Rumours suggest a saloon version of the replacement Mercedes A-Class is in the works and should be released alongside the hatchback when it launches in late 2017. Spy shots courtesy of Motorauthority and our exclusive render give us our best glimpse yet at what it could look like.
Mercedes’ new model will use an updated version of the brand’s MFA (Modular Front-drive Architecture) – the same platform as the current A-Class. It’ll be made lighter, longer and wider, and will also form the basis of the upcoming GLB – a compact SUV that’ll sit between the GLA and GLC. This new platform should allow for more boot space with a wider opening and increased rear passenger legroom.
A replacement for the high performance AMG A45 is also in the works with up to 400hp. Later on, an AMG A40 will sit between the A45 and the most powerful non-AMG model, the A250. This mid-range AMG variant is expected to use a detuned version of the A45’s 2.0-litre engine and should offer upwards of 300hp mated to four-wheel drive and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. This semi-skimmed AMG probably won’t be available until late-2018 and will compete directly with the Audi S3, BMW M140i and VW Golf R.
Less powerful models will use updated versions of the same 1.6-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel but with improved performance and efficiency. Gearboxes should come in the form of a standard six-speed manual and a dual-clutch automatic with between seven and nine speeds.
Spy shots of cameras in the windscreen suggest semi-autonomous or fully autonomous driving systems might be offered. These could mirror the autonomous systems used in the current E-Class and allow the car to steer itself through traffic and essentially handle the motorway unaided.
Fully autonomous driving would be a first for this segment – Audi only offers semi-autonomous safety systems on the A3. There’s no news yet on whether BMW will equip the upcoming 2018 1 Series with any autonomous driving systems. We reckon the new A-Class will get optional safety equipment including adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, brake assist, evasive steering assist and traffic jam assist.
The new A-Class should make its debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show in September and should be priced similarly to the outgoing model meaning an entry-level price of around £20,000.
2018 Mercedes A-Class latest news (updated August 2016)
A new Mercedes A-Class prototype has been spotted testing ahead of the new model’s launch in 2018. Read on for full details on this luxurious hatchback, including our exclusive render showing how the finished car could look.
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The new car will be built on a lighter and stiffer version of the current model’s platform – some reports suggest it could weigh as much as 50kg less than the car it replaces. Mercedes is also expected to lengthen the car’s wheelbase by 20mm – this should result in more legroom for rear-seat passengers.
The new car will come with a selection of 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engines – similar to those available in the new E-Class – and a range of all-new petrol units. It’s possible that Mercedes will develop a hybrid version of the A-Class with a pure electric range of approximately 60 miles, too.
The new car’s interior will probably feature a digital instrument display, similar to Audi’s Virtual Cockpit system. No images have been released of the new car’s cabin and it’s not known whether this system will take the form of a single large screen behind the steering wheel or a pair of 12.3-inch displays similar to those fitted to the latest E-Class. Entry-level models could still come fitted with analogue instruments, however.
Mercedes A-Class price and release date
The new model isn’t expected to cost any more than the current version – this means an entry-level price of around £20,000 rising to more than £30,000 for top-spec models. It’s due on sale sometime in 2018 – we’ll have a clearer idea of an exact date closer to the time.
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2018 Mercedes A-Class latest news (updated June 2016)
Mercedes is readying a replacement for the A-Class premium hatchback. The fourth-generation of the German brand’s smallest model will gain a lighter, stronger chassis, a more spacious, higher-quality cabin and improved in-car tech and autonomous driving features.
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New Mercedes A-Class styling
Based on early spy shots of the new model testing, courtesy of Motor Authority, we can see the next A-Class will sport a wider track and longer wheelbase than current car. The overall dimensions look to have grown too, which could address the current car’s slightly cramped cabin and small boot compared to some rivals.
New Mercedes A-Class interior
We’ve yet to see clear images of the cabin, but the new A-Class is expected to make a significant jump in quality – necessary if it is to win over Audi A3 buyers.
The biggest jump is expected to come in the form of an infotainment system lifted from the E-Class. This should allow it to potentially gain some of the larger car’s features, including an enlarged hi-res screen, on-board WiFi and compatibility with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
New Mercedes A-Class driving and engines
The next A-Class will ride on a revised version of current car’s platform, making use of greater quantities of aluminium to increase strength while reducing weight. Co-developed with Renault – and likely to feature in the French brand’s future models – it’ll likely spawn a family of compact Mercedes spin offs, including the replacements for the CLA, GLA and B-Class.
The engine lineup will remain similar to the current car, with the exception of a new 2.0-litre diesel unit lifted from the E-Class. A plug-in hybrid version remains a strong possibility, offering an electric-only range of about 30 miles in order to compete with the Audi A3 e-tron.
New Mercedes A-Class prices and release date
The A-Class is still in its early stages of testing, so we don’t expect the new model to hit showrooms until late 2018. Prices are unlikely to change compared to the new model assuming the standard equipment levels remain the same. This means an entry-level price of roughly £20,000 is likely.
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