All-new Mercedes A-Class has been caught in camouflaged form. Mercedes will launch the new generation of the compact model (W177) at the beginning of 2018. NEW SPY PICS via autoweek.nl.
By the disappearance of some centimeters of thick layer of camouflage material, the shape of the all-new A-Class is now more visible than before. The nose seems longer and more angled and gets a pair of thin headlamps. The distinctive element which is carried away from the current model are the flanks, which seem to survive to the model change. The door handles are completely different in shape. The shape of the side windows is more original than we originally thought too. The curved base line remains, but especially at the top of the windows the corners are cut differently. At the rear, we see more aggressive light units and a rear window that appears to be flatter than before.
The current A-Class came in 2012 on the market underwent a subtle facelift in 2015. With the new generation of the A-Class, due in 2018, the number of variants will increase even further with a sedan version, which should be interesting for the Chinese market, as well as a Mercedes GLB, which is a small SUV with seven seats.
The new MFA2 will be the platform used by the new A-Class family of models. It should help to reduce the vehicle weight by 50 kilograms and make the body stiffer. The wheelbase of the new Mercedes A-Class grows by about 2 centimeters, which should benefit the passengers. We, of course, look forward to a newly designed interior, with the question of whether the large cockpit monitors from the S- and E- and C-Class will be passed even further down the range.
On the other hand, the engine concept is clear. The smaller diesel units will be delivered by the Renault partner and the two-liter self-igniters are replaced by OM 654 units as they are used in the new E-Class. These deliver 150 and 194 hp, respectively.
A new generation of petrol engines is also being launched. These are part of the M254 series (successor of the M274), they still have a displacement of more than 2 liters, direct injection and supercharging – even e-chargers could be used. In addition to the A250 and the AMG 45 version (over 400 hp), the A-Class should also be offered in a new AMG middle version. Power output: Around 280 hp.
The A-Class is also upgraded in hybrid technology. The purely electric range should be up to 100 km. The 7-speed double clutch transmission will be replaced by a nine-speed version, which allows a wider spreading and can also handle more torque. The new Mercedes A-Class will be priced around € 25,000.