Mercedes-Benz’s new A-Class small hatch is a work of beauty and what better way to appreciate its sleek styling, before they hit showroom floor, than the newly released photo album.
Hoping to get a leg up on premium compact rivals like the Audi A3 and BMW 1-Series, Mercedes has overhauled it entry level model and given it a set of redesigned mirrors, re-worked A-pillar, a rear spoiler, diffuser that works, and what Motoring
calls a “wind-bending front bumper.” What’s more, the A-Class now has a nearly flat underfloor even though we can’t clearly see this change in the photos.
One of the biggest changes can be found inside the cabin, namely the all-new infotainment system called MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience). Situated above the chrome turbine air vents, which changes color to red or blue depending on your chosen temperature, is a dual-display setup. Featuring two 10.25-inch HD widescreen displays that’s usually found in more expensive models, the A-Class will have buyers “reaching for their chequebook” before they’ve even test driven the car.
Of course looks alone aren’t enough, that’s why the MBUX comes with a multitude of features including phone, navigation, audio, Bluetooth connectivity, climate control and vehicle settings. All of this can be on display at the same time on the main infotainment screen. The system even comes with an artificial intelligence and advanced voice recognition system.
The A-Class is already rolling off the Rastatt assembly line and should go into production at four other plants situated around the world.