A Revolutionary Compact
Mercedes returns this March to heat up a luxury compact segment but this time around, not just in Europe. The all-new A-Class hatchback (and Sedan we will soon learn more about) was developed to bring the most advanced tech and design to the broadest customer base a luxury brand can have. Anyone familiar with higher end Mercedes products will see a lot of design DNA that debuted in the new and current generation S-Class with enough edge and sportiness from AMG products like the AMG GT and your favorite AMG sedans. Topping it off is the dual screen MBUX infotainment system helping to build on this entirely new experience.
As youthful and dynamic as ever.
The new A-Class is as youthful and dynamic as ever, but grown-up and comfortable like never before. It completely redefines modern luxury in the compact class, and revolutionises interior design. Technologically the new A-Class not only takes first place thanks to MBUX – Mercedes-Benz User Experience: it also offers a number of functions that were previously the preserve of the luxury class. And although Mercedes-Benz has retained the sporty appearance, the utility value has increased. The new A-Class can be ordered from March onwards, and the market launch commences in the spring.
Exercise in purism.
The purist, surface-accentuating design of the new A-Class is the next step in the Mercedes-Benz design philosophy of Sensual Purity. On the basis of a compact two-box design, optimised dimensions and proportions have led to a new interpretation of the A-Class’s design. “With the fourth generation of the A-Class, we are redefining modern luxury in the compact class. To do this we have opted for a combination of uncompromisingly dynamic design and an intuitive operating concept,” says Britta Seeger, the member of the Daimler AG Board of Management responsible for Mercedes-Benz Cars sales. “With MBUX – the new Mercedes-Benz User Experience – we are creating a completely new customer experience.”
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Inspired by flagship Mercedes products like the S-Class and AMG GT is an interior that sets the bar for design high enough to not give brands like BMW and Audi a fighting chance, although they will have certain characteristics that stand out. What you will find here is a well rounded interior that while isn't driver-focused (like what BMW would do), does feature what we anticipate is an industry-leading infotainment system, MBUX encased in a free-floating widescreen display. Surrounding that aviation design cues that shaped the overall cockpit and right down to air vents which look like turbines. Highlighting this impressive interior is ambiance lighting with up to 10 color options.
A revolution from within.
The interior of the new A-Class is completely redefined with its modern, avant-garde look. Mercedes-Benz has taken a completely new approach, revolutionising the compact class from the inside with a new feeling of spaciousness. The unique interior architecture is shaped in particular by the avant-garde design of the dashboard.
For the first time a cowl above the cockpit has been completely dispensed with. As a result, the wing-shaped main body of the dashboard extends from one front door to the other with no visual discontinuity. The Widescreen display is completely free-standing. The air vents in a sporty turbine-look are another highlight.
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The Mercedes Interface
Impacting every moment inside the A-Class is the Mercedes Benz User Experience, via MBUX. Among the features that stand out with MBUX are Linguatronic voice assistant, Mercedes Me and Amazon Alex/Google Assistant to name a few. Graphics were impressive on prototypes and given the track record Mercedes has we expect the same in production models. To control it all is a combination of a touchpad, voice, or touch. Both screens are customizable and give you the option of how information should be displayed at any given time.
Mercedes-Benz User Experience.
The new A-Class is the first Mercedes-Benz model to feature the completely new multimedia system MBUX - Mercedes-Benz User Experience, which also ushers in a new era in Mercedes me connectivity. A unique feature of this system is its ability to learn thanks to artificial intelligence. MBUX can be individualised and adapts to suit the user. It thus creates an emotional connection between the vehicle, driver and passengers.
“New technologies must place the focus on people and make their lives easier. The new A-Class does this in many ways, and becomes an emotional and intelligent companion,” says Ola Källenius, the member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars. “One good example is MBUX – Mercedes-Benz User Experience: it combines intuitive and natural operation with intelligent, learning software.”
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A Step Forward
In addition to getting an entire redesign inside and out, a sedan model and becoming a global product, compared to the outgoing A-Class sold in eastern countries, the changes are nothing less than impressive. Part of this global move included increased cargo space to 370 liters for an increase of 29 from its predecessor as well as overall growth in cabin space. We don't have specs on the sedan as yet, but seating the average American comfortably enough has often been prioritized. The biggest barrier to that will be its coupe-like roof.
The A-Class has grown up.
Despite its sporty look, the new A-Class has considerably more utility value, making it as youthful as ever but grown-up like never before. More shoulder, elbow and headroom plus easier access to the rear are clear benefits, as is the larger and more family- and recreation-friendly luggage compartment. All-round visibility has also been considerably improved. This enhances both safety and the impression of spaciousness. The capacity of the luggage compartment behind the rear seats is 370 litres – 29 litres more than in the preceding model. Thanks to two-section rear lights, the loading aperture is 20 cm wider than before, and the luggage compartment floor is 11.5 cm longer.
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If you live in Europe and similar eastern markets that often get the same powertrains, you can choose from a turbocharged 1.4-liter or 2.0-liter gasoline engines. Or opt for diesel with a 1.5-liter engine producing up to 192lb-ft of torque. All powertrains are new with the diesel coming from Renault. Anyone that wanted a hybrid or electric A-Class will have to keep waiting. North American powertrains haven't been announced but we expected the former two from launch. When automatic and manual transmissions will be available is yet to be confirmed, but expect automatic from launch.
New, efficient engines.
All the new A-Class models are powered by new, efficient engines. The following three engine variants will be available on the launch of the A-Class, or shortly afterwards: A 200 (120 kW/163 PS) with 7G-DCT dual clutch transmission or six-speed manual transmission, A 250 with 7G-DCT (165 kW/224 PS) as well as A 180 d with 7G-DCT dual clutch transmission (85 kW/116 PS). Innovations in the M 282 with a displacement of 1.4 litres and up to 120 kW include cylinder shutoff (initially in conjunction with the 7G-DCT transmission) and the delta shape of the cylinder head. The second new petrol engine is the M 260 with a displacement of 2.0 litres, 165 kW and 350 Nm. New features include CAMTRONIC for the intake camshaft. Both petrol engine series have a particulate filter as standard.
Fuel consumption combined: 5.6–5.1 l/100 km;
combined CO2 emissions: 133–120 g/km.*
Fuel consumption combined: 6.0 l/100 km;
combined CO2 emissions: 141 g/km.*
A 180 d:
Fuel consumption combined: 4.1 l/100 km;
combined CO2 emissions: 108 g/km.*
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