We’ve known for a while that a diesel derivative was set to join the local Mercedes-Benz A-Class range early in 2019, but now we have pricing for this model. And, rather interestingly, it’s the A200d that’s coming to South Africa … and not the A180d as we earlier suspected.

Yes, the local A-Class range will swell to three variants with the arrival of the A200d, which will join the A200 and A250 offered from launch. The new model employs a 2,0-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel worth 110 kW and 320 N.m. Interestingly, this oil-burning derivative uses an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, while the aforementioned petrol models feature seven-speed items.

The Stuttgart-based brand says its A200d will sprint from standstill to 100 km/h in 8,1 seconds, before topping out at an electronically limited 220 km/h. CO2 emissions come in at 113 g/km, while claimed fuel economy is a touch over 4,0 L/100 km.

So, how much cash are we looking at here? Well, the A200d will start at R536 000, which places it between the A200 and A250.

For the record, the A180d that is seemingly not destined for local shores makes use of a 1,5-litre turbodiesel engine mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. This unit is worth 85 kW and 260 N.m, with a claimed 10,5-second sprint to three figures.