Mercedes-Benz took the covers off the fourth era of its A-Class in Amsterdam as we speak. Whereas the smallest vehicle in the luxurious producer’s lineup isn’t topic to the similar type of fanfare as a brand new S-Class, it’s an enormous deal to us, as will probably be the first one bought in North America.
Sadly, the unveiling was extra of an extended teaser. Whereas MB was completely happy to present the press with a laundry listing of features and choices, technical specifications gained’t be introduced till March. We additionally gained’t be getting the hatchback; that’s relegated for European obligation. As an alternative, American clients will take pleasure in the sedan variant — which is in the last levels of improvement.
Fortunately, we do know what sort of hardware will probably be working with, and may see from the 5-door that it ought to intently resemble the Idea A Sedan everybody was buzzing about final yr.
The general form is shut to the prototype and holds onto a lot of parts from the outgoing A-Class. The top result, at the least for the hatchback, is a vehicle that appears to be the runty offspring of a Volkswagen Golf and Buick Enclave. Because it seems, that’s not a nasty factor. The A-Class isn’t a nasty wanting car, however we’re anticipating the sedan variant to adhere much more intently to the idea vehicle.
Engine choices embrace a 1.four or 2.zero-liter fuel-burning inline-4 or a 1.5-liter diesel (which probably gained’t hit American shores). The 1.four-liter must be good for no less than one hundred sixty horsepower and one hundred eighty lb-ft of torque whereas the 2.zero-liter must be in the neighborhood of 220 hp and 255 lb-ft. That ought to place the motors on par with the outgoing mannequin’s specs as soon as auxiliary elements knock off a couple of ponies.
Greater-trim and 4Matic fashions will use a multi-hyperlink rear suspension, whereas the base A-Class has a torsion beam setup. The standard tranny is a seven-velocity twin clutch automated. Whereas the 2.zero-liter is claimed to be obtainable with a guide gearbox, there isn’t any promise of that making its approach westward.
What ought to stick round for when the car ultimately comes to America, is the interior. Mercedes claims to have taken nice care when it comes to updating the cabin, and it does seems lavish for an entry-degree premium mannequin. Conventional instrumentation has been changed by a pair of digital panels — 7 inches for the base trim and 10.25 inches for the costlier fashions.
Choices embrace an “augmented actuality” navigational system that coincides with the entrance parking digital camera, clever voice management that allows you to speak to you Benz like a smartphone, and a sixty four-colour ambient lighting setup that extends all the means to the air vents. Lively Lane Help and Brake Help are each fitted as standard on the A-Class. Mercedes additionally noticed match to add Pre-Protected Plus, which preps the car in the occasion of being rear-ended, and Lively Emergency Cease Help, which progressively slows the car in the occasion that a driver dozes off whereas utilizing the vehicle’s different driving aids.
Driving on Mercedes-Benz’s new MFA2 entrance-wheel drive structure, which may also underpin new editions of the GLA and CLA, the formally official debut of the A-Class will occur in Geneva on March fifth. By then, we should always have some particulars on the sedan, its pricing, and a few concrete specs.
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