To compete against BMW 1-Series and Audi A3, the Mercedes-Benz has revealed to launch latest A-class at Geneva Motor Show in March 2018. The car is ready to flaunt over the market with some rigid changes and modification in its structure than the predecessor. The car is embellished with newly structured floorpan and improved body framework.
The Mercedes Benz A-class is 10mm longer in length than its foregoing and credit goes to increased hatchback’s wheelbase. The improved length supports more interior space, and a capability to adopt a larger rear door for the betterment of the ‘exit’ and ‘entry’. The car is featured with a boot which provides larger dimension than existing model of 341-litres.
The car is ready with revised MFA (Modular Front Architecture) platform and supported MacPherson struts at the front end along with a rear suspension featuring multiple links. The car will also be featured with drive select function which enables to change the modes of the steerings, engine, suspension damping, and transmission.
The larger inside is accommodated with a new dashboard, a new Comand 5 infotainment system, a digital instrumentation and all with a maintained higher-grade material. The fresh look of the cabin can be distinguished by a new steering with touchpad controls, new sports seats, and a group of new driver assistance system, resembling the cast out features of Mercedes’ Level 2 autonomous driving functions in flagship S-class.
The newly added technology will allow the Mercedes-Benz A-class to steer and brake independently up to certain speeds, by working together with lane keep assist and adaptive cruise control technology.
This A-class is the first model in the line-up of total eight models about to unveil. The other seven includes the alternative and replacement of current B-class, CLA, GLA, CLA Shooting Brake. The new models range A-class Sedan with a 400 HP A45 variants, a GLB, and a 7-seater GLB.
All models will go better with the MFA platform that is loaded with new 4-cylinder petrol and diesel engines to enhance better economy and emissions than present motors. The entry-level models will be featured by a latest M282 petrol engine in a 4-litre guise (co-produced with Renault). Mid-level models will be powered by M260 petrol engine produced in 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre guises. The top version in the range of M260 motor will get a belt-driven generator which can be operated as a mild hybrid, with the electrically supported boosting mechanism and leaving off the combination with a 48V electrical system.
The latest OM654 with 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine in a line of three states of tune will be used in the diesel engines for the A-class and other MFA-based models.
Mercedes is also planning to launch a plug-in hybrid in competition with Golf GTE although the specification is still not revealed by the company. The speculation says it can be powered by the M282 entry-level petrol engine associated with an electric based motor climbed up inside the onward section of Mercedes’ new 9-speed dual clutch gearbox. The powertrain might be based on Mercedes EQA hatchback’s model.
According to the sources, the lithium-ion battery of the new A-class hybrid can drive 50km independently on electric power. The specification of an engine in A-class will be based on the present six-speed manual and seven-speed dual-clutch transmissions, and some top-spec trims can get a nine-speed dual clutch automatic setup. The all-wheel-drive system and 4-Matic of Mercedes will only visible on the higher variants of the car and on standard models, power is forwarded to the front wheels only.