After months of teasing, spy shots and leaks, we're finally getting a look at the official details and photos of the all-new Mercedes-Benz A-Class hatchback. The newcomer brings new levels of luxury and tech into the segment, and it will make its public display at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. Let's unpack what the newcomer is all about.
The stylish Mercedes-Benz A-Class hatchback has been replaced by an all-new model. The new car forms part of a massive assault on the compact market by Mercedes-Benz as the brand plans to launch many new products by 2020. Expect to see new/revised versions of the B-Class, CLA, CLA Shooting Brake and GLA SUV. We can also expect to see an A-Class sedan as well as an SUV, rumoured to be called the GLB. Don't rule out an electric model either.
As for the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class, there have been massive changes both inside and out. The new car rides on a modified platform used by its predecessor, but the dimensions have been increased. The car features a 30mm longer wheels and the front track is wider by 14mm. The car's overall length is up by 120mm and now sits at 4 419mm, while it is wider and higher too. Practicality receives a boost as the boot is now bigger too. The bigger size now means that the A-Class can now be fitted with 19-inch alloys.
The new Mercedes-Benz A-Class styling has many cues already seen on the all-new CLS and the car features all-new LED lights. The big news is in the cabin, where Mercedes-Benz has applied most of its resources. The interior draws design influence from the latest E-Class and even the S-Class, adopting the impressive, 2-screen widescreen cockpit. There are 5 turbine-inspired air vents, much like that found on the E-Class and the multifunction steering wheel is much like that seen on the latest S-Class. There will be 3 screen options available, depending on the model and equipment fitted. The base model will get two 7-inch screens while higher-spec derivatives will combine a 7-inch and 10.25-inch screen or two 10.25 inch screens. As on the E-Class, one screen serves as the instrument cluster, while the other screen accommodates the infotainment system and other vehicles functions.
The new Mercedes-Benz A-Class cabin, featuring the dual screen setup
Technology is the key word when it comes to the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class. Safety systems straight from the flagship S-Class make their debut into the hatchback. The car's cameras and radar will be able to scan the road 500 metres ahead and it'll be able to recognise pedestrians and cyclists. There will be a fair degree of autonomy too and the car will prevent bumper bashings by applying an automatic brake. It can automatically follow the traffic in front of it.
When it comes to engines, the all-new Mercedes-Benz A-Class has the option of three four-cylinder engines. There's an A200, A250 and an A180d. The A200 motor is a reworked and improved version of the 1.4-litre turbo petrol, while the A250 has a turbocharged 2.0-litre motor. It'll be the fastest of the three cars and is claimed to hit 100 kph in just 6.2 seconds. Finally, there's a diesel engine using the Renault-Nissan Alliance 1.5-litre powerplant. The engine range will be expanded to include more petrol versions as well as a more potent diesel motor. Of course, let's not forget the fiery AMG version either. The A200 comes with a six-speed manual gearbox, while the other models make do with a seven-speed dual-clutch unit. The nine-speed transmission is expected to debut in some A-Class models later this year. Also for the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class is a new 4Matic four-wheel drive system.
The outputs of the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class engines is as follows:
- A200 (120 kW 250 Nm; with 7G-DCT dual clutch transmission combined fuel consumption 5.1 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions 120 g/km) or six-speed manual transmission (combined fuel consumption 5.6 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions 133 g/km)
- A250 with 7G-DCT dual clutch transmission (165 kW, 350 Nm; combined fuel consumption 6.0 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions 141 g/km)
- A180 d with 7G-DCT dual clutch transmission (85 kW, 260 Nm; combined fuel consumption 4.1 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions 108 g/km)
We'll have more details about the features, performance, and availability of the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class as more information comes.