Bright future as next A-class is spied on road
MERCEDES is gearing up to launch its allnew A-class at the Geneva Motor Show next March, but our spy photographers have already given us our best look yet at the brand’s latest VW Golf rival.
It’s appeared completely undisguised, masked only by protective orange plastic cladding, and almost every line and detail can be made out. And the third-generation A-class will clearly be heavily inspired by the A-class sedan concept that Mercedes displayed at the Shanghai Motor Show earlier in the year.
Much slimmer LED headlamps and a taller glasshouse – which indicates that there will be more space inside – are the biggest visual changes over today’s model.
Around the back, new pear drop-shaped tail-lights shake things up compared with the outgoing version. The overall look is perhaps not as dramatic as the concept car, but because the A-class is such a big seller for Mercedes, an inoffensive approach is necessary to broaden its appeal.
Under the skin it’s all change, too, with the new A-class set to be based on a heavily revised platform that’s designed to improve comfort, practicality and refinement.
That new chassis tech will also open up the opportunity for plug-in hybrid technology, should Mercedes care to launch the A-class with such a powertrain.
New 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engines will appear in the line-up, as will a new range-topping 400bhp AMG model.
“Under skin it’s all change, too, with revised platform”