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Mercedes-Benz can be credited with inventing several niches in the auto market recently, most notably with the CLS and CLA four-door coupes (and their Shooting Brake/wagon variants). However, the German firm fell behind the competition in the smaller sedan market. While Audi has been selling the A3 Sedan since 2013 and BMW recently introduced the 1 Series Sedan in China, Stuttgart has yet to launch a similar offering. But, this will end soon and the Concept A Sedan that Mercedes unveiled at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show proves that a four-door smaller than the CLA is in the works.
As you might have already guessed from the name, the Concept A Sedan previews a sedan version of the familiar A-Class. However, the production model won’t arrive until the fourth-generation hatchback is launched, which should happen in a couple of years. Although Mercedes-Benz didn’t actually confirm the A-Class sedan, the concept is described as “an outlook of the next generation of compact vehicles and a potential new body type.” Take this statement and the fact that both Audi, and BMW have cars in this segment, and the A-Class sedan is pretty certain to happen.
As with all concepts, the Concept A Sedan is rather futuristic compared to the current-generation A-Class. While the front bumper and grille are very familiar, the styling is decidedly sportier and has an AMG-GT vibe to it. In the company’s own words, the concept “shows that the time of creases is over” and is “the next milestone of ’Sensual Purity’ and has the potential to introduce a new design era.”
All told, the show car could very well preview the design of the upcoming A-Class hatchback before finding its way onto the production sedan. On the other hand, I wouldn’t bet on them being as aggressive as the concept. I also don’t expect the UV-treated headlamps, which “glow” in different colors depending on light, to become a production feature.
However, Mercedes gives us a few hints as to how large this compact sedan will be. At 179.9 inches long and 73.6 inches wide, it’s almost 11 inches longer and 3.5 inches wider than the current A-Class sedan. Compared to the CLA, it’s only three inches shorter, but 3.5 inches wider. As expected, it slots right below the CLA, but the production model will probably be a bit shorter than the concept. On the other hand, a similar length could work as the CLA is marketed as a four-door coupe, while the A-Class sedan will be sold as a conventional four-door.
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Mercedes is on a mission to replace its models every six years or so. So, with the current generation A-Class turning four years old for 2016, it was no surprise to us when we saw the next-gen prototype putting in some work somewhere in Europe. It’s been a few weeks, but like clockwork, Mercedes was out playing around again, but this time, it was playing in the upcoming Mercedes-AMG A43. As of now, the prototype is in the very early stages, so there’s lots of camo and padding, a pair of decoy taillights in the rear, and a very fake radiator grille. But, that isn’t to say that we can’t identify some of the changes we can expect when the model does shed its prototype skin.
It has also been rumored that the A-Class would be offered in two different body styles. There will, of course, be the five-door hatch, but Mercedes is also said to be considering a four-door sedan. So far, there has been zero confirmation as to whether that A-Class sedan will ever become a reality, and we’ve yet to see it stretching its wheels, so look at that rumor with plenty of skepticism for now. What we can tell you is that, regardless of whether or not the A-Class will come in a new body style, the next-gen model will bring some evolutionary changes.
Mercedes still has some work to do before this prototype is officially production-ready, but let’s take the time to look over it and see what we can make out so far.
The Mercedes-AMG A45 has only been around for a couple of years and yet, it’s already been the recipient of a facelift. That’s what happens when you belong in a segment as competitive as the premium hot hatchback market. As competitive as automakers like Mercedes, Audi, and BMW are, the same holds true for aftermarket tuners, especially those who specialize in any of these three German brands. Such is the case with Posaidon, which is following up the release of its RS850+ tuning kit for the Mercedes-AMG E 63 by introducing the RS450+ program for Mercedes’ resident performance hatch. The tuner claims that it can squeeze out 500 horsepower and 409 pound-feet of torque out of the AMG A45’s turbo four engine, making it one of the most powerful kits for the AMT hatch.
Posaidon may not be as much of a household name as Brabus when it comes to Mercedes tuning, but it does have a penchant for delivering the goods. It proved as much when it presented the RS850+ program last month and this particular program has the tools to be a worthy follow-up. There’s not much in the way of other upgrades for the AMG A45, but there is that impressive engine upgrade, which ought to be worth the price of the whole kit considering how much extra power it can provide to performance-hungry owners of the hot hatch.
The tuner does have other services to offer, most of which are available on a per request basis. That might not be an ideal setup for some owners, but for those looking to really customize their AMG A45s to fit their personalities, it’s a chance to really stamp some identity into those premium performance hatchbacks.
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The third-generation A-Class has been around for only five years as of 2017, but Mercedes-Benz is already working on a brand-new model. That’s not exactly surprising though, as the Germans are looking to replace each model after a six-year cycle in the future. This means that a new A-Class should arrive for the 2018 model year, and you shouldn’t be surprised that the Stuttgart-based company is already testing the fourth-generation model on public roads.
Spotted stretching its wheels somewhere in Southern Europe, the upcoming compact appears to be in its early testing phase based on the heavy amount of camouflage covering its body. And even though some elements are far from finalized, the prototype provides quite a few hints about the changes Mercedes-Benz made to the hatchback.
The interesting thing about the upcoming A-Class, aside from the usual upgrades involving sportier looks, a refined, roomier interior, and more powerful and efficient engines, is that Mercedes is rumored to be considering two body styles. The five-door hatch could be joined by a four-door sedan, but this information has yet to be confirmed. Word also has it that it could be a China-model only.
We should find out more about that in due time, including specific details about a public debut. The fourth-gen A-Class is expected to break cover at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, but we’ll be back to update this date as soon as we get confirmation. Meanwhile, have a look at my speculative review for more info on the new compact.
Updated 02/17/2017: The upcoming Mercedes A-Class was caught testing once again, this time revealing part of the interior.
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A while back, Mercedes-AMG released a body kit for the C-Class that brought a new front spoiler, side skirts, and rear diffuser, among other things. Due to the overwhelming success of the offering, Mercedes-AMG as decided to expand its offering to the A-Class – specifically the A 250 Sport 4MATIC and other A-Class models equipped with AMG-Line.
These new panels are designed by AMG to offer a unique and individual look for the little hatch and are now available for purchase and installation at all Mercedes dealerships. Due to the overall design of the body kit, installation is very simple, thus, less time consuming. Because of how they are made, they come from the factory with a gloss-black finish and don’t require any painting. There are five parts available in total, all available for individual purchase depending on customer interest.
The body kit offering will eventually extend to other Mercedes models like the C-Class Cabriolet and the CLA saloon sometime in the middle of this year. Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, though, let’s take a look at the A-Class with the full body kit installed and talk a little about what it offers in terms of uniqueness and individuality.
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The 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show has come to an end, but that doesn’t mean that it is dead just yet. If you’re like me, taking a journey to another country for an auto show just doesn’t fit well in the budget. Then again, who needs to do that when people like Chris Harris put together short and interesting videos that give us a glimpse into what we aren’t able to experience for ourselves.
This video by Chris showcases various models like the 2016 Ford Focus RS, and the 2015 Porsche Mission E concept, among others from BMW, Volkswagen and Lamborghini to name a few. Of course, watching a video of cars doing nothing but looking gorgeous can get boring pretty quick, but that won’t happen here, because in the middle of the video, we get to see Chris review the 2015 Mercedes-AMG A45 as he slides around the track.
The 2015 Mercedes-AMG A45 is one quick hatchback. Far from cheap, it starts out at nearly $63,000, but comes with a segment-topping 381 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. As you’ll see in the video, it hits 62 mph (100 kph) in a mere 4.2 seconds. The A45 isn’t the only interesting thing you’ll see in the video, though. Just wait until you see how big BMW’s display is. Enjoy!
Mercedes-Benz took the wraps of a mildly face-lifted version of the A-Class hatchback designed to keep the car fresh for another two to three years. The 2016 Mercedes A-Class Faceilft reconciles, according to the car maker, “sporty performance and enhanced comfort.”
The way it does that by offering a wide range of engines, from frugal and weak diesel units, all the way up to a 380 horsepower in the new A45 AMG model. What’s more, the new generation A-Class also boasts a tailored version of the DYNAMIC SELECT system which allows the driver to change the characteristic of the car at the touch of a button. Usually all these systems do is make the car more uncomfortable, but Mercedes promises their work more profoundly than that.
Looks-wise, the 2016 Mercedes A-Class Facelift comes with a diamond grille, new LED High Performance headlamps (optional extra; standard for A 45) and newly designed rear lights with exhaust tailpipes integrated into the bumper. Inside, you get a new instrument cluster of tubular design, a large main display, and new colors and materials such as Sahara Beige / black leather in the Exclusive package.
The engine lineup for the 2016 A-Class starts with the 80 kW (109 hp) A 180 d SE that does 3.5 liter/100 km, and goes up to 130 kW (177 hp) A 220 d, 160 kW (218 hp) A 250 AMG 4MATIC, and tops out with the 280 kW (381 hp) A 45 AMG 4MATIC. A 7G-DCT dual clutch transmission is standard across the range.
Electric turbocharging is biggest trend going right when it comes to engine innovation, and now Mercedes-AMG is considering the new technology for use in future small-displacement, high-output engines in compact cars, including the next CLA 45 AMG.
The current 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG produces an enormous 360 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque from its traditionally turbocharged 2.0-liter engine. Not exactly lacking, but Mercedes-AMG compact car boss, Steffen Jastrow, recently told Auto Express that more power is needed and electric turbos are likely the way forward for compact AMGs.
“Of course we need more power for the next-generation of cars, but electrification does not mean we have to use an electric drivetrain,” says Jastrow. “They have to be faster and e-turbos are an option. We use them in motorsport, but the technology has to be payable for the customer.”
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Launched about a couple of years ago, the Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG is about to receive a facelift for the 2016 model year. The hot-hatch was spotted testing somewhere in Germany recently, a hint that it might make its public debut by the end of 2015.
Much like the facelifted A-Class, the new A45 AMG will have only minor changes. Although not yet visible on this prototype, it should receive a new bumpers, revised headlamp and taillight clusters, and bigger front intakes. All told, the facelift will be as aggressive as its predecessor on the outside. Inside the cabin, changes will likely be limited to a revised instrument cluster, updated tech, and maybe a slightly rearranged center console layout.
More important modifications should take place under the hood. Word has it AMG will not only update the current 2.0-liter four-pot, but launch an S model as well. While the standard model might get bumped to as much as 375 horsepower, 20 horses more than the current car, the A45 AMG S could deliver some 400 horsepower, which would be enough to make Volkswagen’s upcoming Golf R400 feel uncomfortable.
With the A-Class set to break cover at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, I expect the A45 AMG to arrive sometime in the fourth quarter of the year. There’s no word as to whether Mercedes will finally bring it to the U.S. or not. You’d better keep them fingers crossed.
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The current A-Class shares its platform with the GLA, a crossover; the B-Class, a small minivan; the CLA, a four-door coupe; and the CLA Shooting Brake, a sporty station wagon, thanks to the modularity of the MFA (Modular Front-wheel-drive Architecture) platform. What the A-Class no longer has is a three-door version, unlike its previous generation. That may change with the second generation of the MFA platform, when the three-door A-Class will finally get a replacement in the shape of a small coupe ready to take on the Audi TT.
Oddly enough, when Mercedes-Benz unveiled the Concept A-Class, it chose to use a three-door body, even though the production A-Class only came as a five-door. Merc decided to keep it more simple with the latest A-Class, probably fearing that such a model might take sales form the “baby-CLS”, a.k.a. the CLA. Now that the CLA is coming of age and everyone sees it as a standalone model, Autocar thinks that Mercedes-Benz will introduce a two-door coupe to accompany it against both the TT and the future BMW 2 Series Coupe.
The British magazine says that the plan is currently at the drawing board stage, even though Dieter Zetsche, Daimler’s CEO, is allegedly a fervent supporter of such a model. Sporting a 2+2 configuration with either front-wheel drive or AWD for the more powerful versions, the small Mercedes-Benz coupe could also spawn a roadster version to go against the TT Roadster and an unconfirmed BMW Z2 Roadster.
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The three-year-old Mercedes-Benz A-Class is about to receive a mid-cycle refresh, even though it has been on the market for such a short time. A facelifted prototype of the model has been spied inside and out, and some parts of its refreshed interior are obvious under the light camouflage. As you can see, the refreshed model will feature a new design for the steering wheel, and some parts of the center console will receive improved trim and new interior LED lighting.
The model’s exterior will have fewer restyled features though, as Mercedes-Benz decided to operate on the A-Class’ specifications and overall technical package instead of going for an overly visual refresh. Since the Audi RS3 has recently dethroned the A45 AMG as the world’s most powerful hot-hatch, it is expected that the the Merc will get a more powerful version of the turbocharged, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder it is equipped with.
Keeping in line with the recent Mercedes-AMG strategy, when it comes to both nomenclature and model lineup, the facelifted A45 AMG will likely get two versions, along with a name change. The base model will be renamed Mercedes-AMG A45 and will feature an engine that develops around 380 horsepower, while the more-powerful A45 S is expected to come with over 400 horsepower, just like AMG boss Tobias Moers hinted in 2013. Both the AMG and the regular A-Class should be unveiled in September, at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.
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