Ahead of its official debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, Autocar has revealed the new 2019 Mercedes Benz A-Class' powertrain lineup. Offering a whopping 9 options, the A-Class should satisfy most buyers.
Invited to ride in a prototype in northen Sweden, Autocar editor Greg Kable had a chance to speak with Jochen Eck, Mercedes’ chief of compact vehicle testing. He was told that the German automaker’s new hatchback will feature five petrol variants, two performance models, and four diesel options. CarScoops
is even expecting to see a plug-in hybrid and electric offerings some time in the future, though Jochen made no mention of this.
For his prototype ride, the vehicle was of the entry-level 1.5-liter dCi diesel variant. Once on sale, a 1.3-liter gasoline powered option should be available. Though this has not been confirmed, the performance model dubbed AMG A35 could should be powered by a 2.0-liter turbo delivering around 340 horsepower while the AMG A45 may crank out more than 400 hp. The other engine options remain a mystery at this point.
Aside from powertrain options, the new A-Class received some suspension upgrades as Greg claims to have experienced “greater absorption of road shock and less vertical movement over bumps”. Additional sound deadening foam has been added to the body and poor visibility is no longer a problem with thinner pillars and larger windows.
Mercedes may leak a few more nuggets of information as we approach the Geneva Show next March.