The new Mercedes-Benz A-Class has been revealed, with an evolutionary exterior design, more room, a new interior and a lot of technology. On sale in the UK in March.
Mercedes has been busy teasing the new A-Class for what seems like ages, but now it’s revealed and it’s still very obviously an A-Class, but one that’s headed upmarket with its new interior, new engines and new technology.
But even Mercedes acknowledge the exterior design of the A-Class is nothing more than an interpretation of the outgoing model, so if you expected something funky and fresh you’ll be disappointed.
There are changes, of course, and the A-Class is now a bit bigger, the wheel arches a bit more obvious and the bonnet slopes a bit more. But you won’t be turning your head when you pas one to say “Wow, look at that new A-Class”.
But there’s more ambition from Mercedes with the interior, with a pair of big new instrument panels atop the dash (‘plonked’ is probably the right word) with glowing turbine intakes delineating the space.
There’s also some AI going on, with the system learning your habits and preferences once you’ve set it up and used it, with the ability to remember you listen to loud Thrash Metal to wake you up for the first ten minutes of the day and then turn to Radio 4 for the rest of the time, and do it for you.
It’ll also set up the Sat Nav for a regular journey (do you need Sat Nav for a regular journey?), there’s an ever-expanding array of ‘Connected’ stuff, and you can work it all with voice, touchscreen or from the pads on the steering wheel.
The xtra room inside is welcome, and there are big car options too like heated, ventilated and massage seats, some semi-autonomous driving tech with Active Distance Assists Distronic, as well as more safety stuff like Active Brake Assist and Attention Assist and optional multibeam LED headlights.
At launch there are just three engine options, with a 161bhp 1.4 litre petrol for the A 200, an A 250 with 221bhp and a 1.5 litre diesel with 114bhp in the A 180d, but more engines will arrive during 2018 and there will be an AMG A 35 and AMG A 45 by next year.
The new Mercedes A-Class goes on sale in March, with first UK customer deliveries expected in June. Prices are expected to start from around £25,000.