The New High Tech Mercedes-Benz A Class Revealed
After months of teaser images and rumours the new Mercedes Benz A Class has been revealed...
The new A Class was revealed at the Geneva Motor Show with many features from the S Class creating a luxurious feel and cutting edge technology making this the most advanced A Class yet. At launch the A Class will be a 5dr hatchback, the same as its predecessor, but a 4dr saloon is expected to join the range.
Mercedes-Benz A Class Exterior Features
The A class has a new look, a more sharply sloping bonnet. larger wheel arches and a wider rear end create a more sporty look. Aerodynamics are also improved with a class leading drag coefficient of 0.25.
The A Class has become larger with overall length increased by 120mm, width expanded by 16mm and the height extended by 2mm.
Interior Features and Technology in the A Class
As the overall size of the A Class has increased, occupants can expect more knee, shoulder and headroom. The boot has also expanded by 29 litres with a wider opening for easy loading. The dashboard features new turbine style air vents and seats can be upgraded to include a massage feature.
However, the most impressive improvement to the interior is Mercedes-Benz new latest generation infotainment system which has filtered down from the S Class and will come as standard with every A Class. This system is called the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX). It consists of two floating screens, in the standard model these will be 7", on higher trim levels this size is likely to increase.
There are several ways to control this system, by touch screen, touchpad, touch sensitive controls on the steering wheel or voice control. The voice control feature has been updated to recognise and respond to a much more conversational sentence rather than a precise instruction. Attention of the MBUX can now be sought by using a phrase such as 'Hey Mercedes' and phrases such as 'I am cold' will elicit a response rather than a precise 'turn the heating to 20 degrees'.
The MBUX will also be capable of being tailored to many different drivers, displaying their individual preferences and learning routines via artificial intelligence. For example, if you always call a certain person at a certain time, the A Class will prepare this action and ask you if you would like to go ahead with the call. If you listen to the same radio station, this will be selected ready for you to approve. If you drive to the same location repeatedly, the sat nav will load this location in the background, so that when the driver confirms it all route information is immediately available.
The A Class takes another technological step forwards by including Augmented Reality Navigation. This system can superimpose navigation information on top of a real live image that has been taken by the front camera.
The Mercedes Me app will be available to all A class owners, features of this have been updated to include extra sat nav features and a simple way to book your Mercedes in for a service remotely.
Driver aids have also had an update with the A Class now able to drive semi-autonomously in certain situations. This feature was first seen in the S class and uses an Active Distance Assist Distronic system to maintain a set distance from the vehicle ahead and steering is supported even through curves on the road. The satellite navigation system is then used to reduce speed in response to approaching bends or roundabouts.
Mercedes-Benz A Class Engines
Initially, there will only be three engines available to choose from. A standard petrol and diesel and the A250 performance engine. 4MATIC four wheel drive is going to be offered as well as a choice of two suspension systems and optional active damping control. A further choice of engines will follow as the A Class range expands.
a class engines
|Engine||bhp||0-62mph (seconds)||tops speed (mph)||mpg (combined)||Co2 emissions (g/km)|
|A200||1.4 litre turbo petrol||161||8.0||140||auto 55.3 manual 50.4||auto 120 manual 133|
|A250||2.0 litre turbo petrol||221||6.2||155||47||141|
|A180||1.5 litre turbo diesel||114||10.5||125||68.8||108|
Mercedes-Benz A Class Trim Levels
The exact details of which features will be available at which trim levels are yet to be fully revealed. We know the following features will comes as standard;
- Automatic headlights
- Automatic wipers
- MBUX with 7" screens
- Keyless go
- Automatic air conditioning
- Active brake assist
- Attention assist
Headlights and taillights will be halogen as standard with an option to upgrade to LED or LED headlights will be included on higher trim levels. Head Up display will be optional as will the ambient lighting pack which will give access to 64 different colours to play with.
During 2017 the A Class was Mercedes-Benz biggest seller in the UK and 70% of those sold were in the AMG Line trim. It is safe to assume this trim level will be offered with the new A Class alongside a more entry level SE trim and the intermediate sport level trim.
We will update this page as more information becomes available.
The new A Class will be on sale in March 2018 with prices expected to be around £24,000.
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5 February 2018
Written by Natalie Faughy