Mukula unleashes Shs200m black Mercedes  

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Mukula's ride

Mike Mukula, the National Vice Chairman NRM Eastern region, has unleashed a “monster ride” on social media, getting his followers talking.

The Chairman Pan African Movement, Fellow of Harvard, Entrepreneur etc, shared the picture of his new Mercedes Benz [black series] on Saturday evening.

Edge.ug tried to reach Mukula for a chat about the new ride in his parking lot. There was also a metallic white set of wheels just beside the black Mercedes.

The NRM bigwig told us he was unable to talk at the moment because he was attending a funeral ceremony of his friend’s mother in Nyakach -Kisumu County in Kenya.

He was accompanied by Governor Anyang Nyongo who carried the condolence message from Mukula’s friend and “brother” Rt Hon Raila Odinga, the Kenyan opposition leader.

Mercedes-Benz A-class

According to Wikipedia’s latest pricing and specifications for the 2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class, prices range from $38700 [Shs143m] to $59190 [Shs219m].

According to car websites, Mercedes is imbuing the tiny Benz with tons of tech and luxury, making it a legitimate baby sib to the mighty S-class.

Its clean and aggressive exterior styling is offset by an upscale, roomy interior highlighted by high-tech TFT displays and a nifty voice-recognition system.

The ride is comfortable, but the A-class is always ready to play. One engine is offered, but AMG-tuned models are inevitable.

Mukula’s parking lot

In 2012, Mercedes-Benz decided to turn the A-class from a high-roof hatchback (with a sandwich-floor layout designed for electrification) into a much lower, wider, and longer compact car with decidedly sporting aspirations.

At the time, the move seemed slightly counterintuitive. But it has proved to be the correct decision: The current A-class has become a huge global success, it has spawned an entire family of models including the CLA and the GLA, and it has rejuvenated the brand’s image considerably among younger clientele.

Inside the car

According to Motors.co.uk, new Mercedes A-Class 2018 was unveiled in February this year at a launch event in Amsterdam, revealing its updated design, specs and technology on-board.

The grille is reshaped and is flanked by a new headlight signature that sits at the bottom of the flatter and wider bonnet.

Due to the larger wheelbase the car has a more dominant presence from the front.

Its bumper and air intakes are also changed along with a sharp new light design.

The rear is now significantly more modern than the previous generation and it’s a much-needed improvement.

Due to the baby Mercedes’ increased proportions there is better head, shoulder and elbow room, entry to rear seats and 29-litres more bootspace – taking the total to 370-litres.

The left screen on the dual displays replaces the driver’s instrument cluster on the left and offers an infotainment and navigation on the right.

Together the screens, measuring up to 10.25 inches (26 cm) each, blend together under a shared glass cover.

A new ambient lighting system with 64 different colours helps to personalise the interior.

Powering the new car is a choice of three engines – two petrol and one diesel.

The petrol engines come in 1.4-litres and 2.0-litre displacements offering 160 bhp and 250 Nm and 221 bhp and 350 Nm of power respectively.

The car’s suspension is improved at both the front and rear and active damping assistant with electric control has been included.

An optional extra on the car is the 4MATIC all—wheel-drive system which should help to better transfer power from the wheels to the road.

Due to the inclusion of a number of driver assistance and safety systems the new A-Class is able to drive semi-autonomously in certain situations.

Mercedes claim that the new A-Class has the highest safety standard in its segment due to inclusions such as Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC and Active Steering Assist and the Active Emergency Stop Assist and Active Lane Change Assist.

Another new features is PRE-SAFE PLUS which can recognise an imminent rear-end collision and prevent it from happening.

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