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PostHeaderIcon Shocker: Mercedes Will Take on the BMW X2 with the Next-Gen GLA Class

Mercedes-Benz just unveiled the new A-Class at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show and set a new benchmark in the class. Sportier than ever and with features borrowed from the CLS, the new A-Class has the most luxurious interior in this segment and a range of powerful but also fuel-efficient engines. Not surprisingly, the Germans now want to take advantage of the new design and platform by creating another seven models, including a competitor for the BMW X2.

PostHeaderIcon Mercedes to Join Volvo, Cadillac, and Porsche in the Car Subscription Business with the “Mercedes me Flexperience” Subscription Program

Mercedes-Benz is joining a host of other automakers in offering a new kind of ownership experience that will allow customers to drive the car of their dreams without actually owning them. Just like Volvo, Cadillac, and Porsche, the German automaker is in the final stages of developing a pilot program for a flat-rate vehicle subscription service, called “Mercedes me Flexperience.” The goal of this is service is to offer an alternative way to “owning” a Mercedes without actually having to buy it outright. The program is already available in a few countries, but it could also find its way into the U.S. as early as this year.

PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG A35 Sedan

After four years with the Audi A3 Sedan being the only four-door on the premium compact market, Mercedes-Benz decided its time to jump in with a three-box version of the popular A-Class. The company’s smallest sedan made its debut in concept form at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show and the Germans were quick to confirm that a production version is in the making. With the fourth-generation hatchback just unveiled for 2018, the sedan is only months away from an official unveiling. And alongside the standard model, we’ll also get the potent AMG A45, and according to recent spy shots, a milder AMG variant too. The latter is rumored to be called the AMG A35 and it will take on the Audi S3 Sedan.

While the new A-Class is spectacular in just about every department and sports the most beautiful interior in the compact market, the really big news about the A-Class Sedan is that it will be a global vehicle. When the unveiling took place in Shanghai, I was almost certain that the German sedan will follow in the footsteps of the BMW 1 Series Sedan, which is only available in China as of 2018. But Merc has big plans for the A-Class and has already confirmed that the sedan will be sold in the U.S. The regular model should be followed by both AMG versions, including this one. Before we dig in, I want to stress that the A35 nameplate is by no means official. Last year, the less potent AMG was rumored to get an A40 badge, so it could be anything at this point.

Continue reading to learn more about the Mercedes-AMG A35.

Exterior

  • CLS-Inspired Front End
  • Sportier Nose
  • Aggressive Bumper
  • 19-Inch Wheels
  • Coupe-Style roof
  • A Proper Decklid
  • Optional Multibeam LED Lights

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“The aggressive design of the headlamps will make the A-Class Sedan looks like a shrunken CLS up front”

The sporty sedan is hidden under a lot of camo, but having already seen the hatchback model, the exterior design isn’t much of a mystery. The Concept A Sedan also provides a few solid hints as far as the profile and the rear section goes. As for the front fascia, it should be identical to the standard hatchback model, save for the AMG-style add-ons.

The new, aggressive design of the headlamps will make the A-Class Sedan looks like a shrunken CLS up front (expect the next CLA to get similar cues). The main grille will also be based on the CLS in terms of shape and size. The spy shots confirm that it will be wider toward the bottom and take inspiration from the AMG GT’s Panamericana grille. But while the standard A-Class uses the diamond radiator layout with silver horizontal bars on each side of the tri-star emblem, the AMG A35 will probably get a black mesh.

The bumper shouldn’t be significantly more aggressive than the regular A-Class. I’m actually pretty sure that the intakes will keep their original size, with the extra sportiness to come from a slightly bigger splitter and mildly revised side bumper elements.


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“The most noticeable change will occur onto the sides, as the A-Class will gain a sedan body style”

The most noticeable change will occur onto the sides, as the A-Class will gain a sedan body style for the very first time. The car will remain familiar from the nose to the C-pillar, but rear section will be longer due to the three-box style layout. But instead of a boxy, traditional shape, the A-Class sedan will have a coupe-style roofline and a sloping decklid. In other words, it will be very similar to the CLA. Both the decklid and the rear overhang will be kept short, so the sedan won’t be significantly longer than the hatchback.

Around back, the camouflaged taillights seem to be similar to the hatchback model, as in large onto the fenders and thinner into the trunklid. However, due to the tailgate being transformed into a conventional trunklid, the taillights won’t be as long as the hatchback’s. And of course, they will be placed a tad lower in the fascia. The bumper appears to be slightly different, but it’s too early to draw a conclusion here as the sedan still sports prototype tailpipes.

Interior

  • Modern Interior Design
  • All-Digital Instrument Cluster
  • 10.5-Inch Infotainment Display
  • 64-Color Ambient Lighting
  • New MBUX Infotainment System
  • Revised Trunk Section

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Note: Mercedes-Benz A-Class hatchback pictured here.

“The A-Class sedan will have the most appealing interior of the compact market”

The Concept A Sedan didn’t provide any hints about the production model’s interior, but it’s safe to assume that the cabin will be identical to the new-generation hatchback. And this is great news, as the new A-Class is not only a gorgeous place to spend time in, but it’s also packed with the latest technology out there.

The big news is that it borrows some features from the bigger Mercedes models, setting a new standard in the premium compact segment. The wing-shaped, multi-tier dashboard comes in a two-tone finish and includes turbine-style A/C vents at each corner. More vents can be seen on the center stack, which has a clean, high-tech design.


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“Highlights will also include a brand-new MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) infotainment system”

The instrument cluster and infotainment display have the same layout as in the larger S-Class and CLS models. Although not placed under a big hood, they’re connected to each other creating the impression of a really long screen that stretches over the driver’s side half of the dashboard. Display options should be similar to the hatchback, with the range-topping model to get two 10.25-inch screens. It remains to be seen if this layout will be standard in the AMG A35 model though.

Highlights will also include a unique ambient lighting system with 64 colors and the brand-new MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) infotainment system. MBUX has ability to learn thanks to artificial intelligence and it can also be customized through augmented reality technology and intelligent voice control with natural speech recognition.


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“The sedan will also benefit from the extra room that comes with the fourth-generation hatchback”

The sedan will also benefit from the extra legroom, shoulder room, and headroom that comes with the fourth-generation hatchback. The layout in the rear section will remain unchanged for the sedan, although headroom might decrease a bit due to the sloping roof. Also expect it to get the optional seat climate control and the Multicontour Seat package with massage function for the front seats (a first in this segment).

Now that we’ve recapped the features of the new-generation A-Class, it’s time to take a look at what will set the AMG A35 model apart. To be honest, it won’t get that many special features. At least not as many as the range-topping AMG A45. A flat-bottom steering wheel and sportier seats are on the table, but don’t expect the leather upholstery to be standard. There won’t be any carbon-fiber trim either, as this option will be offered on the AMG A45 model only. Also look for a few AMG badges, special contrast stitching, and maybe a unique upholstery color.

Drivetrain

  • New 4-Cylinder Engine
  • Possible EQ Boost System
  • Up To 300 Horsepower
  • Automatic Transmission
  • All-Wheel Drive
  • Retuned Suspension and Chassis

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“The AMG A35 will probably get around 300 horsepower”

As the name suggests, the AMG A35 will slot below the beefed-up A45 and above the A250 model. The A45 is predicted to have close to 400 horsepower, while the new A250 features a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder rated at 224 horsepower, so it’s safe to assume that the AMG A35 will get around 300 horses. The engine that will deliver it is still a mystery though. While the 2.0-liter unit in the A250 would be able to send 300 horsepower to the wheels with an updated turbocharging system, Merc could go with a brand-new unit.

The German firm recently introduced a new engine with hybrid EQ Boost technology for the E53 and CLS53 range, so it makes sense for the A-Class model placed just below the hardcore A45 to use something similar. So Mercedes is probably already working to combine the new 2.0-liter four-cylinder with the company’s new EQ Boost starter-alternator.

“A hybrid system with EQ Boost similar to the AMG CLS53 is very likely”

The starter motor and alternator are combined in an electric unit that’s fitted between the engine and the transmission and turns the vehicle into a hybrid. The E53 and CLS53 models also have an electric auxiliary compressor that builds up a high charge pressure without any delay, which provides a faster increase in torque for acceleration until the large exhaust gas turbocharger kicks in.

In the aforementioned models, the EQ Boost delivers an extra 22 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. These figures could change for a four-cylinder model, but it should still provide at least 15 horses and 150 pound-feet. The gasoline engine should crank out around 280 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque, so the AMG A35 could end up with a cool 300 horses and at least 450 pound-feet under the hood.

The AMG badge should also come with a tweaked transmission and a bespoke suspension setup, but it won’t be as aggressive as the AMG A45’s.

Safety

  • State-Of-The-Art Safety Systems
  • Improved Camera And Radar System
  • Active Distance Assist
  • Active Brake Assist
  • Pre-Safe Plus Package
  • Airbags Front and Rear

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“The AMG A35 will be one of the most modern vehicle in its class in terms of safety features”

As it is the case with all Mercs, the AMG A35 will be one of the most modern vehicle in its class in terms of safety features. The impressive array of active and passive systems from the A-Class hatchback will most definitely make it into the sedan, starting with the car’s ability to keep a close eye on the traffic with an improved camera and radar systems that allow it to see up to 500 meters (0.3 miles) ahead. In conjunction with navigation data and Active Distance Assist Distronic, the sedan will be pretty close to a semi-autonomous vehicle.

Other features will include Active Emergency Stop Assist, Active Lane Change Assist, and Active Brake Assist as standard. The Pre-Safe Plus, found on larger models, will be offered as an option.

Passive features will include airbags for the driver and front passenger, a driver’s kneebag, and windowbags on both sides as standard. The latter also covers the A-pillar, a first in this segment. Thorax-pelvis sidebags are standard in the front and available as optional equipment for the rear passenger compartment.

Prices

With pricing for the new A-Class not available, it’s difficult to estimate a sticker for the sedan version, but it’s safe to assume that it won’t be significantly more expensive. My best guess is that the base model will come in at around €25,000, while the A250 wil start from around €38,000. The AMG A45 version is likely to come in at around €53,000, so I expect the AMG A35 to fetch about €44,000 before options. In the U.S., it will be probably cost a tad more than the Audi S3 Sedan, so look for a sticker of around $44,000 to $46,000.

Competition

Audi S3 Sedan


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Much like the Audi A3 was the first premium hatchback, the A3 Sedan was the first three-box vehicle to enter the premium segment. It happened in 2013 and it took more than four years to get a proper competitor. With the A-Class Sedan and the upcoming AMG A45 Sedan set to go against the regular A3 and RS3 respectively, the AMG A35 will take on the S3 Sedan version. Available since 2013 and updated in 2017, the S3 badge adds a handful of sporty features on the outside and extra equipment inside the cabin. But it’s the drivetrain that makes the S3 an appealing four-door, as the turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine cranks out an impressive 310 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. This output is available for U.S. cars with the seven-speed S tronic automatic transmission. In Europe, the manual version delivers 280 pound-feet. Sprinting from 0 to 60 mph takes less than five seconds, while top speed is limited to 155 mph. Pricing starts from $43,650.

Read our full review of the 2018 Audi S3 Sedan.

BMW 1 Series Sedan


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After years of rumors, BMW finally introduced a three-box body style for the 1 Series hatchback. Unfortunately, the German sedan comes with two issues. For starters, it was designed for the Chinese market only. This could change in the future, but for the time being, you can’t buy it anywhere else in the world, not even in Europe. Second, it has yet to receive a higher performance variant, so even if it comes to the U.S., it won’t be able to match the power of the Audi S3 and the Mercedes-AMG A35. Its most potent iteration is the 125i, which uses the familiar 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 231 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. It’s not exactly a slouch, but it’s a full two seconds slower from 0 to 60 mph.

Read our full story on the BMW 1 Series Sedan.

Conclusion


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Although I’m not a big fan of the current industry trends with all sorts of niche models, I’m actually glad that Mercedes is building a sedan version of the A-Class. The new hatchback is definitely hot and a four-door variant will enable drivers that can’t afford a big Merc (or not even a CLA) to surge into dealerships. A new AMG model placed between the A250 and the AMG A45 also makes sense given the 150+ horsepower gap between the two. An EQ Boost system would only make things better as the brand’s new hybrid technology will find its way into a more affordable model. Solid performance and good fuel economy, who would say no to such a package?

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PostHeaderIcon New Mercedes A-Class Hatchback Not Coming to the U.S.; You can Buy it in Canada though

Mercedes just unveiled the fourth-generation A-Class, and it goes without saying that it’s the sexiest, most technologically advanced compact hatchback on the market. The BMW 1 Series and Audi A3 are cool and all, but let’s face it, both look rather generic inside and out and are subpar when it comes to technology. Unfortunately, all of the above is irrelevant if you live in the U.S., as Mercedes-Benz isn’t planning on selling the hatchback Stateside.


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“Canada not only gets the bigger B-Class, but it will also get the brand-new A-Class.”

Okay, so it’s not exactly surprising since the A-Class never made it here up until now. But with the Infiniti Q30 already in showrooms and with rumors that BMW will bring the 1 Series to the U.S. soon, I was hoping Mercedes will change its mind. But no, the German firm still doesn’t want to sell hatchback in the U.S., And the decision is rather frustrating since the A-Class will make it to Canada. Yup, Canada not only gets the bigger B-Class, but it will also get the brand-new A-Class.

There is a bit of good news in this though. According to the brand’s Canadian president and CEO, the U.S. will get the sedan version of the new A-Class.

“Our U.S. colleagues have already confirmed that they will only sell the sedan version of the A-Class,” Brian D. Fulton, President, and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Canada, told The Truth About Cars. “Both hatchback and sedan versions will be available in Canada; we will share more information about the sedan later this year.”

As you may remember, Mercedes showcased a concept version of the A-Class sedan back in 2017. It’s supposed to compete against the Audi A3 Sedan, which is already available in the U.S., and the recently introduced BMW 1 Series Sedan, a China-only model as of this writing. The four-door A-Class could arrive in the U.S. by the end of 2018.

References

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PostHeaderIcon New Mercedes A-Class Hatchback Not Coming to the U.S.; You can Buy it in Canada though

Mercedes just unveiled the fourth-generation A-Class, and it goes without saying that it’s the sexiest, most technologically advanced compact hatchback on the market. The BMW 1 Series and Audi A3 are cool and all, but let’s face it, both look rather generic inside and out and are subpar when it comes to technology. Unfortunately, all of the above is irrelevant if you live in the U.S., as Mercedes-Benz isn’t planning on selling the hatchback Stateside.


New Mercedes A-Class Hatchback Not Coming to the U.S.; You can Buy it in Canada though - image 764966
“Canada not only gets the bigger B-Class, but it will also get the brand-new A-Class.”

Okay, so it’s not exactly surprising since the A-Class never made it here up until now. But with the Infiniti Q30 already in showrooms and with rumors that BMW will bring the 1 Series to the U.S. soon, I was hoping Mercedes will change its mind. But no, the German firm still doesn’t want to sell hatchback in the U.S., And the decision is rather frustrating since the A-Class will make it to Canada. Yup, Canada not only gets the bigger B-Class, but it will also get the brand-new A-Class.

There is a bit of good news in this though. According to the brand’s Canadian president and CEO, the U.S. will get the sedan version of the new A-Class.

“Our U.S. colleagues have already confirmed that they will only sell the sedan version of the A-Class,” Brian D. Fulton, President, and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Canada, told The Truth About Cars. “Both hatchback and sedan versions will be available in Canada; we will share more information about the sedan later this year.”

As you may remember, Mercedes showcased a concept version of the A-Class sedan back in 2017. It’s supposed to compete against the Audi A3 Sedan, which is already available in the U.S., and the recently introduced BMW 1 Series Sedan, a China-only model as of this writing. The four-door A-Class could arrive in the U.S. by the end of 2018.

References

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-Benz Debuts 2018 A-Class And Wants You To Feel All Warm And Gooey

Mercedes-Benz just dropped the camo on its latest A-Class model, showing the fresh four-door hatch in a special live-streamed debut event in Amsterdam. In addition to crisper lines outside and a totally new interior, the A-Class also comes packing with a huge number of new and updated technology features.

Continue reading for the full story.


The Full Story


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“Inside, the A-Class seeks to offer customers a top-tier luxury experience, similar to what you get in Merc's more-expensive models.”

Mercedes sold over 620,000 compact cars worldwide in 2017, so it’s not gonna be shy when it comes to keeping its entry-level segment feeling as fresh as possible. To that end, the new A-Class comes with a restyled exterior draped in the brand’s very latest design language. Up front, the fascia gains sharper headlight housings, a large bisected grille and diamond insert, plus a sleek profile. In back, there are triangular taillights and a diffuser element between a duo of trapezoidal exhaust tips.

Inside, the A-Class seeks to offer customers a top-tier luxury experience, similar to what you get in Merc’s more-expensive models. The extra refinement starts with better driveability and ride comfort courtesy of the increased torsional rigidity, which enables the suspension to do its work more efficiently.

Customers will also flock to the all-new interior design, which is dominated by two large screens on the dash. The latest infotainment features from Merc’s MBUX infotainment suite give it a smartphone-esque operation, as well as digital assistant voice command functions.

Mercedes says it’s the same tech that you’d get in Merc’s range-topping S-Class, which is surely a big selling point among younger buyers. Additional features include augmented reality, which uses screen overlays to show navigation instructions and other helpful info overlaid on a live camera feed (think big arrows pointing where to go).


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“Additional features include augmented reality, which uses screen overlays to show navigation instructions and other helpful info overlaid on a live camera feed (think big arrows pointing where to go).”

Two new features include expanded blind spot assist, which will remain active for three minutes after parking to help you keep an eye out for dangers, such as approaching cyclists. There’s also casual private car sharing, which lets you leave the key in the car for select friends and family, who then use an app to access the vehicle for a certain amount of time.

There will be three models offered to European buyers, starting with the A180d, which comes with 114 horsepower and a 1.5-liter diesel powerplant. Next is the A200, which gets a 1.4-liter gas engine making 160 horsepower, and finally the 2.0-liter A250 with 221 horsepower. We also fully expect an AMG iteration pumping out around 400 ponies sometime in the next year or so.

No word on stateside availability, but odds are Merc will simply lift it and sell it as a compact SUV.

References

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Read our full speculative review on the 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class.


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Read more Mercedes-Benz news.

PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-Benz Debuts 2018 A-Class And Wants You To Feel All Warm And Gooey

Mercedes-Benz just dropped the camo on its latest A-Class model, showing the fresh four-door hatch in a special live-streamed debut event in Amsterdam. In addition to crisper lines outside and a totally new interior, the A-Class also comes packing with a huge number of new and updated technology features.

Continue reading for the full story.


The Full Story


Mercedes-Benz Debuts 2018 A-Class And Wants You To Feel All Warm And Gooey - image 764854
“Inside, the A-Class seeks to offer customers a top-tier luxury experience, similar to what you get in Merc's more-expensive models.”

Mercedes sold over 620,000 compact cars worldwide in 2017, so it’s not gonna be shy when it comes to keeping its entry-level segment feeling as fresh as possible. To that end, the new A-Class comes with a restyled exterior draped in the brand’s very latest design language. Up front, the fascia gains sharper headlight housings, a large bisected grille and diamond insert, plus a sleek profile. In back, there are triangular taillights and a diffuser element between a duo of trapezoidal exhaust tips.

Inside, the A-Class seeks to offer customers a top-tier luxury experience, similar to what you get in Merc’s more-expensive models. The extra refinement starts with better driveability and ride comfort courtesy of the increased torsional rigidity, which enables the suspension to do its work more efficiently.

Customers will also flock to the all-new interior design, which is dominated by two large screens on the dash. The latest infotainment features from Merc’s MBUX infotainment suite give it a smartphone-esque operation, as well as digital assistant voice command functions.

Mercedes says it’s the same tech that you’d get in Merc’s range-topping S-Class, which is surely a big selling point among younger buyers. Additional features include augmented reality, which uses screen overlays to show navigation instructions and other helpful info overlaid on a live camera feed (think big arrows pointing where to go).


Mercedes-Benz Debuts 2018 A-Class And Wants You To Feel All Warm And Gooey - image 764833
“Additional features include augmented reality, which uses screen overlays to show navigation instructions and other helpful info overlaid on a live camera feed (think big arrows pointing where to go).”

Two new features include expanded blind spot assist, which will remain active for three minutes after parking to help you keep an eye out for dangers, such as approaching cyclists. There’s also casual private car sharing, which lets you leave the key in the car for select friends and family, who then use an app to access the vehicle for a certain amount of time.

There will be three models offered to European buyers, starting with the A180d, which comes with 114 horsepower and a 1.5-liter diesel powerplant. Next is the A200, which gets a 1.4-liter gas engine making 160 horsepower, and finally the 2.0-liter A250 with 221 horsepower. We also fully expect an AMG iteration pumping out around 400 ponies sometime in the next year or so.

No word on stateside availability, but odds are Merc will simply lift it and sell it as a compact SUV.

References

Mercedes-Benz A-Class


Mercedes-Benz Debuts 2018 A-Class And Wants You To Feel All Warm And Gooey - image 764835

Read our full speculative review on the 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class.


maker logos - image 743625

Read more Mercedes-Benz news.

PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-Benz Debuts 2018 A-Class And Wants You To Feel All Warm And Gooey

Mercedes-Benz just dropped the camo on its latest A-Class model, showing the fresh four-door hatch in a special live-streamed debut event in Amsterdam. In addition to crisper lines outside and a totally new interior, the A-Class also comes packing with a huge number of new and updated technology features.

Continue reading for the full story.


The Full Story


Mercedes-Benz Debuts 2018 A-Class And Wants You To Feel All Warm And Gooey - image 764854
“Inside, the A-Class seeks to offer customers a top-tier luxury experience, similar to what you get in Merc's more-expensive models.”

Mercedes sold over 620,000 compact cars worldwide in 2017, so it’s not gonna be shy when it comes to keeping its entry-level segment feeling as fresh as possible. To that end, the new A-Class comes with a restyled exterior draped in the brand’s very latest design language. Up front, the fascia gains sharper headlight housings, a large bisected grille and diamond insert, plus a sleek profile. In back, there are triangular taillights and a diffuser element between a duo of trapezoidal exhaust tips.

Inside, the A-Class seeks to offer customers a top-tier luxury experience, similar to what you get in Merc’s more-expensive models. The extra refinement starts with better driveability and ride comfort courtesy of the increased torsional rigidity, which enables the suspension to do its work more efficiently.

Customers will also flock to the all-new interior design, which is dominated by two large screens on the dash. The latest infotainment features from Merc’s MBUX infotainment suite give it a smartphone-esque operation, as well as digital assistant voice command functions.

Mercedes says it’s the same tech that you’d get in Merc’s range-topping S-Class, which is surely a big selling point among younger buyers. Additional features include augmented reality, which uses screen overlays to show navigation instructions and other helpful info overlaid on a live camera feed (think big arrows pointing where to go).


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“Additional features include augmented reality, which uses screen overlays to show navigation instructions and other helpful info overlaid on a live camera feed (think big arrows pointing where to go).”

Two new features include expanded blind spot assist, which will remain active for three minutes after parking to help you keep an eye out for dangers, such as approaching cyclists. There’s also casual private car sharing, which lets you leave the key in the car for select friends and family, who then use an app to access the vehicle for a certain amount of time.

There will be three models offered to European buyers, starting with the A180d, which comes with 114 horsepower and a 1.5-liter diesel powerplant. Next is the A200, which gets a 1.4-liter gas engine making 160 horsepower, and finally the 2.0-liter A250 with 221 horsepower. We also fully expect an AMG iteration pumping out around 400 ponies sometime in the next year or so.

No word on stateside availability, but odds are Merc will simply lift it and sell it as a compact SUV.

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PostHeaderIcon Watch the Mercedes A-Class Debut Here @ 1:00PM EST Today!

We won’t know the full details of the new A-Class until we see it debut live below, but based on the teasers and spy shots that we’ve seen, the German automaker seems to have taken a proactive approach in jazzing up the A-Class beyond its status as an entry-level model. The interior, in particular, looks less like a low-cost model and more like a premium model. The ambient lighting, floating widescreen, and touchpad control system on the center console are all signs of a well-provisioned interior. The new A-Class will also debut the automaker’s new User Experience multimedia system, which incorporates voice control, augmented reality, and artificial intelligence. When was the last time you saw an entry-level model this loaded in luxury and new-age tech?

Stay tuned for the live debut @ 1:00 EST Today.


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PostHeaderIcon Watch the Mercedes A-Class Debut Here @ 1:00PM EST Today!

We won’t know the full details of the new A-Class until we see it debut live below, but based on the teasers and spy shots that we’ve seen, the German automaker seems to have taken a proactive approach in jazzing up the A-Class beyond its status as an entry-level model. The interior, in particular, looks less like a low-cost model and more like a premium model. The ambient lighting, floating widescreen, and touchpad control system on the center console are all signs of a well-provisioned interior. The new A-Class will also debut the automaker’s new User Experience multimedia system, which incorporates voice control, augmented reality, and artificial intelligence. When was the last time you saw an entry-level model this loaded in luxury and new-age tech?

Stay tuned for the live debut @ 1:00 EST Today.


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PostHeaderIcon Watch the Mercedes A-Class Debut Here @ 1:00PM EST Today!

We won’t know the full details of the new A-Class until we see it debut live below, but based on the teasers and spy shots that we’ve seen, the German automaker seems to have taken a proactive approach in jazzing up the A-Class beyond its status as an entry-level model. The interior, in particular, looks less like a low-cost model and more like a premium model. The ambient lighting, floating widescreen, and touchpad control system on the center console are all signs of a well-provisioned interior. The new A-Class will also debut the automaker’s new User Experience multimedia system, which incorporates voice control, augmented reality, and artificial intelligence. When was the last time you saw an entry-level model this loaded in luxury and new-age tech?

Stay tuned for the live debut @ 1:00 EST Today.


References

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-Benz Previews New A-Class With Winter Testing: Video

As those of us in the Mid West and on the East Coast gear up for yet another major winter storm, it’s important to know that your ride can take the freezing temperatures and won’t leave you out in the cold. As such, all of the major automakers out there undergo extensive testing when it comes to cold weather proofing their models, and Mercedes-Benz is no different, bringing their products to Sweden before they hit the dealership floor. The above-featured 35-second clip is a quick glimpse at what goes into prep for oodles of the white stuff, including a little sideways drift action on a giant snowy skid pad, grip on an iced-over road, and extreme temperature tests that pelt the car with winds as frigid as -30 degrees Celsius (-22 degrees Fahrenheit). It’s a quick little video, but in addition to the winter testing stuff, it also affords us an opportunity to check out the new A-Class. The car in question is decked out in swirly camo, which means it’s a little tricky to pick out all the details, but more eagle-eyed readers can use it as an opportunity to preview the latest model year. It’s also worth noting that the car in the vid is the five-door hatchback body style, which won’t arrive on these shores (we’ll get the four-door sedan instead).

Are you excited for the new A-Class? Are you prepared for the impending storms? Let us know in the comments, and check out our recent “Getting Ready For Winter With FWD” article.


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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes Will Present Next-Gen Infotainment System at the 2018 CES

Mercedes-Benz will be in attendance at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, and a big part of its presentation will revolve around its new infotainment system. It’s called “Mercedes-Benz User Experience,” or MBUX for short. More importantly, the new system will feature state-of-the-art technology that’s based on artificial intelligence and an intuitive operating system that will create a “pioneering in-car experience.” Yes, Mercedes is bringing the future to CES. We can’t wait.

From a purely functional standpoint, Mercedes’ new MBUX infotainment system is next level business. The German automaker didn’t elaborate on all the technological wizardry that this system will have at its disposal, but throwing out phrases like “artificial intelligence” and “intuitive operating system” is a good sign that there’s more to this new unit than we first expected.

As far as aesthetics go, we already know what it’s going to look like based on images that were shared of the next-generation A-Class’ interior. We can expect a pair of 7-inch displays on standard units while higher-trim models stand to get a pair of 10.25-inch displays or one 7-inch and another 10.25-inch screen. It’s a markedly different setup from the traditional panels we’ve seen in the past.

The new MUBX will also be used on a number of other models apart from the A-Class. The B-Class MPV will also get it, as will the CLA four-door coupe, CLA Shooting Brake, GLA, and possibly another crossover that has yet to be named.

Expectations are high for the MUBX system and all of its promised features. Here’s to hoping that it lives up to all the hype.

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Mercedes A-Class Cabin Revealed – It’s a Hybrid!!!

Mercedes-Benz revealed several photos of the 2018 A-Class’ production-ready interior last week and we’ve noticed a rather important detail: it’s a hybrid and will have at least a 31-mile range on battery power.

The detail is seen by zooming into the 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster. Just below the tachometer is a battery range indicator showing 36km of range left on a roughly 75-percent charge. Do the conversion and that works out to 22.3 miles of range. That’s not bad for a three-quarters charge. At full charge, though, the A-Class could see a total electric range of roughly 31 miles. That’s more than enough for in-city commuting. Of course, the phrase “your mileage may vary” comes into play. Getting a full 31 miles to a charge will likely require a light foot and conscious driving. Still, the respectable range should be a big selling point for A-Class shoppers.

And speaking of buying, it’s likely Mercedes will debut the hybridized A-Class alongside its gasoline and diesel version at its launch. That would give customers at least three choices in the powertrain department, not to mention the possible FWD/AWD, transmission, and horsepower output combinations. Mercedes is expected to officially debut the 2018 A-Class sometime in the first half of 2018, with most indications pointing to the Geneva Auto Show in March.

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PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG A40

Mercedes is on a mission to replace its models every six years or so. So, with the current generation A-Class turning five years old as of 2017, it was no surprise to us when we saw the next-gen prototype putting in some work somewhere in Europe. Alongside the redesigned hatchback, Mercedes-Benz is also testing a new version of the AMG A45. More importantly, it seems that the German company wants to introduce a new model into the lineup. It’s reportedly called the AMG A40 and will slot below the familiar AMG A45.

As of June 2017, the prototype is still wrapped in lots of camo and padding, 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’s rather obvious that the next-gen A-Class will bring some evolutionary changes, all of which will find their way on the performance-oriented versions. The biggest news here is this new A40 trim, which will most likely be sold as an answer to the Audi S3 and BMW M140i. Until we get some official information, let’s have a closer look at what we already know about this hot hatch.

Update 10/23/2017: It’s only been a few weeks since we last so the Mercedes-AMG A40 out testing on the roads, and white as rain, it was caught in public again. Not a lot has changed, but there is something noteworthy to mention, so check out the spy shot section below for details.

Continue reading to learn more about the Mercedes-AMG A40.

Spy Shots

October 23, 2017 – On the Long Road to Production


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At this point, very little is changing on the Mercedes-AMG A40. When you combine that with the fact that we’re seeing it for the second time in less than a month, it’s safe to say that we’ll be seeing the official production model soon. As of now, most of the padding that originally covered the prototype has been removed, leaving just the camo to distract our eyes. On the other hand, the slightly wider fenders leave us wondering if these fenders are, indeed, wider or if they are simply still padded down a bit. Then again the wheels are a bit wider to support the 400+ horsepower under the hood, so it’s not outlandish to think that they may very well be a bit wider than on the standard A-Class. It would certainly be refreshing, anyway.

With that in mind, this prototype is still sporting the same Panamerican grille, and still rocks out the same production headlights and hood. This time around, the headlights are on, so we can see the LED lights illuminated in both the front and the rear. The side skirts look to have gotten a little more aggressive up front while the rear end now gets official dual exhaust outlets. Speaking of which, did you notice something weird about those outlets? Since when does Mercedes-AMG use dual, circular outlets instead of a single rectangular unit? That’s quite interesting, don’t you think? We suspect that Mercedes will be debuting the new A40 AMG sometime in the near future with the Detroit Auto Show or Chicago Auto Show being potential candidates if Mercedes is thinking of bring it to the United States. Well, unless Mercedes decides to surprise us at the Tokyo Motor Show later this week. What do you all think? Fill us in with your thoughts in the comments section below.

October 4, 2017 – Droping some padding and getting a new face


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This time around, the A40 hasn’t exactly shed any camo, but it has shed a lot of padding. The most noticeable change to us is that the hood is now a production hood, while the headlights also follow suit. Instead of those annoying projection-like units on the last mule, we’ve got the official LED units with the top-positioned LED strip. The lights are sleeker, sit a little higher in the body, and are slanted downward toward the nose to provide extra character. With that in mind, the other major factor here is that we’re getting a look at a completely different fascia and a different grille. Now, it’s not likely that the A40 will end up with a grille that looks anything like what you see here, as it will likely feature AMG’s current grille design, but there could be something more in the looks. It is sporting a big, fat Mercedes emblem that was cleverly wrapped tight enough so you could see its camel toe peeking through.

“The most noticeable change to us is that the hood is now a production hood, while the headlights also follow suit”

As you can see, the lower fascia isn’t exactly production ready as of yet, but it is on its way and clearly under development. The passenger side is rocking out a number of drilled holes while the passenger side is rocking just a few in place of the traditional corner intakes. To put it simply, Mercedes is trying to figure out just how fake those corner intakes need to be for the best aerodynamics, performance, and efficiency. Oddly, the front in now features a smaller, or shorter, air dam that features curved edges without any of the fancy stuff on the sides. A small louver crosses the air dam at the tip, which could indicate a strange front-end styling here or just a cheap and easy way for Mercedes to mount that front plate for testing purpose. Only time will tell for that one.

To the sides, nothing has really changed thus far, but we can now see that the A40 will have smaller side mirrors that is predecessor and the mule we saw a few months ago. This time around our photographers didn’t get as good of a shot of the rear, however, we can see that some of the camo has been removed from the taillights, At this point, it’s hard to tell if these are production units or not, but given the fit an finish I would guess that the production model will at least sport the same style of lights, most likely with a larger number of LEDs present.

What do you guys think so far? Let us know in the comments section below.

October 6, 2016 – First testing session


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Exterior


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“Since there’s so much camo and padding, the number of enhancements that we can spot to the new AMG A40 are pretty slim.”

Since there’s so much camo and padding, the number of enhancements that we can spot to the new AMG A40 are pretty slim. If the front fascia is truly representative of change, then it looks like the A40 could get circular running lights up front, with smaller air intakes on the corners. The air dam will likely grow a bit, but the radiator grille should remain roughly the same size and shape. It looks like the headlights will be much smaller on the A40, but it’s really hard to tell. There does appear to be an aggressive body line on each corner of the fascia, which could indicate that the A40 could be void of corner intakes at all. The hood is heavily padded, leading us to believe that it will change dramatically by the time the car hits dealers. Expect to see muscular lines on each side, just like on the current A45.


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“The A-pillars on this model looked to be angled a bit more aggressively, and the roof may sit just a little lower.”

Moving over to the sides, the biggest thing we’ve spotted is the shape of the windows. The A-pillars on this model looked to be angled a bit more aggressively, and the roof may sit just a little lower. This leads to shorter windows overall, especially in the back. As you can see, the rear doors are now a little bit longer than before, and the upper curve of the rear doors curve downward farther back. This makes for a larger stationary window and wider primary glass in the rear door. Notice how the rear side of the door actually follows the contour of the rear wheel well on this prototype? It also looks like the fuel filler door will be square on the A40.


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“All told, the A40 should be a bit more aggressive than the standard model, but not as sporty as the range-topping A45.”

Farther back, the pillar between the back doors and the rear hatch is now a little bit wider. Sure, there’s a lot of padding on the rear hatch that helps to throw us off a little, but if you look closely, you can spot the extra length. The more you look at it, the more it becomes clear that the extra length on the new A40 will be found in the rear. To go along with the wider rear pillars, the rear fascia is now at least twice as long as before. In reality, it makes this car look more like a small wagon that a hatchback.

Around back, the biggest difference is that the rear hatch is actually a little bit wider, and comes to a very sharp point where it jukes inward around the taillights. It also looks like the rear hatch will also get its own taillight lens, but those reflectors could just be there to throw us off.

All told, the A40 should be a bit more aggressive than the standard model, but not as sporty as the range-topping A45.

Interior


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Note: Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG interior shown here.

“It's safe to assume that it will have the same features as the redesigned A-Class plus a number of unique items.”

Unfortunately, we haven’t gotten a good look inside the future A40, but it’s safe to assume that it will have the same features as the redesigned A-Class plus a number of unique items. From the outside, we can spot the hump over the instrument cluster as seen in the current model, and it’s safe to assume the floating infotainment display will also carry over, albeit with some improvements and maybe a slightly larger screen. Expect to see the traditional circular HVAC vents, but the audio control panel in the center stack should be toned down quite a bit. The center console will evolve a bit, but nothing too extreme. There will naturally be race-inspired sport seats (likely optional though), and there will be little doses of color accenting here and there.

Drivetrain


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Note: Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG drivetrain pictured here.

“Expect the AMG A40 to arrive with at least 300 horsepower, but no more than 320 horses.”

We’re expecting the A-Class to debut with some updated engines, while other engines will be replaced altogether. Considering the A-Class will use an updated version of Mercedes’ MFA platform -– dubbed MFA2 -– Merc will have the chance to offer more drivetrains than ever before across the entire range. The platform is also lighter, and obviously longer, so it has that going for it as well.

The current A45 uses a 2.0-liter that delivers some 381 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. It’s enough to push the A45 to 62 mph in a matter of 4.2 seconds on the way to an electronically limited 155 mph. With output of the new AMG A45 likely to increase to a bit over 400 horsepower and maybe 380 pound-feet of torque, the AMG A40 will bridge the gap between the range-topping model and the A250 trim. All told, expect it to arrive with at least 300 horsepower, but no more than 320 horses.

Ultimately, the A40 should be quicker than any other A-Class but slower than the A45. Look for 4.5-second sprints from 0 to 62 mph and the same top speed limited at 155 mph
As is the case with the current A45, shifting duties should be handled by an AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT seven-speed sports transmission.

Pricing


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As of June 2017, U.K. pricing for the A-Class starts from £20,715 (around $26,700), while the range topping 250 AMG retails from £30,225 to £36,200 (about $38,970 to $46,680), depending on specs. The AMG A45, on the other hand, starts from £41,875 (around $54,000). It’s safe to assume that the A40 will split the difference between the 250 AMG and A45, meaning it should start from around £36,000 (some $46,420). Unfortunately, unless Mercedes-Benz suddenly decides to bring the A-Class range to the U.S., the AMG A40 won’t be available on this side of the pond.

Competition

BMW M140i


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Unfortunately, BMW has yet to produce a successor for the BMW M1, so the closest we can get to it is its newest little hatch, the BMW M140i. While it’s not a full-fledged M car, it replaces the M135i and comes with a little extra juice on tap. Unlike the Mercedes-AMG A40, the M140i uses a 3.0-liter six-cylinder. It delivers 335 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque, which is an increase of 10 horsepower over the M135i and 46-horsepower less that the current Mercedes-AMG A45. The M140i can hit 62 mph in about 4.6 seconds when equipped with an eight-speed automatic or 4.8 seconds with the standard, six-speed manual. When equipped with xDrive all-wheel drive, the M140i hits the same benchmark in just 4.4 seconds. Pricing for the M140i starts from £32,650 (around $42,070) for the three-door version and from £33,180 (around $42,750) for the five-door version. Just like the A-Class, the BMW 1 Series isn’t available in the United States.

Read our full review on the BMW M140i.

Audi S3


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The Audi S3 is yet another reason why Mercedes needs an AMG A40. Slotted between the A3 2.0 TFSI and the bonkers RS3, the S3 uses a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that cranks out 310 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. Fitted with an S-Tronic transmission, the German hatch needs 4.6 seconds to hit 62 mph from a standing start on its way to a top speed of 155 mph. Styling-wise, it has a sportier exterior and fancied-up interior compared to the regular A3, but it’s not as menacing to look at as the RS3. Pricing starts from £33,505 (around $43,170) for the two-door S3 and from £34,125 (about $43,970) for the five-door S3 Sportback version.

Read our full review on the Audi S3.

Conclusion


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Mercedes isn’t playing around with that hand-built 2.0-liter engine. We’re talking about a small-ish four-cylinder that’s delivering a lot of power. It would be nice if the new A40 came with a little extra compared to its rivals, but I really don’t see this model sporting more oomph than the BMW M140i. The hot-hatch market is pretty strong these days, and in theory, a model like the AMG A40 could also be competing with cars like the Focus RS and the Civic Type-R under the right circumstances. Sure, those cars aren’t German, and some don’t exactly approach 400 horses like the AMG A45 and the RS3 Sportback, but they are big hitters in the hatch market. Now, if only we could convince Mercedes to bring the A40 to the U.S., I’d be a happy camper.

  • Leave it
    • Probably not U.S. bound
    • It is a little pricey

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Update History

Update 10/4/2017: We’re finally getting a second look at the upcoming Mercedes-AMG A40 and this time around there are some serious changes taking place that brings the little hatch much closer to its goal of being production ready in 2018. Check out our special update section below to see what the changes are and learn more about them.

PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-Benz A-Class

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, a scenario backed by the fact 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 10/16/2017: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Mercedes A-Class out for a new testing session. And even if the camouflage looks lighter, most of the details are still hidden.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class.

Spy Shots

October 16, 2017 – Mercedes A-Class begins dropping campuflage


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June 19, 2017 – Mercedes A-Class reveals its interior


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February 17,2017 – Mercedes A-Class reveals parts of the interior


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September 22, 2016 – Mercedes A-Class caught testing at Nurburgring


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July 26, 2016 – First testing session


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Exterior


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“The new A-Class should feature an evolutionary design, but at the same time feature brand-new design elements.”

Styling-wise, the upcoming A-Class should feature an evolutionary design, but at the same time is should incorporate brand-new styling elements. Due to the heavy camo, it’s difficult to guess the new design, but it will most likely have sportier front and rear fascias and, given the new roofline, an overall sleeker design. The biggest change that’s evident in these spy shots is the longer wheelbase and stretched rear doors. This will matter the most inside the rear passenger compartment, but it will also give the A-Class a different look. The side mirrors have also been re-positioned on the doors instead of the A-pillars, which should enhance visibility. Around back, it appears that the A-Class will get a bigger trunk opening and split taillights.


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The massive cladding on the engine hood is a sign that Mercedes designed a significantly different front end. Most likely the new engine hood has a more aggressive stance and maybe even a small bulge in the middle. The headlamps appear to be slimmer too, and if recent Mercedes redesigns are any indication, the grille should be wider and sit lower on the fascia. Paired with the likely bigger openings in the bumper, this will result in a significantly sportier stance. Granted, the new A-Class won’t be as menacing as the outgoing AMG A45, but it should be close given the current trends.

Interior


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“The biggest change you should look forward to will be an infotainment screen integrated into the center stack instead of the "floating" display in the current model.”

The interior should also get more than just a few nips and tucks, but I expect the layout to remain somewhat similar to the current one. The biggest change you should look forward to will be an infotainment screen integrated into the center stack instead of the “floating” display in the current model. This will also lead to a reconfigured lower center stack, but the company should keep the three-piece A/C vent configuration.

All of the above is visible in our latest spy shots, and even though the final displays for the infotainment and instrument cluster aren’t in place, it’s quite obvious that the “floating” screen has been ditched. You can also see a much simpler lower center stack, but it remains to be seen if Mercedes won’t add a revised panel in there.

There should be new trim for the dashboard, reconfigured seats for improved comfort (sportier for the AMG model), new colors and materials, and a revised steering wheel. The hatchback should also get Mercedes’ latest technology, but it remains to be seen how many of the safety features, drivers aids, and gadgets current available in larger models will make it into the A-Class.

The longer wheelbase should also added a bit of extra legroom, especially for passengers sitting in the rear. However, the slightly sleeker roof could affect headroom. The longer rear doors could also make entering and exiting the car easier.

Drivetrain


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Note: 2013 Mercedes A-Class shown here.

“The A-Class will get the usual mix of small-displacement gasoline and diesel engines.”

Under the hood, the A-Class will get the usual mix of small-displacement gasoline and diesel engines. The current lineup includes a series of 1.6 to 2.1-liter engines, but this may change with the new platform. The new A-Class is expected to ride on an updated version of the MFA architecture (called the MFA2), which will be lighter, a bit longer, and will allow more drivetrains than ever before.

While some powerplants will be revised, others will be replaced altogether. But despite these changes, expect the gas A-Class models to generate between 130 and 220 horsepower and the diesel variants to crank out between 90 and 180 horses (and up to 270 pound-feet of torque). Besides the usual gas and diesel units, the A-Class will also get an AMG version with an update variant of turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Now rated at 375 horsepower, the beefed-up four-pot could deliver almost 400 horses in the new configuration.

In the transmission department, the hatchback should get improved versions of the six-speed manual and seven-speed automatic. Of course, the AMG A45 model will come with the AMG Speedshift dual-clutch.

Prices


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As with most redesigns, the fourth-gen A-Class should come with a significant premium over the current model. With the 2017 hatchback fetching €23,746 (about $26,250) before options, the next-gen model could start from around €25,000 (around $27,630). Unfortunately, like the current car, the new A-Class isn’t likely to cross the pond to the U.S. due to low demand for hatchbacks in the premium segment.

Competition

BMW 1 Series


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2016 - 2018 BMW 1 Series - image 611718

The only rear-wheel drive model in its segment, the BMW 1 Series received it mid-cycle facelift for the 2016 model year. Although frequently criticized for its design, the 1 Series is seen as the sportier model of the bunch, despite the fact that it doesn’t necessarily excel in terms of engine power or suspension sportiness. Besides a more appealing exterior design and an updated interior, the refreshed 1 Series also received a batch of new engines, including a couple of three-cylinder units borrowed from the Mini Cooper. Outputs range from 109 to 218 horsepower in gasoline models and from 116 to 224 horses (199 to 331 pound-feet) for diesel, meaning there’s a trim for nearly every version the A-Class will bring to the table. BMW also doesn’t offer the 1 Series in the U.S. In Germany, prices start from €23,250 (about $25,700).

Find out more about the BMW 1 Series here.

Audi A3 Sportback


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2017 Audi A3 Hatchback - image 671793

Some see it as the original premium compact hatch, with its first generation having been launched back in 1996, but the Audi A3 has to push in a much more crowded market nowadays. Unlike the BMW 1 Series, which is strictly rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, the A3 uses a Volkwagen Golf architecture, meaning that it only comes with front-wheel drive or a Haldex-based all-wheel drive system that is traditionally marketed as quattro. The current generation was unveiled in 2012 and updated for the 2017 model year. The hatch is offered with three gasoline and three diesel units. The former generate between 115 and 190 horsepower, while the latter crank out between 110 and 184 horses (up to 280 pound-feet of torque). The A3 Sportback is also offered with a hybrid drivetrain as the e-tron. And unlike its competitors, it’s available in the United States, but only as sedan and Sportback e-tron models.

Read more about the Audi A3 Sportback here.

Conclusion


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It’s obviously way too early to draw a proper conclusion, but the next-generation A-Class should be a significant improvement over its predecessor. And given that the current model is arguably one of the best offerings in this segment — unless you’re a RWD guy, that is — the next-gen car should be able to climb above its rivals in many aspects, including styling and performance.

  • Leave it
    • Needs a hybrid version
    • Likely still not coming to the U.S.

References

Mercedes A-Class


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Read our full review on the next 2018 Mercedes-Benz A40.


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Read our full review on the current Mercedes A-Class.

Update History

Updated 06/19/2017: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Mercedes A-Class out for a new testing session around Nurburgring.

Updated 09/22/2016: Our spy photographers caught the next generation Mercedes A-Class out for a new testing session, this time around the Nurburgring race track.

PostHeaderIcon Mercedes Concept A Sedan Confirms Four-Door A-Class

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.

Continue reading for the full story.


PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG A43

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.


PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-AMG A45 RS485+ By Posaidon

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.

Continue after the jump to read the full review.


PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-Benz A-Class

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.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class.


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