The new Mercedes Benz A-Class 2018 has been revealed. Here is everything you need to know about the car’s specs, power, performance, design and interior.
On the outside, Mercedes has given the A-Class its new corporate face, first seen on the new CLS. Sharp headlights meet a flattened oval grille, giving the car a more mature look overall. Inside, drivers get an S-Class-esque steering wheel, dash, and Mercedes’s signature ambient lighting.
The new A-Class is the first production Mercedes to feature the company’s all new “MBUX” artificial intelligence infotainment system first revealed at CES. A dual 10.5 inch screen dashboard, integrated voice controls, braking assist and lane-keeping assist are standard.
These systems can be upgraded to feature the same semi-autonomous driving features seen on more expensive cars like the S-Class. An “augmented reality” feature, which uses the middle dash screen to overlay your front view with useful items such as navigation directions, is optional.
European buyers will have three choices of engines at launch; a 114-horsepower 1.5-liter diesel A180d, a 160-horsepower 1.4-liter A200, or a 221-horsespower 2.0-liter A250. That last trim is capable of 0-60 in 6.2 seconds. Whatcar reports a Mercedes-AMG A45 hot hatch will reach production sometime in 2019.
There’s no word on whether the new A-Class will be sold stateside, but seeing as how Mercedes hasn’t sold it here before, we have our doubts. It’s more likely we’ll see it here as a CLA sedan and GLA crossover.
The car is bigger than before outside as well as inside, with its overall length of 4419mm a 12cm leap on the old car, while it’s also 16mm wider (1796mm) and 2mm higher (1440mm).
“Mercedes Benz A-Class 2018 Revealed”
As we’ve previously reported, the interior of the A-Class has taken a huge step forward, much like the C-Class did on its way to trouncing not only its class rivals in sales, but plenty of well-known volume models as well.
There’s a black-panel display and a wide cockpit screen, based around a standard package of two 7.0-inch display screens. The entry version has two tubular analogue dials and a touchscreen unit in the centre of the dash and, to make people feel like they’re choosing something other than the cheapest version, it’s dubbed “Classic”. (The next two versions (or price points, for the cruel) are “Sport” and “Discreet”.)
It’s not quite as Spartan as the name suggests, though, because the steering wheel buttons also control a lot of functions, there’s Bluetooth for telephones and a USB connection for everything else.
The middle level delivers a 7.0-inch digital instrument cluster with a 10.3-inch infotainment screen, while the top-level unit runs to twin 10.3-inch digital screens that seem to run almost from door to door.
The big-screen infotainment system is also touchscreen, delivers a wifi hotspot, can add (at an extra cost) high-def navigation, live traffic updates, a head-up display, Burmester audio and Car-to-X communication, when cities are ready for it.
“Mercedes Benz A-Class 2018 Revealed”
The short, two-tier dashboard is topped by an instrument cluster that looks a lot like the S-Class’s two conjoined screens, only without a cowl, making it stand free and look for all the world like it’s the interior of a concept car.
They’ve used a louvred-style film on the screens to stop light reflecting off the windscreen and windows, and the simplicity of the look allows the two-tiered, sculpted dash itself to be symmetrical, reducing complexity and fussiness.
There is an all-new row of switchgear for the ventilation system, carved out of aluminium, in a ribbon below the three central vents. There’s also a soft-covered armrest behind a squared touchpad.
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