Bright fu­ture as next A-class is spied on road

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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”

AGENT OR­ANGE Spies caught new Mercedes on test wear­ing bright plas­tic cladding, but slim­mer lights are vis­i­ble

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