2018 Mercedes A-Class: New generation coming next year

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The all-new Mercedes A-Class, code name W177, is busy completing its final pre-launch testing phase, ahead of its 2018 premiere. NEW SPY PICS reveal more details about the new compact.

The current A-Class (internal W176) has been launched in Germany in 2012 and has also spawned further derivatives like the GLA, CLA and CLA Shooting Break, all based on the MFA platform (Modular Front Drive Platform).

With the new generation of the A-Class, the number of variants will increase even further. A sedan version of the A-Class, which should be interesting for the Chinese market, as well as a Mercedes GLB, a small SUV with styling inspired by the G-Class. The new MFA2 platform is the base for all models. It should help reduce weight by 50 kilograms and make the body stiffer. The wheelbase of the new Mercedes A-Class also grows by about 2 centimeters, which should benefit the passengers.

These can, 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. Most likely, the new A-Class will come with a virtual cockpit in the vein of the VW Golf or Audi A3. Whether analogue instruments will continue to exist in the basic version is still unclear.

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On the other hand, the engine concept is clear. The smaller diesel units (1.5 or 1.6-liter) will still be delivered by the Renault partner in the new generation. The two-liter engines are replaced by OM 654 unit from the new E-Class, delivering 150 and 194 hp, respectively.

A new generation of engines is also being launched for Otto fans. Part of the new M254 family (successor of the M274), they still have a displacement of no more than 2 liters, direct injection and supercharging – even e-chargers could be used. In addition to the A 250 and the AMG 45 version (over 400 hp), the A-Class is also upgraded in terms of hybrid technology. The purely electric range should be up to 100 km. The 7-speed double clutch transmission is replaced by a nine-speed version, which can also handle more torque.

Otherwise, the second generation will deal with the shortcomings of the first. More clarity, a larger trunk opening as well as more space in the rear. The driver receives a higher-quality cockpit, a head-up display and a touch screen. The new Mercedes A-Class will be priced around € 25,000.

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