Bad news for those looking to buy a Mercedes-Benz A 200 AMG Line – the middle child of the local A-Class lineup is now RM3,000 more expensive, retailing at RM208,888 on-the-road without insurance. Prices of the other two models, the A 180 Urban Line and the A 250 AMG Line, remain unchanged at RM195,888 and RM238,888 respectively.

For the extra outlay, you get the same specifications and equipment as before, including LED High Performance headlights, the AMG Line’s sportier bumpers and side skirts, a diamond grille with chrome pins, 18-inch AMG multi-spoke alloy wheels and a stiffer sports suspension that lowers the ride height by 15 mm.

Inside, there’s an AMG flat-bottomed steering wheel, faux carbon fibre dash trim, Artico faux leather and Dinamica microfibre upholstery with red stitching and alloy pedals. Standard kit includes power-adjustable front seats with memory, manual air-conditioning, Active Parking Assist, a reverse camera, a Dynamic Select driving mode selector and a basic Audio 20 CD infotainment system with an eight-inch Media Display.

Power comes from a 1.6 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine that develops 156 hp at 5,300 rpm and 250 Nm from 1,250 to 4,000 rpm. Drive is sent to the front wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

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