged V8 engine. The advanced Intelligent Driveline Dynamics system precisely and imperceptibly distributes engine torque to suit the conditions. The set-up can direct as much as 100% to the rear depending on the conditions.

The unique character of the Velar SV Autobiography Dynamic Edition is also reflected by its bespoke exhaust set-up, which provides a soundtrack to match its performance. SV’s Variable Active Exhaust System features valve technology to optimise the exhaust note, depending upon the driving conditions, and provides Velar with an unmistakable V8 rumble.

The system is 3,5 kg lighter than the standard design and its increased gas flow helps to unlock some of the flagship model’s increased performance.

Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition is available in six exterior colours; Firenze Red; Santorini Black; Eiger Grey; Fuji White; Indus Silver and, the exceptionally finished and luxurious Satin Byron Blue. A Narvik Black contrast roof features as standard.

Available to purchase for one year only, the SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition is priced from R1 743 325 including VAT and CO2 tax.

 

Style tweaks for Avanza

There are a few nips and tucks to the Toyota Avanza as it moves forward into the next segment of its lifespan – the model first introduced in 2010 and chugging along with around 440 unit sales monthly.

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The range topping TX-grade, is furnished with revised front and rear bumper designs, new split-level LED-headlamps with vertically-arranged airdams and fog lamp garnish. A body-coloured accent strip divides the headlamps and creates a border between the chrome upper and black lower-grille sections.

More aerodynamically-shaped exterior mirrors, shark-fin antenna and turbine-shaped 15-inch alloy wheels further complement the styling changes.

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Moving to the rear, a new rear boot spoiler, revised tail lamps (with clear elements) and chrome accent strip help the new TX model stand out. A new deep blue exterior colour, Fervent Blue, has been added to the colour palette – with Tusk white, Quicksilver metallic, Graphite Grey and Gold Leaf metallic remaining.

The S and SX grades retain their current exterior design and packaging.

All new Avanza models receive a change from rotary-dial-type HVAC controls to push-button control with digital readout. In line with customer requests the interior trim has been changed from light grey to dark grey. Front and rear 12-volt accessory connectors have been fitted as standard.

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Model Line-up & Pricing

Avanza 1.3 S 5MT                              – R 238,300

Avanza 1.3 SX 5MT                            – R 256,200

Avanza 1.5 SX 5MT                            – R 263,900

Avanza 1.5 SX 4AT                            – R 283,800

Avanza 1.5 TX 5MT                            – R 307,500

Avanza 1.3 S Panel Van 5MT            – R 244,000

All Avanza models are sold with a 4-services/60 000 km service plan (12-months/15 000 km intervals). A 3-years/100 000 km Warranty is also included.

Shiny new offer from Ford

The ongoing race to score new buyers in the light commercial (bakkie) market at both the business and lifestyle ends of the spectrum keeps creeping up a notch, with the latest salvo coming from Ford with some no-cost additions to the Ranger.

Ford has introduced the Chrome Styling Pack on the XLS models. Slotting between the workhorse Base and XL models at the affordable end of the pricing spectrum, and the luxuriously-appointed XLT and feature-rich Wildtrak on the premium end of the scale, the Ranger XLS line represents the ideal middle ground for all manner of applications – from hard-working commercial use to family and lifestyle-oriented functionality.

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“Where value-for-money and bang-for-the-buck are the primary purchasing considerations, the Ranger XLS is exceptionally hard to beat,” says Doreen Mashinini, General Manager Marketing at Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa. “It delivers all of the ‘Built Ford Tough’ capability that the Ranger is renowned for, but now incorporates a level of upmarket sophistication and eye-catching style normally reserved for the premium models in the range.

“The optional Chrome Styling Pack adds approximately R20 000 worth of styling and feature upgrades to the Ranger XLS line-up with no increase in the recommended purchase price. Add this to the comprehensive range of comfort, convenience and safety features that are standard on the Ranger and are either not available or come at extra cost on our key competitors and it positions this model in a unique white space in this crucial, price-sensitive segment of the pickup market.”

In place of the matt grey finishes previously used for the XLS models, the front boasts a bright chrome trapezoidal grille with twin horizontal bars that take pride of place in the centre.

A chrome finish also adorns the exterior mirror housings, door handles, practical rear step bumper and tailgate handle. Adding to the character of the Ranger is a standard stainless steel sports bar with integrated high-mount stop light.

Enabling a further level of personalization, the 17-inch six-spoke alloy wheels used on the Ranger XLT are also now available as a no-cost option on the XLS in place of the standard model’s 16-inch rims. Customers are given the choice of traditional silver or bold gloss black finishes – again, with no price penalty.

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Ford Ranger Wildtrak interior

 

The Ranger XLS specification is available in 10 models across three body styles: three Single Cabs, four SuperCab versions and two Double Cabs. Customers have the choice of both two and four-wheel drive options, as well as Ford’s six-speed manual or automatic transmissions.

At the heart of the Ranger XLS is the Duratorq TDCi engine range, starting off with the 2,2-litre four-cylinder version, which produces 118 kW of power matched to 385 Nm of torque.

The Single Cab and SuperCab models can be specified with the 3,2-litre five-cylinder engine offering 147 kW of power and 470 Nm peak torque.

 

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The standard features common to all XLS models includes cruise control operated via the multi-function steering wheel, daytime running lights, rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlight activation, front and rear fog lamps, a rear-view camera with parking sensors and a high-grade Thatcham-specification security system.

The remote-operated central locking system incorporates tailgate lock operation for maximum convenience and added security.

Active driving safety features include anti-lock brakes with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) with Traction Control, Hill Descent Control (on 4×4 models), Hill Launch Assist, Roll-over Mitigation, Adaptive Load Control and Trailer Sway Control. In the event of a collision, occupants are protected by means of dual front and side crash bags, as well as curtain crash bags on all SuperCab and Double Cab derivatives.

Multimedia and infotainment functionality is provided by Ford’s SYNC system with Bluetooth and Voice Activation, USB and Aux connections and a colour multi-function display.

Included in the standard purchase price is a four-year/120 000km warranty and service plan. With service intervals recommended every 15 000 km, this covers six scheduled services. Also included in the comprehensive Ford Protect customer care package is a five-year/unlimited distance corrosion warranty, and three-year/unlimited distance Roadside Assistance.

 

Mercedes upspecs the CLA

Launched as the first compact Mercedes-Benz on the global market, the CLA with its four-door coupé styling racked up some 750 000 sales around the world and now its successor incorporates the full MBUX communications system.

In South Africa the initial offerings are the CLA 200 and the CLA 220d.

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The new Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupe, Munich 2019

The CLA 200 with the M282 engine is powered by a 1,33-litre unit, which generates 120 kW and 250 Nm of torque driving through a 7G‑DCT dual-clutch transmission. The CLA 220d with the OM654q 4-cylinder diesel engine is powered by a 2,0-litre unit, which generates 140 kW and 400 Nm of torque with an 8G-DCT dual-clutch transmission.

New features for both engines include CAMTRONIC for the intake camshaft, and particulate filter as standard.

With MBUX, Mercedes-Benz has been revolutionising how to operate a car and communicate with it since the launch of the A-Class.

“Now we go to the next level with an intelligent interior assistance system for the new generation compact cars. By recognising gestures it facilitates natural operation,” says Johannes Fritz, Co-CEO of Mercedes-Benz South Africa and Executive Director Mercedes-Benz Cars. “This is not the only new feature by which the CLA offers a great deal of automotive intelligence.”

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The new Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupe, Munich 2019

“With the first CLA we had created a totally new segment with a four-door coupé and celebrated huge sales success by selling 750 000 CLA’s globally. The new edition of the CLA has been developed further in an intelligent way and is even more emotional and sportier than its predecessor. Coupled with new operating systems, it sets new benchmarks for the entire class.”

“As a four-door coupé, the new CLA intrigues with its puristic, seductive design and sets new standards in the design DNA of ‘sensual purity’. It impresses with its perfect proportions reflecting the first design sketch: a long, stretched bonnet, a compact greenhouse, a wide track with exposed wheel arches and our typical GT rear end with a strong distinctive ‘Coke-bottle shoulder’,” says Selvin Govender, Marketing Director for Mercedes-Benz South Africa Cars. “In short – the CLA has the potential to become a modern design icon.”

The combination of the long, stretched entry line above the windows and frameless doors give the CLA its character. Forming the front end is the front section, which is raked forwards like a shark nose with a long, stretched bonnet featuring powerdomes.

The rear design achieves a balance between elegance and sportiness. Featuring pared-down lines, the side profile provides an interesting interplay of light and shade. Dispensing with the upper shaped edge of the side wall permits shoulder shaping, stretching from the front wheel arch through to the sculptured rear.

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The new Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupe, Munich 2019

In the interior, all elements are arranged according to the overarching design themes of ‘high tech’ and ‘youthful avant-garde’ – be that the steering wheel, the door handle operating module, the centre console or the seats.

As in the A‑Class, the interior architecture is shaped in particular by the design of the dashboard: The designers completely dispensed with a cowl above the cockpit. As a result, the wing-shaped main body of the dashboard extends from one front door to the other with no visual discontinuity. The widescreen display is completely free-standing.

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“The latest version of voice control for MBUX – the Mercedes-Benz User Experience – can be experienced in the new CLA. For example, the voice assistant ‘Hey Mercedes’ is able to recognise and answer considerably more complex queries,” says Govender.

 By recognising movements MBUX Interior Assist brings added intelligence to the interior. Thanks to innovative technology, MBUX now supports the occupants by making various comfort and MBUX functions even simpler and more intuitive. Interior Assist operates in non-contact mode and functions both in sunlight and in complete darkness.

It enables the adaptation of screen content as soon as a hand approaches the touchscreen in the dashboard or the touchpad on the centre console, for example. Individual elements are highlighted according to the currently active menu. In addition, the system is able to distinguish between the driver’s and front passenger’s wishes and thus knows for whose seat the massage function is to be activated, for example.

On the way to series production, the aerodynamics of the new CLA underwent a considerably longer phase of optimisation than its predecessor in the form of simulations, the result being a Cd value of 0,24.

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The film on the new Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupé: "Follow your rules." – What really matters in life

The CLA has the very latest driving assistance systems with cooperative driver support, with functions adopted from the S‑Class. For the first time, the CLA is able to drive semi-autonomously in certain situations. To do this, it keeps a close eye on the traffic situation. Improved camera and radar systems allow it to see up to 500 metres ahead.

The CLA also uses map and navigation data for assistance functions. For example, Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC as part of the optional Driving Assistance Package is able to provide route-based support to the driver in numerous situations, and to predictively and conveniently adjust the speed, e.g. when approaching bends, junctions or roundabouts.

The new CLA comes with enhanced Active Brake Assist as standard. Depending on the situation, it can effectively help to mitigate the consequences of rear-end collisions with slower-moving, stopping or stationary vehicles ahead, and even with crossing pedestrians and cyclists, or to prevent them altogether.

 Active Lane Keeping Assist is able to warn the driver by means of pulsed vibrations in the steering wheel when the vehicle is unintentionally drifting out of its lane at speeds between 60 km/h and 200 km/h. If the vehicle passes over a solid line, it can pull the vehicle back into lane by applying the brakes on one side. In the case of a dotted line, such intervention takes place only when there is a danger of collision with a vehicle in the adjacent lane (including danger from oncoming traffic).

 PRE-SAFE PLUS can recognise an imminent rear-end collision. If the danger of a collision persists, the system can also firmly apply the brakes of the stationary vehicle, thus lowering the risk of injuries by reducing the forward jolt caused by an impact from the rear.

 Technical data at a glance

  Mercedes-Benz CLA 200 Mercedes-Benz CLA 220d
Engine 1332cc/L4 1991/L4
Output(kW) 120 140
Peak torque(Nm) 250 400
Transmission Automatic Automatic
Fuel consumption –

combined

5.3 – 5.6 I/100 km³ 6.5 – 6.7 I/100 km³
CO2 emissions – combined 122-129 138-141
Retail price (ZAR)                   R570 500 R612 800

 

Sedan style for Merc A-Class

In the interests of safety, many business users of cars prefer a sedan with a locking luggage space that completely hides the contents – and Mercedes-Benz has now expanded the A-Class range to include the 200 and 250 sedan versions.

The A-Class Sedan has dynamic proportions, with short overhangs at both the front and rear, however still manages good rear headroom space. The new A-Class Sedan also features the new MBUX – Mercedes-Benz User Experience multimedia system, which ushers in a new era for Mercedes me connectivity.

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Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan, V177, 2018

With a Cd value of 0,22 and a frontal area of 2,19 m², the new A-Class Sedan has the lowest aerodynamic drag of all production vehicles worldwide.

“The 2019 COTY winning A-Class Hatch continues to grow from strength to strength. The A-Class Hatch, launched late in 2018 has been joined in 2019 by the new B-Class, the new CLA and now the new A-Class Sedan,” says Selvin Govender, Marketing Director for Mercedes-Benz Cars South Africa. “The introduction of the A-Class Sedan enables the brand an opportunity to target different audience segments“.

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The A-Class Sedan offers above-average shoulder, elbow and headroom plus the easy access to the rear. It is at the top of its segment with regard to rear headroom (944 mm). The boot holds 420 litres and is designed for practical usability. The boot opening is large with a width of 950 mm and a diagonal of 462 mm between lock and lower edge of the rear window. This allows comfortable loading and unloading of larger luggage items.

 The new A-Class Sedan takes advantage of the favourable conditions provided by its long rear-end and minimised frontal area produce the good aerodynamic properties that are crucial in delivering low fuel consumption figures in real-life conditions.

Design measures include an extensive sealing concept (with sealing of the headlamp surroundings) as well as the nearly complete panelling of the underbody, which comprises the engine bay, the main floorpan, parts of the rear axle, the diffuser and other components.

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Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan, V177, 2018

The front and rear wheel spoilers were optimised specifically to route the air around the wheels as efficiently as possible. The rims and tyres also underwent aerodynamic fine-tuning.

Thanks to a range of wheels (17-inch to 19-inch wheels available), pronounced wheel arches, and slimline headlamps, the A-Class Sedan has a sporty stance on the road.

Inside, the centerpiece is a dashboard that dispenses with the traditional cowl to deliver a continuous surface from driver to passenger windows while the media display floats freely above. The air vents in a sporty turbine look are another highlight.

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The ambient lighting enhances this effect, accentuating the free-floating impression of the substructure. The 64 colours of the optional ambient lighting make five times as many colours available than before.

The fully free-standing cockpit is available in two versions: standard with two 7-inch displays (17.78 cm) or Optional with two 10,25-inch displays.

 One can access the multimedia system in a variety of ways: Touchpad, Touchscreen, Touch Control buttons on the steering wheel — or even through Voice Control using every day, conversational language, which is activated with the keyword ‘Hey Mercedes’. All the while, artificial intelligence learns about driving habits and preferences over time, ensuring that the A-Class Sedan more and more suits your style every time you take the wheel.

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Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan, V177, 2018

For the first time, the A-Class is able to drive semi-autonomously in certain situations. To do this, it keeps a close eye on the traffic situation: improved camera and radar systems allow it to see up to 500 metres ahead.

The A-Class also uses map and navigation data for assistance functions. For example, Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC as part of the Driving Assistance Package is able to provide route-based support to the driver in numerous situations, and to predictively and conveniently adjust the speed, such as when approaching bends, junctions or roundabouts.

The new A-Class comes with expanded Active Brake Assist as standard. Depending on the situation, it can effectively help to mitigate the consequences of rear-end collisions with slower-moving, stopping or stationary vehicles ahead, and even with crossing pedestrians and cyclists, or prevent them altogether.

Active Lane Keeping Assist is able to warn the driver by means of pulsed vibrations in the steering wheel when the vehicle is unintentionally drifting out of its lane at speeds between 60 km/h and 200 km/h.

PRE-SAFE PLUS can recognise an imminent rear-end collision. If the danger of a collision persists, the system can also firmly apply the brakes of the stationary vehicle, thus minimising the risk of injuries by reducing the forward jolt caused by an impact from the rear.

 The A‑Class Sedan is available in two variants – the A 200 and the A 250 Sport, with the diesel model expected in South Africa in 2020. Both models benefit from new engines. The A 200 with the M282 engine is powered by a 1,33-litre unit, which generates 120 kW and 250 Nm of torque with a 7G‑DCT dual-clutch transmission.

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Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan, V177, 2018

The M260 2,0-litre engine of the A 250 Sport generates 165 kW and 350 Nm, and is available with the 7G-DCT dual-clutch transmission. New features for both engines include CAMTRONIC for the intake camshaft, and particulate filter as standard.

There is a choice of suspension systems for the A-Class, depending on engine variant and driver preference.

The suspension with adjustable damping offers this exciting spectrum. The DYNAMIC SELECT rocker in the centre console selects the program and characteristics: ‘Eco’, ‘Comfort’ or ‘Sport’.

Technical data at a glance

  Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan 200 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan 250 Sport
Engine 1332/4 1991/4
Output (kW) 120 165
Peak torque (Nm) 250 350
Transmission Automatic Automatic
Fuel consumption –

Combined (1/100km)

5.4-5.2 6.7-6.5
CO2 emissions – combined (g/km) 124-119 153-148
Retail price (ZAR) R533 400 R604 800

 

It’s baack. . .

Like Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Isuzu D-Max X-Rider Black is back – for a limited time only.

The double cab 4×2 based on the 2,5-litre diesel D-Max is painted exclusively in the Black Meet Kettle body colour, which gives this special model a distinctive appearance in conjunction with the extensive list of unique features incorporated in the standard X-Rider package.

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“The Isuzu X-Rider Black is my favourite vehicle on our production line,” says Natasha Schultz, an Isuzu Motors South Africa assembly line operator who fits wiring harnesses on the D-Max production line. “I can see myself driving this black beauty, it stands out on the line. I am happy to see it back in our product portfolio and I know our customers will be happy to see it in our showrooms!”

Product Communications Manager, Nandi Matomela, says: “The X-Rider Black was reintroduced for a limited period after high demand from customers since the run out of the previous edition.”

Available only as a 4×2 double cab, the X-Rider Black is aimed squarely at the leisure market.

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“It is bold, stylish and in your face. The X-Rider Black is for people who want to stand out in the urban jungle. It brings all the familiar Isuzu attributes of rugged reliability but will not look out of place parked in an upmarket urban-setting,” says Dominic Rimmer, IMSA Executive Technical Services.

The X-Rider Black offers added value with an extensive list of standard features and accessories. The package includes a bold black front bumper guard, projector headlamps with integrated LED daytime running lights, as well as front fog lamps and 18-inch black alloy wheels with red Isuzu badges.

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The tyres are 255/60R18 All Terrain Tyres from General Tyre. The black theme continues with matt black roof rails, black side steps and a black sports bar. The X-Rider Black also comes with a factory fitted tonneau cover and a 2,1 tonne towbar.

The D-MAX cabin gets the X-Rider treatment with standard black leather seats featuring red stitching on the bolsters and the ‘X-Rider’ logo embroidered on the headrest. Red stitching is also used for the leather-trimmed steering wheel which has a red Isuzu badge.

Piano black trim on the vents, radio and front console give the cabin a modern and sophisticated touch, with the same treatment used on the door trim inserts that incorporate a red ‘X’ in keeping with the theme.

An 8-inch AX2 touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth for audio streaming and handsfree calling is available as standard.

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Drive is taken care of by a 2,5 litre, 4-cylinder, 16 valve high pressure turbo-charged diesel engine mated ith a 5-speed manual gear box. Power remains unchanged at 100 kW from 3 400 r/min  with 320 Nm of torque between 1 800 r/min and 2 800 r/min.

Fuel consumption is 7.7 l/100 km on the combined cycle, with 203 g/km of CO2 emissions.

The X-Rider Black has a high level of active and passive safety features which include Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD), Brake-Assist System (BAS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with Traction Control, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), driver and passenger crash bags, and Side-Impact Protection Bars.

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The Isuzu bakkie range comes standard with Isuzu Complete Care, comprising a five-year/120 000 km bumper-to-bumper warranty and Isuzu Roadside Assistance, a five-year/unlimited km anti-corrosion warranty and a five-year/90 000 km Service Plan. Service intervals are every 15 000 km/12 months.

Extended cover can be purchased for Roadside Assistance, Service Plans and Maintenance Plans.

The X-Rider Black is priced at R462 000.00 including VAT and is available at Isuzu dealerships nationwide.

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