A brand-new generation of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class compact hatch is developing and we have new, more revealing spy shots.
2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Design
Judging by the most current spy shots, the proportions match those of the current A-Class hatch. The wheelbase appears longer, however, as evidenced by the stretched rear doors. This need to result in some much-needed area in the cabin.
Speaking of the cabin, though heavily camouflaged it appears Mercedes’ designers are incorporating the main screen with the dash rather of attaching it on as in the existing model.
Another change is the positioning of the side mirrors. They are now mounted on the doors instead of higher up at the base of the A-pillars. This must result in enhanced exposure. And those unusual markings at the top of the windshield are likely sensors for numerous chauffeur aids.
The brand-new A-Class hatch will be the very first model to ride on the next-generation variation of the existing MFA (Modular Front-drive Architecture) platform used in compact cars from Mercedes. Referred to as MFA2, the next-generation platform will bring weight savings plus higher capability for alternative powertrains. A stretched version of this platform will underpin the next B-Class, the aforementioned A-Class sedan, and even a new SUV rumored to be called the GLB.
Infiniti was also to use the platform for future compacts however has because abandoned those strategies. It turns out the platform is not suitable with the Japanese firm’s variable compression engines.
2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Engine
For the Mercedes models, anticipate inline-4 engines and dual-clutch transmissions to feature prominently. High-performance models from Mercedes-AMG are also prepared. We hear the next A45 from AMG will load as much as 400 horsepower.
2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Release Date
As the present A-Class hatch made its debut in 2012, we need to see this new one revealed in 2018– possible at the 2018 Geneva auto show next March. Unfortunately, we don’t expect to see the brand-new A-Class hatch in the United States due to low need for this specific body style in the premium segment.
2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Price
Just like many redesigns, the fourth-gen A-Class should include a substantial premium over the present model. With the 2016 hatchback bring EUR23,746 (about $26,250) before options, the next-gen model could begin with around EUR25,000 (around $27,630). Unfortunately, like the existing car, the brand-new A-Class isn’t most likely to cross the pond to the United States due to low need for hatchbacks in the premium sector.